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Youth work

South Ayrshire youth work activity

Community Learning and Development coordinate youth work provision through the South Ayrshire Youth Work Strategic group, Learning Community Partnerships and through local planning groups involving young people. Our work is planned in line with the Curriculum for Excellence and underpinned by CLD Regulations (2013).

CLD youth work includes:

Youth Groups / Clubs (PDF) [193KB] : Work with young people to plan and deliver 19 weekly youth groups for 8 - 21 year olds across South Ayrshire. In addition we work in partnership with voluntary groups to support the delivery of a further three sessions which includes supporting young adults with physical and or learning disabilities and supporting parent led groups.

Youth Work in Schools: We work in partnership with all our Secondary Schools to deliver targeted programme to young people who are at risk of not achieving a positive destination. CLD staff will work with them to deliver targeted work in response to needs and group interests and this can include completing a Duke of Edinburgh Award, Youth Achievement Award, or another wider achievement award.

Youth Awards: CLD work together with partners and young people to enable young people to achieve a range of SQCF, accredited and non-accredited awards including Dynamic Youth, Youth Achievement Awards, Duke of Edinburgh, and John Muir. CLD is the lead Operating Agency for South Ayrshire, supporting 8 participating units to train others and moderate awards ensuing a good standard of awards are achieved which is nationally recognised as good practice.

Detached Youth Work: CLD staff work across South Ayrshire to engage with young people on the streets as part of our ongoing partnership with the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP). Staff will deliver key safety messages to young people, divert them away from anti-social behaviour and encourage them to access local provision that suits their needs and interests.

Holiday Programmes: The CLD service deliver a range of holiday programmes at Easter, Summer and October with a range of sessions, activities, events and trips on offer. For more information, contact us at