Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian
Business Hours The GATEWAY is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and we can be reached by Email – email@example.com – Telephone (01506) 650111 – or Fax (01506) 650222
West Lothian Voluntary Sector Referendum Debate
Affinity TV covered the debate and their feature video is here:
If you have something to say, say it on Affinity TV
West Lothian Volunteers of the Year
The awards ceremony took place on 27th November in the Hilcroft hotel in Whitburn.
Here is a selection of photos from the event taken by George Anderson – click for bigger version.
Cllr. Jim Dixon receives the Winner’s Award in the Voluntary Organisation / Group of the Year category on behalf of Acredale House from Michael Connarty MP (awarded jointly with Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian)
More photos from the awards ceremony can be found on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vsgwl/
Photos may also be purchased from the West Lothian Courier at http://tinyurl.com/pfyn9du by searching for ‘021213volyawards‘
Nancy Burgoyne receives BEM
She was presented with her award by Mrs Isobel Brydie MBE, Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian.
The presentation took place in the Rosebery Centre in the presence of a great many volunteers, dignitaries and service users and their families.
Nancy’s family was also present to see her receive the award in recognition for her 29 years of service to the Rosebery Centre.
Nancy paid tribute to the clients, staff and volunteers, past and present, for making her endeavours so rewarding.
She was delighted that her own family and her Rosebery family were able to share in the occasion.
Photo by TJ Smith
Everyone needs a friend. Batman, Ant and Jack all have their friends, so why don’t you be a friend to someone with a learning disability? You can make a difference, and improve the quality of someone’s life.
Are you 16 or over and ready to make a difference? Are you patient, sensitive, honest, good at listening, caring, trustworthy, reliable and fun? Only a few hours of your time, once a week or even less, is all you need. Doing this you will gain new skills, work experience, get a good reference and make new friends.
If you are interested in becoming a befriender or would like more information about befriending please contact Audrey Stevenson or Jenny Caseby – Phone: 01506-650111 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Mentors required
Voluntary Sector Gateway has secured funding to run a two year Mentoring Programme for 14 year olds in 11 of West Lothian’s secondary schools. Each school will be allocated 10 mentoring places. All the young people involved in the project will come under the category of needing More Choices More Chances.
The aims of the project are to provide trained and experienced Mentors to work with the young people on a regular weekly basis to achieve specified agreed outcomes. The role of the Mentors will be to assist with the development of the young people by facilitating their stated path to a positive destination such as: further education, training, employment or volunteering through their voluntary engagement with the Mentoring process. The Mentor will become a positive “Role Model” who can offer their own life experience and skills to help the young person achieve their goals.
As a Volunteer Mentor you will be trained and supported throughout the programme. Training will take place at the Voluntary Sector Gateway in Bathgate from 6pm to 9pm over two evenings. The next training dates to be advised.
If you have a few hours to spare each week and feel you are able to inspire, encourage, motivate and support these young people and take part in this exciting project, contact Maureen Mancini or James Penman on 01506-650111 or email maureen.mancini @ vsgwl.org
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: email@example.com, Garden Angels on Facebook
First Minister’s Reception in Edinburgh Castle
On Tuesday 4th June, 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 is inviting local Saltire Award holders to become Saltire Ambassadors – see below.
Saltire Ambassador Project
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.
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:
|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.|
‘ Week 2013
A number of local organisations joined us with their pop-up banners featured in the display.
We were able to distribute literature to the many potential volunteers who visited the stand.
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.
Training and Meeting Rooms for Hire
For more information download our Room Hire leaflet or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred rates for members).
- One of our meeting rooms
Outreach Volunteer Service (Previously Library Outreach Service)
We require volunteers to deliver books to the homebound,if you have spare time during the week maybe you could help ?
Go to the link Outreach Volunteer Service for more information.
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.