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Community based adult learning

Adult literacy and numeracy and English for speakers of other languages

Youth, Family and Community Learning Service are a multi-disciplinary service whose remit covers all aspects of learning for young people, families and adults. The ALN and ESOL teams have a specific focus in helping people who have low levels of literacy, numeracy and IT skills, as well as for new Scots whose first language is not English.

Learning is normally delivered in a range of informal settings in communities - for example, schools, community centres, leisure centres and in partnership with a wide variety of organisations in the South Lanarkshire council area; covering areas of interest such as health and wellbeing, employment and volunteering, to name a few.  Most learning is currently taking place online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some limited interaction is still possible with vulnerable individuals and groups; and this is important in the context of the work we do to help people within our communities who are marginalised, vulnerable and in need of support.

Learning is free, learner-centred, lifelong and life-wide. We offer support in learners’ individual, family, community and working lives.  Learners negotiate and agree individual learning plans with their tutors to meet specific goals – this could be anything from compiling a CV and applying for a job, to helping children with homework or studying for citizenship and driving tests.  Classes are available day and evening throughout the week at times to meet learner need and run throughout the year, with most being supported by a team of fully trained volunteer tutor assistants.

In addition to the range of informal learning we provide, our adult learners also can achieve a recognised qualification through accredited learning with SQA Core Skills units in Communication, Numeracy and Information and Communications Technology.  Volunteers can also gain accreditation from SQA in the form of the Professional Development Award in Supporting Adult Literacies Learning.

For information on how we can support your learning progress, please contact us at:

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