SCOTTISH Borders Council’s executive member for culture, sport and community learning, Graham Garvie believes the approval by the council’s executive of the restructuring of community learning and development services will “ensure they remain affordable, sustainable and effective.”
The restructuring of the services aims to embed them in learning communities, make them more resilient and sustainable, improve the outcomes and impact of the work they do and achieve savings.
The community learning and development services review considered the effectiveness of the current delivery of services, looked at alternative ways to deliver services and sought budget savings using a set of key criteria.
Community learning activity in youth work, adult learning and community capacity building were all considered by the review which identified a number of recommendations.
These were approved and included: that the core areas of community learning activity – youth work, adult learning and community capacity building – are embedded in learning communities.
Alternative models of delivery are established for specialist community learning services with: pre-vocational and vocational training delivered from within the proposed new corporate employability service; youth engagement and participation programmes integrated with the policy and planning team in the education department; community learning and development services programmes targeted at the vulnerable, disengaged and disadvantaged delivered through the localities model or by partners in further education and youth media projects linked with partners in the social enterprise and third sector. Glenn Rodger, Scottish Borders Council’s director of education and lifelong learning, commented: “The approval of the proposed restructuring of community learning and development services will allow us to continue to drive forward changes to these services and develop the staff structures and partnership working which are necessary to support new ways of delivering them.”