Published 08 September 2023

A group of adult learners from West Dunbartonshire have been recognised nationally for their work to raise the profile of adult learning opportunities in the area.

The West Dunbartonshire Learners' Voice (WDLV) group won an award at the Adult Learners’ Week Awards which celebrated achievements in community based adult learning.

The group – made up of learners and volunteers attending courses run by the Council’s Working4U Adult Learning and Literacies team – were praised for their resilience and commitment to promoting the voice of learners through their weekly meetings.

It was also noted that having the opportunity to join WDLV – which is supported by the Council's Development Officer - had been transformative for members, instilling a greater sense of community ownership and purpose.  

Members were accompanied by Working4U employees, as well as Councillor Gurpreet Singh Johal and Councillor Hazel Sorrell, who are Convener and Vice Convener of the Council’s Housing and Communities committee.

Councillor Johal said: “This is an extremely well deserved award and I would like to offer my congratulations to this group. Their hard work throughout the year has ensured Working4U can continue to offer adult learning that is learner-centred, accessible, supportive and achieves a wide range of outcomes for individuals, their families and the whole community.”

Councillor Sorrell added: “I was really pleased to be able to share in the celebrations of this group, and this award is testament to the good they do to raise the profile of what is on offer for adult learners in West Dunbartonshire. Providing these opportunities is really important – not only does it equip our residents with vital practical skills, but it boosts confidence and reduces isolation.”

For more information on what opportunities are available for adult learners in West Dunbartonshire, please visit: Adult Learning | West Dunbartonshire Council (