Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian

Business Hours The GATEWAY is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and we can be reached by Email – vsg@vsgwl.org – Telephone (01506) 650111 – or Fax (01506) 650222


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Voluntary Sector Forum 27 August 2014

Please note that the next meeting of the Voluntary Sector Forum will take place on Wednesday 27 August from 2pm – 4pm and will be held in St Mary’s Church Hall, Livery Street, Bathgate, EH48 4HS.

Email us at vsg@vsgwl.org to confirm your attendance or, alternatively, call 01506-650111.

Agenda will follow shortly.


Volunteer of the Year 2014

Nominations are now open for Volunteer of the Year 2014

Applications will be accepted until Monday 29th September

Judging will take place thereafter with filming of the nominees to follow

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Wednesday 26th November

Download the Volunteer of the Year 2014 Nomination Form
and please refer to the Volunteer of the Year 2014 Nomination Categories


Voluntary Sector Gateway 2014 Newsletter

2014 NewsletterThe Voluntary Sector Gateway’s 2014 Newsletter was launched at our Annual General Meeting on Monday 23rd June.

Jim Gallacher, the Gateway’s Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“The contents of this Newsletter only offers a glimpse of the Gateway’s activities over the last year.

I’m pleased to say that much progress has been achieved in our representative role that has a focus on involving the Sector in influencing Public Policy.

The Voluntary Sector Strategic Group (VSSG) plays a very important role in supporting and advising the Gateway on strategic matters that affect the Sector.

I owe a debt of gratitude for all the additional time and work they have put in while at the same time carrying out their day job.

Be assured that The Gateway will be at the forefront in all our dealings and meetings promoting the best interest of West Lothian’s Third Sector.”

Click here to download


Training Opportunities at the Gateway August 2014

Mentor awardsWe are delighted to announce we are facilitating and delivering governance and best practice training as requested by you, our members.

The training on offer is listed below, please contact James at the Gateway to book your place by telephoning 01506 650111 or email james.penman@vsgwl.org.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

AUGUST

Tuesday 5th 14:00-16:00 – no cost - Your Organisation – Roles & Responsibilities of the Trustees
with Jim Gallacher and Margaret Clarke of VSGWL - Rescheduled due to staff holidays – new date to be confirmed

Tuesday 19th 14:00-16:00 – no cost - What Social Media can do for you! What Social Media? You need to meet the team!
Introduction to Social Media with Paul Duffy & Mike Hart of Limitless Solutions

Wednesday 20th 09:00-16:00 – £50 per personElementary Food Hygiene, 1 day Certificated Course, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)
with Linda Reilly of LR Quality Training Ltd

Wednesday 27th 09:00-13:00 – £35 per personManual Handling Refresher, ½ day Certificated Course, Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS)
with Linda Reilly of LR Quality Training Ltd

Thursday 28th 18:00-20:00 – no cost - ‘The Volunteer’ – Recruitment, Support and Retention
with Jim Gallacher and Margaret Clarke of VSGWL


Volunteering Video on YouTube


How employers, colleges and universities – as well as young volunteers – look at volunteering as a way to gain experience.


Garden Angels Project

Garden AngelsClick on the graphic to download a PowerPoint presentation on the Garden Angels Project

What is Garden Angels About?
Who Can Volunteer?
Who Can Receive The Service?
Benefits for Clients
Benefits for Volunteers
Building Positive Relationships

If you want to volunteer with Garden Angels or you know of someone who could use their help, contact Jeneva Storme, Gardening Project Co-ordinator at the Gateway.  Tel: 01506-650111, e-mail: jeneva.storme@vsgwl.org, Garden Angels on Facebook


First Minister’s Reception in Edinburgh Castle

First Minister's Reception

Two West Lothian Saltire Awards recipients, Ross Pitbladdo and Lewis Allan were the guests of the First Minister at a reception in Edinburgh Castle at an event to celebrate the achievements of Saltire Award holders and the Scottish winners of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award.  Following the First Minister’s suggestion, Ross has invited local Saltire Award holders to become Saltire Ambassadors – see below.


Saltire Ambassador ProjectSaltireAwards

Now that Saltire Awards have been running for over a year, we are looking for volunteers to take part in the Saltire Ambassador project.
The Saltire Awards are committed to involving volunteers in the delivery and development of the Awards at all stages.

Saltire Ambassadors can choose to get involved in a variety of roles such as:

The “Summit” Panel
Helping to organise Saltire “Challenge” events
Publicity & Communication e.g. the website, Facebook and Twitter
Helping to organise Award Ceremonies

Saltire Ambassadors will have the opportunity to further develop and build upon skills such as planning, organisation, committee roles, communication and group work skills.

The Summit is for an outstanding contribution to volunteering.

It is awarded to recognise those who have not only completed the “Ascent” but have exceeded expectations.
Volunteers must be nominated for the Award by the school or organisation they volunteer for.
The nominations are peer-assessed by a panel of Saltire Ambassadors who decide who merits the Award.

Saltire Ambassadors will be helped by the Gateway to set up the Summit Panel and will be supported in doing so but they alone will decide who should be awarded a Summit Saltire Award.

If you would like to become a Saltire Ambassador, please contact Saltire@vsgwl.org and we’ll invite you to an initial meeting of interested individuals.

Download more on the Ambassador Role and the Summit – Panel Guidance.


Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards is a new recognition programme designed for young people, between 12 & 25, engaged in volunteering.  There are 4 sections to the Awards – Challenge, Approach, Ascent and Summit.  Young people can progress through the various stages but also have the option to enter and exit the programme at any level.  On completion of a level the young volunteer will be presented with a Saltire Award certificate.  This offers complete flexibility making it more accessible to young people regardless of ability, personal circumstances and lifestyles.

A new interactive website has been developed to support the involvement of young people, schools and voluntary organisations in the Saltire Awards www.saltireawards.org.uk.  This will give a direct specific online presence and support package for the Saltire Awards.

The Saltire Awards dovetail neatly into the 4 key objectives of Curriculum for Excellence as they will enable young people to develop their capacities through volunteering as successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors.  The 4 sections to the Awards are as follows:

  • THE CHALLENGE
  • THE APPROACH
  • THE ASCENT
  • THE SUMMIT

The age range for each section is flexible and dependent on individual circumstances but, for guidance and to facilitate delivering the Awards in schools and volunteer involving organisations, a suggested age range for each award is listed below:

AWARD AGES SUPPLEMENTARY
Challenge 12 – 25  This is designed as an introduction to volunteering and is undertaken as part of a team.  Summit Recipients & Ambassadors may participate as enablers.
Approach 12 – 15 Young people under 16 but not ready to make a sustained commitment to volunteering or requiring extra support may prefer to start with the Approach.
Ascent 14 – 25  For any young person ready to make a sustained commitment to volunteering.
Summit 12 – 25  Ideally recipients should have completed the 200 hour Ascent but this is at the discretion of the Summit Panel.

How does the Saltire Awards programme work?

How do Young Scot Reward Points work?


The Community Toolkit

This resource has been developed for and with the help of community groups to help improve skills and knowledge and bring benefits to local communities. There are guidelines on a range of topics, including setting up and running a community group, legal requirements and good practice, planning and fundraising for a particular project and where to obtain useful statistical data on the local area. To access, click here West Lothian Community Toolkit


West Lothian Council Life Stages

The Life Stages Outcome Planning Programme is a substantial, strategic programme of change led by West Lothian Council working across the Community Planning Partnership (CPP). The overall aim of the programme is to enable the CPP to plan and deliver more effective interventions to tackle social inequalities and build successful communities across West Lothian using a Life Stage approach targeting deprived geographical areas. The Programme recognises that those who are most at risk (and generate the greatest expense in terms of demands on services) often lead complex lives, and hence focuses on redesigning services around the needs of the target group using a partnership approach. Life Stages is about being clear when people most need our support, why they most need our support,which people have the greatest need for our support, and what support they most need from us. There is a toolkit available to assist planning and delivering services that meet the Life Stages outcomes - The making changes happen support guide to implementing Life Stages from the Community Planning web page.

life stages charts final versions,


Training and Meeting Rooms for Hire

For more information download our Room Hire leaflet or contact vsg@vsgwl.org (preferred rates for members).

One of our meeting rooms

PVG Scheme

In February 2011, the Scottish Government introduced the new PVG membership scheme which replaced and improved upon the prior disclosure arrangements for people who work with vulnerable groups. This mean new application forms, new certificates, new guidance and new criteria against which posts and positions must be assessed before an application can be processed.

Click here for detailed information on the PVG Scheme

Click here for further information relating to the implementation of the PVG Scheme

 

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