Community Links Scotland Training

Community Links Scotland provide a range of training and volunteering opportunities throughout the year. We have become a fully accredited SQA training centre and will be providing a number of SQA courses in the future. Volunteers and staff alike can choose from short courses aimed to enhance their skills. See below for a list of current courses.

We are currently running the following courses:


PDA in Youth Work

The Personal Development Award (PDA) in Youth Work has been designed for those working with young people in a community learning and development context. It is suitable for people who have experience of youth work in a paid or volunteering capacity but who might not have formal qualifications in youth work.

The PDA in Youth Work offers a nationally recognised SQA accredited qualification at SCQF Level 6. It is made up of three units:

How to Apply

Deadline for applications: N/A - please contact us for more information.

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Please note this leaflet applies to a past session of this training. The new dates of the classes will be confirmed soon.



University of Glasgow Activate

Background Information
This is a certificated course in community development designed by University of Glasgow to be delivered in partnership with community organisations with an aim to explore key concepts, values and principles of community development. The course has offered more than 800 local people the opportunity to engage and explore a number of community development concepts and relate these to their own lived experiences.

This course received a highly commended award at the 2009 Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL) conference for its contribution to the lifelong learning agenda.

Length of the course

Who the course is for?
This course is designed for and helps build on the experience of participating volunteers, community activists and staff working within a community setting. The course works better with a variance in demographics (age range from fourteen to sixties). Its main aim is to give local people who are active in their communities (or are interested in becoming active) an opportunity to reflect on what they do, why they do it in order for them to be more effective in getting their voices heard and making positive changes in the community where they belong.

Topics covered Benefits
As a direct result of their experience and involvement in Activate programme, local people have gained the confidence to put into practice what the have learned in a variety of ways. Most have gone on to increase their volunteer activity, 45% going through the course have gone onto further or higher education. Other participants have found work within community settings or have gained promotion since participating in the programme. Each person completing the course has a guaranteed interview for the BE Community Learning & Development degree course.

Some testimonies
Organisations: Participants:

How to Apply

Community Links Scotland run this course approximately twice a year depending on demand. If you're interested in taking part, please get in touch to find out when the next session is.

NOTE FOR ORGANISATIONS: We can tailor the course to suit your needs and can run the course on demand for your staff - please get in touch to discuss this.

Next Activate session: TBC
Please contact us if you'd like to take part in the next one.

If you'd like to sign up for the course or need more information, please get in touch.

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