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ASDAN recognised for community work


A new guide launched this month to help people get involved in local community activities and bring lasting improvements highlights the positive part that ASDAN can play in their success.

Inspiring Communities, Changing Behaviour has been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It recognises how important it is to acknowledge young people’s valuable contribution to local improvement schemes: “Where possible, partnerships offered accreditation for young people to ensure they were able to see the value of their input into activities. For example, the Inspiring Communities partnership in Barrow, Cumbria, used the ASDAN programme to accredit skills for learning, skills for employment and skills for life and found this particularly beneficial in linking learning in community settings to school-based learning.”

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The Barrow project highlighted the usefulness of ASDAN as a tool for accrediting learning across a diverse range of settings. ASDAN was described as 'the glue that held the Inspiring Communities programme together'.

Alan Casey, local manager for Cumbria Children’s Services said: “I think that ASDAN is really quite impressive. On a human level it provides many of the young people we support with a genuine sense of accredited achievement.”

Nationally, this approach is also contributing to the Government's current National Citizen Service (NCS) pilot programme in which ASDAN is assisting NCS pilot partners - including Catch 22 and Rathbone - to support the process of guided reflection for participants' activities in a way that can then lead to further development, training and individual progression.