Initially the priority was to establish and consolidate the CLP at county and area levels. A County Steering Group comprising representatives of the fee paying members of the NYCLP was established to provide direction for the work of six area groups for Craven, Hambleton / Richmondshire, Harrogate, Ryedale, Scarborough and Selby.
The core members of the area groups were the fee paying members of the CLP which offered learning opportunities in the given area but associate membership was extended (at no charge) to include other providers of community learning and representatives from other agencies with an interest and / or who could provide information about needs in the area.
The early work of the CLP then included:
  • Work to map and analyse existing provision to identify gaps and duplication
  • Surveying voluntary organisations across the county in order to try to develop further capacity in the sector
  • Developing links with Children’s Centres and Libraries
  • Undertaking surveys in the areas of the county where participation was low in order to identify learning and progression opportunities and learners’ needs.
The NYCLP then began to use a more detailed check-list of priorities to ensure that the planning of provision at an area level (and therefore aggregated across the county) was not only collaborative but also inclusive, coherent and consistent with SFA priorities. This also helped to begin to describe the North Yorkshire Community Learning Partnership Offer and the contributions that individual organisations and institutions were making.
In 2013/14 the CLP adopted a Strategic Framework for the Development of Community Learning which included a statement (adapted from documents prepared by the Cheshire West and Chester Employment, Skills and Learning Service) to confirm its commitment to collaborative planning and a universal offer of community learning opportunities but also committed to increase the percentage of provision specifically targeted towards learners under-represented in learning.
The groups were defined and a Planning Provision Template based on these Priority Groups was prepared and used to develop elements of new provision and to plan all provision for 2014/15.
The change in the balance of provision has been the key task for the NYCLP since its inception but the County Steering Group has also provided a template for development s at an area level which has included:
  • Continuing to consolidate and develop the area partnership groups including regular consideration of involving representatives from other providers in the area.
  • Continuing to develop third sector infrastructure and work with voluntary groups
  • Demonstrating how Pound Plus work is contributing to the universal offer and leading to better targeting of provision.
  • Developing some joint marketing of provision.
  • Increasing the involvement of the community and individual learners (including potential learners).
  • Assisting organisations that do not receive SFA funds to promote their community learning offer.
North Yorkshire County Council took a lead in planning Community Learning in a different, more collaborative, way for 2014/15 and this resulted in:
  • A greater proportion of provision that was targeted towards the priority groups of the CLP;
  • Some very clear examples of how Pound Plus (added value) was being implemented;
  • Clear identification of opportunities for learners to progress;
  • Opportunities for other providers (whether funded by SFA or not) to identify and fill any gaps in provision (particularly in relation to priority groups).

In 2015 /16, the commitment to collaborative planning and a universal offer of community learning opportunities continued but the over-riding priority was to increase still further the percentage of provision specifically targeted towards learners under-represented in learning. Work also built upon an “Evidence of Impact” survey conducted with members.
 In 2016 the core membership of the Steering Group remained as those who had, in the past, received community learning funding directly from the SFA but key colleagues in York and the East Riding attended the group to explore their interest in joining an enhanced partnership.
Area groups became more self-supporting in terms of chairing and recording minutes but were provided with a framework to encourage them to be focussed on a small number of priorities and tasks. Area groups were also invited to propose activities that they would like to be undertaken by the Co-ordinator and / or Your Consortium. NYCC’s ALSS staff chaired meetings and took minutes but the Co-ordinator attended the first round of area meetings and thereafter monitored progress by receiving agendas and minutes. Then in
April 2017, the Steering Group agreed its plans and priorities for the remainder of 2016/17 and in to 2017/18.


 By July 2017:
  • It had been agreed that the Steering Group would henceforth be known as the Strategy Group and the six area groups would continue with all current members of all groups confirmed as remaining eligible for membership.
  • The membership of the Steering Grouphad been extended by co-opting senior representation from Public Health, Adult Social Care, Stronger Communities, The Library Service, The Police, The YNYER LEP, JCP and North Yorkshire Sport.
  • The Memoranda of Agreement had been re-drafted to reflect the wider membership of the Strategy Group and emphasise the role of the countywide group to provide vision, direction, challenge of one another and hold area groups to account.
  • The Strategic Guidance for development of community learning in North Yorkshire had been revised to give more of a focus on entitlement and motivations for learning, making explicit links to the strategic priorities of others (including health, social care and community development).


The NYCLP has also run two very successful conferences at Askham Bryan College (in 2014 and 2015 for its members and other invited guests.