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 4 April 2013.

SONY DSCArrochar YOUTH , Route 81 Youth Project and West Dunbartonshire Ten2Ten took part in this year’s Activate course that aims to give them an opportunity learn how they can contribute to the development of their communities and to reflect on what they do and why they do it.

At the last session in Arrochar Three Villages Hall, the groups gave presentations on their community investigation projects. The Arrochar YOUTH group investigated the lack of activities for teenagers in rural communities and worked together to run events including a live music gig. Route 81 surveyed students of the Hermitage Academy in Helensburgh about drinking and looked at ways to prevent young people from excessive drinking by providing more activities. Ten2Ten group have been working on a French exchange project that aims to bring together young people from West Dunbartonshire and the town of Beauvoisin in the South of France.

activate_presentationsThe Activate course is one of the ways in which CLS invests in volunteers to equip them with skills and theoretical knowledge on fundamentals of community development principles and practices. It is a relevant programme that links with their frontline volunteering and enables them to build their skills, experience and knowledge whilst learning.

The volunteers’ ages ranged from 15 to late 50s but each one brought with them a fantastic amount of motivation, enthusiasm and open-mindedness to get through the work of the course which they will now be able to apply to make a difference in their communities. All of them had committed to 50 hours of volunteer work in their communities in exchange of the chance to take part in the Activate course.

The Activate course is a community based introduction to community development provided by the University of Glasgow in partnership with local agencies and organisations. It was facilitated by Janette Devlin, CLS’s Volunteer and Training Coordinator.  For more information on the course and how you can take part, please contact Janette.



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