Community workers unite

COMMUNITY education workers who have been left without a national structure are to try to reform as a professional grouping early next month and want to include voluntary sector workers.

Sweeping changes nationally and locally have decimated many services, splitting professional staff between different agencies. The Scottish Association of Community Education Staff is being disbanded through lack of support.

Inez Visser, the association's secretary, said: "There is still a need for a professional association and we are continually asked to comment on policy documents and sit on national committees."

Any new association will embrace the change in terminology from community education to community learning and development. Fraser Patrick, director of neighbourhood resources in Dundee, said staff were good at organising others but had little energy to organise themselves.

An open meeting will be held in Glasgow on September 3.

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