University of Glasgow Activate Course

 University of Glasgow

This is a Community based introduction to Community Development provided by the University of Glasgow in partnership with local agencies/organisations, which in this case will be Activ8ourplace. We are holding an information session on Monday 7th October 2019 at 10.00 a.m. in Branchton Community Centre for anyone who is interested in taking part. The course itself will kick off two weeks later. The course coordinator from the University of Glasgow will be present to talk about the course. 

The main aim is to give people who are active in their community an opportunity to reflect on what they do and why they do it. Participants get the opportunity to examine different practice approaches to working in the community, all of which will assist them in being even more effective in their practice. In addition to this, the programme contributes to the sustainability of organisations, networks and initiatives and leads to increased community participation.


Key features:

  • Activate is a way of developing community capacity by giving participants the opportunity to reflect on their practice in the light of basic community work values and principles. It builds on the experience of those who work in the community, in either a paid or unpaid capacity.
  • The teaching and learning is informal and participative and yet challenges participants to think more deeply about the work they are doing and how they can contribute to the development of their community.
  • Flexible local delivery of this 50 hour course ensures that it is accessible for the people your organisation is working with.
  • The specific learning on the programme can be tailored to the needs of the particular group.


Key concepts explored:

  • What is community work?
  • Values and Principles of community work.
  • Equality /Anti-discrimination
  • Power and Participation
  • Local – global issues.


Practice approaches:

  • Learning for change
  • Identifying needs
  • Group work
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Evaluation.


The Key tasks – participants will undertake the following;

  • Discrimination essay (500words)
  • Community investigation (small group presentation)
  • Understanding group dynamics (presentation)

Do not worry about the above assessments. There will be plenty of help on hand to ensure that you are able to put together the work required to get through this course.


This is what previous participants have said about the course: -


  • “I learned how to be a better listener and more calm in a debate.”
  • “I now have a different way of looking at my community”
  • “I learned some theories behind the practice and that we can make a difference.”
  • ‘It gave me the confidence to challenge the so-called experts!’


Our partner organisations say:


  • “Activate helped people gain a better understanding of local policy – people then understand the structures within the community and how they can make a difference”
  • “The reputation of the University gave a real sense of confidence and achievement to the students who took part – it helped them to believe that they could go on and further develop their learning”
  • “An additional benefit of Activate is that it strengthens local networks – people get a chance to listen to each other and see different ways of working together”

As a direct result of their experience and involvement in the Activate programme, local people have gained the confidence to put into practice what they learn in a variety of ways:


  • Most have gone on to increase their volunteering activity.
  • 45% of people going through Activate have gone on to Further or Higher Education.
  • Feedback has confirmed that participants feel more able to express their views, enthusiasm and energy on specific issues and are better equipped to take a strategic approach to dealing with problems and search for solutions than ever before in their communities.

If this sounds like something you may be interested in then come along to the information session or get in touch with us for more details.