Community learning and development

Community learning and development in East Lothian is delivered by Connected Communities Service working in collaboration with a number of Council services and partner organisations. This work is guided by the CLD Plan, the latest draft plan 2021-24 is attached. This will be consulted upon over the next few months before being finalised.

Community learning and development activities include family learning, youth work, support for volunteering, capacity building and adult learning.

Download Draft Community and Learning Development plan 2021-2024

Children and youth work

Find out what children and youth work is happening in your local community centre, you can check online or pop into your local Community Centre to find out more about what activities are currently being provided.

Additional information about youth work:

  • Young Scot - for information about Young Scot rewards, discounts and other useful information visit the Young Scot website
  • Youth Parliament - get involved with the East Lothian Youth Parliament, to find out more visit the Scottish Youth Parliament website or contact the community learning and development team
  • Duke of Edinburgh - to find out more about what’s involved in Duke of Edinburgh awards or to find a group near you, email dofe@eastlothian.gov.uk or visit the The Duke of Edinburgh website
  • Youth Link Scotland - is the national agency for youth work, representing more than 100 youth work organisations across Scotland, to find out more visit the Youth Link Scotland website

Community training calendar

Want to improve or learn a new skill? Need to take part in training to help with your current role?

In partnership with other organisations, we are offering a range of free short training courses open to all East Lothian volunteers and staff. 

View our community training calendar

For further information please get in touch with the Connected Communities team via the details on this page.

Family learning

What is family learning? Children in Scotland spend approx. 85% of their waking time at home or in their communities and this provides a significant opportunity for learning. Family learning encourages family members to learn together, this includes intergenerational learning which is young and old learning from each other. Family learning activities helps parents to learn how to support their children’s learning whilst having fun. To find out about the Family learning opportunities in your community ask to speak to your local Community Development Officer.

Community based adult learning

Community based adult learning takes place in different community settings and is delivered in a variety of ways. Community Learning and Development Services offers groups and courses on parenting, health and wellbeing and personal development. If you are interested in finding what groups and courses are on offer to develop new skills, build confidence and self-esteem then please contact your local community centre.

Email: connectedcommunities@eastlothian.gov.uk