Community Learning and Development Youth Services
Community Learning and Development Youth Services provides learning opportunities for young people so that they can develop their potential and reach a positive destination.
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 members of the community by:
- Building self-esteem and self-confidence to create confident individuals.
- Developing the ability to manage personal and social relationships.
- Creating learning, developing new skills and becoming successful learners.
- Supporting young people in transition.
- Building the capacity of young people to consider risk, make reasoned decisions and become effective contributors.
- Developing a world view which widens horizons and supports responsible citizenship.
- Young people choose to participate.
- The work must build from where young people are.
- Youth work recognises the young person and the youth worker as partners in a learning process.
CLD Youth Services provision in West Lothian covers five key themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Community Safety
- Accredited Learning
Included in our provision are the following Learning Opportunities:
- Youth and Children's Clubs Young people have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to develop skills for life learning and work, gain new experiences, develop friendships and participate in accredited learning programmes.
- Youth Work In Schools We work in partnership to provide programmes of support to secondary and special schools in West Lothian which are responsive to the needs of young people, identified by schools.
- Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme We manage the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme for West Lothian Council and work in partnership with secondary schools and local voluntary organisations to provide opportunities for young people to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards Scheme.
- Schools Vocational Programme The Schools Vocational Programme provides a range of practical and vocational learning courses for young people aged 15 -18, who would benefit from additional experience and skills prior to leaving school.
- Young People's Voice We actively encourage young people to have their voices heard in West Lothian. We do this by supporting Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, West Lothian Youth Congress as well as local area and issue based forums.
- Issue-based Group Work We develop group work programmes with young people in our communities focusing on key issues.
- Skills Training Programme Our Skills Training Programme is open to 16 to 19 year-old school leavers who need support to move into employment or training.
- More Choices More Chances (MCMC) Keyworkers Services Our MCMC Keyworkers provide one to one support to young people supporting them to develop the confidence, skills and knowledge to make a successful transition into further education, work-based training or employment.
- Activity Agreement /Helping Young People Engage (HYPE) HYPE is a skills based programme open to 16 - 19 year olds, who have an Activity Agreement to re-engage with learning. Through a youth work approach, we support young people to develop their personal, social and work skills to progress into further education, training or employment.