The West Dunbartonshire Learners' Voice is a group that brings current and past learners together from across West Dunbartonshire to ensure that adult learning is learner centred, and learner involvement is accessible and inclusive for all. It aims to increase the voice of adult learners in designing local Community Learning & Development provision. Part of their role is also to promote and celebrate learning, and they have done this annually by running a 'celebration of learners' event. The WDLV has co-produced two previous celebration of learning events and has decided on the theme and content for this event also. They hope this event will encourage adult learners and friends of learners from across West Dunbartonshire to come together and share their experiences of learning.
The title of this year's event is 'Dare to Change', and is a reference to the transformational power adult learning has on participants and the 'risk' involved in taking up learning as an adult. As they have been or are learners, they know the benefits of adult learning are life wide and improve people's health socially, mentally, and emotionally, which creates new opportunities to grow and develop. They plan to tie in the Book Week Scotland theme of Rebel and have already asked various creative writing groups, such as local literacy groups and ESOL classes, to submit writing on this topic, which will be performed and showcased at the event, via spoken word etc. to promote and encourage reading, creative writing and literature.
There will be testimonials from current and past learners on the transformational power of adult learning and the way it has changed and shaped their life. Current learners are invited from a variety of courses and classes, which will include ESOL, adult literacies and adult learning provision and community courses. They hope this event will give a platform for new learners to get involved and current learners to be inspired and continue their learning and give a chance to chat to other learners to find out more about other services available via the information stalls, and above all celebrate their own success as adult learners.