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Readers, Reporters and Other Roles with ESB

Membership of ESB is open to anyone who is interested in Community Development Learning and Qualifications, is experienced in the field and who accepts the principles and values of community development and the ESB criteria.

On a day to day basis work is co-ordinated by a Board of volunteers. Members can join in with any areas of the ESB’s work:

  • Joining the Board to assist with strategic development
  • Opting to represent the ESB on other bodies
  • Becoming involved in specific events or areas of work including reading, reporting and panel membership for endorsements

How does it work and what roles are there?

People move in and out of the work as their situation changes, they may have more or less time, have changed jobs or move to retirement. People may also join the Board to add additional or complementary skills and knowledge e.g. with the more recent work on dual validation people with a youth and community background have put themselves forward and become involved.

The Board meets by Skype a few times a year and, when resources permit, it meets face to face, usually once a year. Similarly working groups on specific tasks link by Skype with the occasional meeting.

ESB does not have any paid staff and pays for web hosting and website work and for the administration connected to endorsements on a piece by piece basis. Occasionally the ESB pays for specific pieces of work, e.g. designing the research questionnaire, but generally members freely volunteer their time with expenses being paid where appropriate.

Some people apply to be readers and reporters for the endorsement teams; you can apply by contacting us. These are scrutinised by 2 people from the Board, who are nominated annually. People accepted into the reader and reporters roles are offered initial training and then refresher training as required. These are different as they are paid roles. Whenever a programme is due to be endorsed a call will go out to the pool of trained readers/ reporters and a team selected from those available. Each person will be given a contract with an allocated number of hours for the programme they are endorsing. Readers/ reporters can choose to opt out for a time if their situation changes and then come back in again later, with refresher training if required.

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Board can get in touch with the ESB here and an active current member will be in touch to talk about how they may wish to join in, based on their interests and expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join ESB?

Anyone with an interest in community development learning

What qualifications do I need to be a reader or reporter

You must have a relevant community development qualification at the equivalant level you will be reading or reporting for i.e if you wish to read for a undergraduate degree you miust hold at least the equivalant of an undergraduate degree.

Why should I join ESB?

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Where will I find the ESB criteria?

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Who is endorsed by ESB?

Higher education institutions

What is Recognition?

Regogntion is validation of learning through reflection

Recognition is a mentor supported process which validates people's learning from reflecting on their practice (paid or unpaid). Recognition is based on the core values of community development and the ESB criteria for community development work (incorporating the 2023 UK CD NOS, the IACD international Standards for Community Development and the UN sustainability goals) which set out the skills and knowledge required to be an effective CD practitioner.

Find out more about Recognition here