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Community Learning and Development


The Community Learning and Development Service in West Lothian is part of Area Services and works with adults, communities and young people.  There are a range of learning opportunities, mainstream youth clubs and other activities available in local areas.

Community Youth Services

The Work with Young P eople Team 
The purpose of youth work in West Lothian is to support young people aged 10-25 years to help develop their potential both as individuals and as a member of the community by:    

  • Building self esteem and self confidence
  • Developing the ability to manage personal and social relationships
  • Creating learning and developing new skills
  • Encouraging positive group atmospheres
  • Building the capacity of young people to consider risk, make reasoned decisions and take control
  • Developing a world view which widens horizons and invites social commitment 

The aim is to support the personal, social and educational development of young people. This can be translated into the following:

  • Young People and Learning
  • Young People Being Included
  • Young People Being Actively Involved  

The Work with Adults & Communities Team
The purpose of work with adults is to raise standards of achievement in learning, through community based lifelong learning opportunities incorporating the core skills of literacy, numeracy, communications, working with others, problem solving and information communications technology (ICT)
We do this by 

  • Providing 10 learning centres offering computer facilities and training
  • Training for voluntary organisations and groups on, e.g.: child protection; the roles of committee members  through our Voluntary Organisations & Childcare Training Calendar
  • Supporting Management Committees to develop their expertise and knowledge
  • Running adult classes on a wide range of topics
  • Helping adults improve their reading, writing and numbers
  • Running lip-reading classes for people who have hearing difficulties


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