About Us

Global Link is a Development Education Centre based in Lancaster, UK,and we are a member of the Consortium of DECs (www.codec.org.uk), locally based dynamic and innovative centres of global learning.

We embody this mission by delivering projects, workshops, exhibitions and training in 3 main areas:

Asylum-seeker and Refugee Support, Integration, Community Cohesion, Awareness and Training.

Community heritage and global learning including oral histories and digital storytelling

Global Learning

Global Link operates a library of resources on global issues for teachers and the wider public, and runs exhibitions, workshops and training, and other global learning projects.

Global Learning or Development Education enables people to understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world. Development Education increases understanding of the economic, social, political and environmental forces which shape our lives. Development Education develops the skills, attitudes and values which enable people to work together to work towards achieving a more just and sustainable world in which power and resources are more equitably shared.


Global Link was set up in April 1993, initially as part of Lancaster & District YMCA, as a resource centre for development education materials. In 2000 Global Link became an independent charity and then a company limited by guarantee. Global Link is now one of six development education centres in the Northwest of England, a member of the DECs Consortium and Think Global.


Global Link is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Global Link is managed by a voluntary management committee and employs permanent staff members, as well as occasional short-term staff. Global Link is further supported by the invaluable contributions of volunteers.