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Community Learning and Development

Community Learning and Development
14 January 2021

How are our small, but dedicated, CLD Team continuing to manage and develop since entering Level 3?

Youth Work

We are in the process of appointing two additional temporary full-time staff to expand the CLD youth work offer and support to young people in schools.  This has been funded through the Scottish Government Youth Work Education Recovery fund.

Some youth clubs were running between October – December in Orkney but since entering Level 3 and until schools are open again then, unfortunately, no universal youth clubs will be able to operate. Instead we are offering the following:

  • activities on universal Youth Club Facebook pages for members to do in their own time;
  • starting to deliver some street-work to engage with groups of young people outside;
  • seeking funding to run some targeted and resourced Health and Wellbeing online sessions for young people.

Some of our youth work staff are working in schools to assist with pupils who are currently still attending school while we are also offering some online youth work courses via schools and other youth organisations - such as Google B Internet Citizens, iLead: Money and Confidence to Cook.

Orkney Youth Forum and Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) are still meeting regularly online and with relevant officials to discuss matters important to them.

Additional mobile data is still being offered to young people as a result of funding previously received from Youth Scotland.


We have developed the P7 Young Scot card application form so that it can now be accessed and completed by parents online.  This will be dispersed to P7 parents via schools when schools return.

Youth Accreditation

Youth Achievement Dynamic Youth and Hi5 participants are still being supported to continue their awards online.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award - CLD are working with Outdoor Education and school staff to ensure that young people will still be able to complete their Awards where possible.

Expeditions have proved problematic under the Covid-19 restrictions as expedition equipment cannot be shared. However, additional equipment has now been sourced and circumstances allowing, expeditions will take place from the end of March onwards. With regard to the volunteering, physical and skill sections of the Award, young people will be awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Certificate of Achievement for completion of those three sections and on completion of all four sections, including the expedition section, young people will be presented with the full Award.

Employability Support

  • Connecting Scotland devices have been distributed to 26 families and young people most in need.
  • The Bike Maintenance and Employability Project in partnership with Employability Orkney, Cycle Orkney, and Job Centre Plus has seen six people completed and six more people referred for the next block when we can commence with face to face group work sessions.
  • We are currently supporting 20 individuals, producing individual bespoke, holistic development plans and supporting people to work towards individual targets.
  • We continue to offer on-line employability support to support individuals in job search, application form completion, interview techniques and support to access online courses etc.
  • Development on virtual work experience opportunities.

Community Learning Classes

Community Learning Classes

  • The 2021 programme of community learning courses has been produced and a new online booking system launched to make participating even easier for everyone. Unfortunately, while we remain in this current Level 3, only online and outdoor classes can go ahead. If you would like to know more use the following link:

Community Support

  • Online meetings and support with communities continues as and where required.


School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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