All our training and learning opportunities are designed specifically for third sector groups. We understand that budgets are tight and so offer training at competitive rates, with reduced rates for members. As well as our standard training courses, we can source or facilitate specific requests. Our courses can also be adapted to suit individual group’s needs so if you have a particular issue in mind, why not give us a call.

In keeping with our policy of equality of access, we’ll travel to the isles to deliver training at no extra cost.

Courses offered include:

  • Committee procedures/meetings
  • Governance
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Financial management
  • Basic book-keeping/Treasurer's Toolkit
  • Project plan writing
  • Volunteer management

Check out our Events calendar for current course dates, or contact Edwina for more information.

Do you work in the education sector with young people? Why not join The Outward Bound Trust for a free education taster course.

  • Build your knowledge of outdoor learning and find out how a partnership with The Trust will help your pupils to thrive in the classroom and beyond. 
  • It's an ideal opportunity to find out more about the benefits of learning outside the classroom and to meet The Trust's expert instructors and our Education Team. 
  • Discover a fresh approach to learning whilst contributing towards your own professional development and networking with like-minded teachers.
  • All food, equipment and accommodation, will be provided free of charge - you just need to bring yourself, a colleague and a sense of adventure!

Open to teachers and youth leaders, these taster courses will take place on:

  • 21 February in Snowdonia.
  • 16-17 March in the Lake District.
  • 27-28 April in Loch Eil.

The Loch Eil course will focus on DYW through Outdoor Learning and will have a mix of education, youth, employers and funders – blog details at

Find out more.

10.00-12.30 28th February 2018 Albert Hotel, Kirkwall

Registration for the consultation in Kirkwall -

You can access the consultation document here and the online consultation at:

In the last Parliamentary term, the Scottish Government welcomed The Equal Opportunities Committee report on Social Isolation which was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. The committee found that social isolation and loneliness was a problem in Scotland, and recommended that the Government developed a national strategy to tackle it. This consultation is an important part of the process.

You can attend a consultation event in Kirkwall on 28th February – register at:

You can access the consultation document here and the online consultation at

Social Isolation and loneliness is an issue that can affect anyone at any age or stage of their lives. Feelings of loneliness have been demonstrated to have wide ranging consequences for those effected. and has been shown to lead to depression across all ages, as well as cognitive decline and dementia in older people. There is also the potential for serious physical health implications which have been compared to those of obesity or smoking.

We want a Scotland where individuals and communities are more connected and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, status, circumstances or identity. We see the role of communities as vital in achieving this goal, and have already began to empower them to make decisions that help them address their unique priorities. Because communities are so central to tackling this problem, it is important that the people who live in them get to have their say.

Location: Edinburgh City
Start: Thu, 25 Jan 2018 10:00
End: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:00

Digitally Agile Community Learning and Development – The Basics is a collaborative project between Learning Link Scotland, YouthLink Scotland and Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC)
This free training aims to support community learning and development practitioners to develop basic digital skills and to embed those skills into community learning and development practice.
The training will focus on basic digital skills of managing information, communicating, transacting, problem solving, creating and staying safe online. The context for the course will be how basic digital skills can become embedded in the practitioners’ community learning and development practice.

The Training:
• Two days – day one will focus on basic digital skills, day two will focus on how to use digital skills in community learning and development practice
• Day one will be on 25 January and 8 February
• Both days will run from 10.00 – 15.00 and refreshments and lunch will be provided
• The training will take place at: Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St. Mary’s Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SU.

Find out more.

Price: FREE

Contact Jackie Howie

Tel 0141 353 5649


Location: Glasgow City
Start: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 09:30
End: Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:45

This one-day training conference will create a series of interactive discussion forums for those working with boys and young men around behaviour, relationships, sexual development and mental health and consider how we can ensure boys are fully engaged and supported in these areas and, through such empowerment, better able to make the right choices.
Bringing together professionals from across Scotland’s schools, education and wider integrated children’s services, the event will explore:
•The root causes and pressures that can underpin boys’ negative behaviours.
•Mental health issues that particularly affect boys and the resources in place to address this.
•Support and guidance boys may require as they develop into adulthood
•The importance of role models..
•Boys, relationships and sex – attitudes, peer-pressure and consent.


Price: £99.00 to £199.00 - 20% discount for members of YouthLink Scotland (quote YouthLink20)
Contact Policy Hub Scotland

Tel 0131 344 4611, e-mail



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