Community Learning and Development

Edinburgh Tenants Federation uses a community development approach in our work with local tenants’ groups. This means we provide practical and development support, opportunities for people to connect, information and training to enable and empower individuals and tenants’ groups to influence the issues in their local communities.

And we’re big on contributing to Community Learning and Development as a profession.

We are proud to regularly host Community Learning and Development / Community Education/Housing student placements at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. We currently have partnering arrangements with the University of Edinburgh,University of Dundee and University of Stirling.

All our development staff are registered practitioners with the Community Learning and Development Standards Council for Scotland.

We led a workshop in the International Association of Community Development (IACD) Conference Community is the Answer at Glasgow University in 2014 and at the Community Development Journal Conference Why Community Development? Continuity and Innovation  at Edinburgh University in June 2015.

Our Development Coordinator, Clare MacGillivray took part in an IACD Practice Exchange to India in March 2016, and was awarded the prestigious Nette Nelson Travel Scholarship from the Community Development Society to present at their Conference in Montana in June 2017,  as well as presenting to the University of Kentucky as part of their CLD Unexpected Series.

Clare was appointed to the Board of the IACD in August 2017. She explains in this short film why its so important to connect the local to the global.

We are always on the look-out for links that will enhance our work, so if you feel your organisation could connect positively with us, or if you’d like to join ETF for a student placement, please get in touch.