Archive for the Training & Employment Category

ACT Argyll is Go!

ACT Argyll is Go!

A new partnership between Dunbritton Housing Association, West Highland Housing Association and Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside Trust has secured the funding support needed to launch ACT Argyll with teams in Helensburgh and Oban.

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Watchmeal Crescent improvements start with site clearance and creating community art

Watchmeal Crescent improvements start with site clearance and creating community art

The improvement works at Watchmeal Crescent in Faifley started in October and the contractor has completed site clearance works preparing the area for the new look.

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CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

CLS Volunteers celebrate their achivements in the last year

It was time for all of our volunteers to meet again and reflect on their work in 2013, share with us their ideas on how our volunteering service could improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

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Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

Testimonial: Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club

We have been providing a lot of training and volunteering opportunities in the recent years and we have helped a number of youth and community groups set up and run projects that improve life in local communities. Angela Mckell from the Arrochar YOUTH and Youth Club, one of such organisations, has sent us her comment […]

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Volunteer Case Study: Morag

One of our key aims is to support volunteers to gain crucial work based experience skills and access a comprehensive relevant training programme which equips them to help meet the needs of their local community and a progression route into further training/education or employment. Morag is a mature volunteer who came to CLS to enquire […]

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Youth Workers and Volunteers Develop Their Skills

Youth Workers and Volunteers Develop Their Skills

Our first SQA accredited course, the PDA in Youth Work, is well underway with the group of volunteers completing the first unit (Engaging With Young People). So far they have enjoyed the new learning experience and some of them having to work hard at starting to learn again after a few years of not formalising […]

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Positive Achievements Celebrate a Successful Year

Positive Achievements Celebrate a Successful Year

This month saw a very successful day of a staff development event for the newly branded Positive Achievements (formally Positive Alternatives) department within East Dunbartonshire Council. The group were completing their work for the year at a fantastic celebration of the young people’s achievements throughout the year.

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First SQA Accredited Course to Start in Summer

First SQA Accredited Course to Start in Summer

Our first course run as an SQA centre will be the PDA in Youth Work that’s starting this summer. We’ve gone through an extensive application process to be established as an accredited training centre by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and we can now deliver a range of courses that are intended to develop people’s skills […]

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Volunteers Help at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

Volunteers Help at Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games

The Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games was a fantastic start to Volunteers Week on the 1st June 2013. Twenty two volunteers aged between 11 and 55+ donated their time to help out with the games on the day. The day started for some at half past seven and went on untill half past five.

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Making it Work in Inverclyde

Making it Work in Inverclyde

Through our support, three projects in Inverclyde focused on getting people off benefits and back into work have secured £419,713 from the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund. These projects, delivered in partnership with locally based organisations will use a variety of tools to support and engage with local residents in one of the most […]

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Youth Groups Complete a Community Development Course

Youth Groups Complete a Community Development Course

21 young volunteers graduated from the University of Glasgow Activate course Three community youth groups from Argyll and Bute and West Dunbartonshire completed a 50-hours community learning and development course ran by University of Glasgow and Community Links Scotland over the last months and were presented with their certificates at a graduation ceremony on the […]

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University of Glasgow Activate Course Underway in Arrochar and Garelochhead

University of Glasgow Activate Course Underway in Arrochar and Garelochhead

The second University of Glasgow’s Activate course run by CLS has started in the Centre 81 in Garelochhead. The introduction to community development course is aimed at people of all ages who are active in their communities and would like to improve their skills and use the experience to work on projects that will benefit […]

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CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

CLS Volunteers Awarded for their Work in 2012

At the end of last year, our volunteers met to reflect on their work in 2012, discuss how our volunteering service might improve and receive certificates celebrating their achievements.

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HNC Graduation

Regular readers may recall that last year we secured funding on behalf of Dunbritton Housing Association to develop an HNC in Working with Communities and PDA in Housing Law to be delivered by Clydebank College. Several partners were kind enough to give some of the young people on this course the opportunity for work placements […]

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Activate Course in Community Development Starting Soon

Community Links Scotland are ready to run the second Activate course in partnership with the University of Glasgow. The foundation course in community development is aimed at people already working in the community or volunteers wishing to learn about community work. The completion of the course will guarantee the participants an interview for the BA […]

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Second Streetlinks Activate Course Ready to Begin

Second Streetlinks Activate Course Ready to Begin

After the success of running the our first Activate Course in partnership with University of Glasgow, Streetlinks will be running a second Activate Course training event.  This is a foundation course in community development  which helps build experience of new and existing participating volunteers. The course runs for  40 hours within a group work setting and 10 hours […]

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Streetlinks Investing in Volunteers and Training

Streetlinks Investing in Volunteers and Training

May, June and July have been very busy “gala day” months for Streetlinks and Streetlinks Volunteers. 

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Streetlinks Training Programme

Streetlinks are developing their volunteer training programme this year by becoming an SQA accredited centre and are ready to deliver the PDA in Youth Work and SVQ in Volunteer Skills, in addition to many other courses available to volunteers and staff throughout the year.

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Robert’s Climb to Apprenticeship

Robert's Climb to Apprenticeship

In July last year, when 17 year old Robert Quinn from Linwood decided to volunteer at his local gala day, little did he know that it was a decision that would ultimately land him on an exciting new career path just over six months later.

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Trees, Trellis and Training

Trees, Trellis and Training

Neglected areas within Port Glasgow are getting a new lease of life thanks to the Inverclyde Green Team. The project was developed in partnership with River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT) and In-Works and is now in its second year. Since the establishment of the project in 2010, 50 unemployed residents of Greenock […]

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Students Soon to Qualify

Students Soon to Qualify

One of the most innovative projects we were asked to manage this year is a new college course designed to help give students the skills, knowledge and capabilities needed for employment in community development. This project has been Dunbritton Housing Association’s biggest Wider Role project for 2011 – 2012 and they are delighted with the […]

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Breaking Barriers to Employment

Breaking Barriers to Employment

Community Links Scotland has been working with Arklet Housing Association to develop and manage a programme that aims to break down the barriers women from black, minority and ethnic backgrounds can face when seeking further education courses and employment.

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Roots to Confidence

This has been a particularly successful, albeit small project both for Community Links Scotland and Dunbritton Housing Association who have supported the project over the last two years as part of their Wider Role activities. The project involved working with a local women’s refuge; the main aim of our work being to assist the staff […]

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