Capacity Building

Community Learning & Development plays a vital role in supporting and encouraging people, either individually or in groups to develop projects which will be of benefit to the whole community.  The Community Learning & Development Service provides assistance to voluntary groups and enables volunteers to learn new skills and develop in confidence.  The service also aims to encourage individuals and groups to participate in determining the conditions which affect their lives.

Youth Councils and Youth Voices

Western Isles Youth Council (143.9kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Youth Councils Contacts Details
Area Contact Address Telephone / e-mail
Lewis Erica Clark

Community Learning & Development Office
Sandwickhill Learning Centre
East Street
Isle of Lewis HS2 0AG

Tel:  01851 822743
Harris Mairi Maciver

Community Learning & Development Office
Isle of Harris

Tel:  01859 502367
Uist Catriona Morrison Community Learning & Development Office
Lionaclete Education centre
Isle of Benbecula  HS7 5RJ
Tel:  01870 603671
Barra Katie Denehy Community Learning & Development Office
Castlebay Hall
Isle of Barra HS9 5XD
Tel:  01871 817215

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)

The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is a non-political, youth-led organisation that seeks to represent and be representative of Scotland’s young people aged 14-25. The SYP is designed by young people, led by young people, for the benefit of young people. Eilean Siar has 2 seats at the SYP.

Membership of The Scottish Youth Parliament (187.9kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

Young Scot Western Isles

Young Scot Western Isles (Information Leaflet) (182.6kB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


Erica Clark

Western Isles Learners Forum

The Western Isles Learners Forum is a group aimed at giving learners a say in the organisation of adult literacies   learning and is open to all adult literacy and numeracy learners in the Western Isles. More information can be found on the Forum’s website which is or from the leaflet attached below:

Forum Leaflet (1.5MB) (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)


Graeme Miller