Toggle menu

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.

CLD Branding


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.

Defining Features

  • 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:

  • Participation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Safety
  • Employability
  • Accredited Learning

Included in our provision are the following Learning Opportunities:

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.
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.
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.
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.
We actively encourage young people to have their voices heard in West Lothian. We do this by supporting our Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, as well as local area and issue based forums.
We develop group work programmes with young people in our communities focusing on key issues.
Our Skills Training Programme is open to 16 to 24 year-old school leavers who need support to move into employment or training.
Our customer satisfaction form for customers attending community learning and development youth services groups
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.
HYPE is a skills based programme open to 6 - 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.
CLD Youth Services delivers a diverse range of learning opportunities and support to young people through clubs and services.