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April 19, 2017

Face to face learning

A well-judged search on the internet will bring up information on virtually anything in any number of formats. Indeed, it could be argued that there’s no longer any need to venture out from behind our computer screens. But while we can all appreciate the value of online investigation, few would deny the much richer experience of going to visit a place of interest and of talking to and learning from the people who have the knowledge and experience that you seek. Scottish Government recognises this and has renewed funding for a further year of the Community Learning Exchange.



Community Learning Exchange

The Community Learning Exchange is a fantastic opportunity for communities to learn through the exchange of ideas and the sharing of common solutions.  When community groups make visits to other communities, the most valuable part is often meeting new people with similar interests and gaining new insights and perspectives on common challenges.  Visiting groups come away armed with new ideas and approaches, and host organisations have the opportunity to explain their project to a new and interested audience, often seeing their own projects afresh through new eyes.

For examples of how learning visits have already benefited some groups click here to view the latest newsletter.

What will the exchange fund?

The Exchange will fund up to 100% of the costs of a visit by members of one community to another community project up to a limit of £750, including a host fee.  In exceptional circumstances (where travel distances are greater or certain aspects of the visit are particularly expensive) this limit can be increased.  Similarly visits out with Scotland, but within the UK will be considered where a similar project does not exist in Scotland.

The Exchange will also fund follow up support between organisations.  This might be as a result of a learning visit when it is recognised that more specific and on-going help, support, or advice is required. This can be through face-to-face meetings, by phone, e-mail, or skype. Funding for this kind of additional support will need to be negotiated seperately.

How to apply

The Exchange operates through the networks that comprise the Scottish Community Alliance.  Applications to the Exchange are processed through a network’s designated member of staff.  Applications can be made at any time for visits throughout 2016 and up until March 2017. Funding is limited, and once it has been committed no further applications will be accepted.

For guidance about the Community Learning Exchange click here.

For a sample application form click here.

Please remember, applications must be endorsed by a network that is a member of SCA

Contact details

To find out how your community-based organisation can apply to the Community Learning Exchange, contact one of the networks (check or email or call the Exchange Coordinators (Jane on 07581 216246 or Amanda on 07843 481790).