What is Community Learning?

Community Learning (CL) is a method of working with groups and individuals of all ages to engage in learning, personal development and active citizenship. Support is focused on disadvantaged or vulnerable individuals or groups with the aim of bringing about change in their lives and their communities. The term refers to a distinctive process of engagement and support with content that is negotiated with learners.

CL activity has a strong focus on early intervention, prevention, tackling inequalities and includes the following:-

  • Community development (building the capacity of communities to meet their own needs, engaging with and influencing decision makers);
  • Youth work, family learning and other early intervention work with children, young people and families;
  • Community-based adult learning, including adult literacies and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL);
  • Learning for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups and individuals, for example, people with disabilities, have care leaving experience or have a history of offending.
  • Volunteer development
  • Learning support and guidance in the community.

CL’s specific focus should be to:

1) Improve life chances for people of all ages, including young people in particular, through learning, personal development and active citizenship.

2) Stronger, more resilient, supportive, influential and inclusive communities

What Services Do We Provide?


The Community Learning Service works alongside communities and partners to ensure individuals, families and communities reach their potential through lifelong learning, mutual self-help and strong community organisations.


Working with Young People

We aim to provide all young people, aged from 11 to 25 years in Argyll and Bute, with a range of enjoyable opportunities, challenging experiences and effective support that will enhance their personal, social, emotional development and sense of identity during the transition to adulthood. The Argyll and Bute Youth Service works closely with a range of key partners including young people, the voluntary sector, schools, community colleges and  other partners.


  • Employability Skills
  • Youth Forums – Youth Voice
  • Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Activity Agreements – support for a young person to move on to empolyment, training or further education
  • GIVE Holiday Programme – Get Inspired through Volunteering and Engagement
  • Young Leaders Training  – Accredited training for young leaders

Working with Adults

We aim to provide a range of opportunities in your community to learn new skills, make connections and changes.  We offer programmes and activities, some of which are accredited under the following themes:

  • Employability / First Steps to Learning
  • ESOL – English classes for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Family Learning – a range of fun family learning activities
  • IT4Work and Life – basic computer classes
  • Literacies – help with reading, writing, spelling and numbers


If you would like to get in touch with the Community Learning team, please contact cld@liveargyll.co.uk

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