Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian
Business Hours The GATEWAY is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and we can be reached by Email – firstname.lastname@example.org – Telephone (01506) 650111 – or Fax (01506) 650222
No Limits, based in West Lothian, recognised with Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015
A voluntary group from West Lothian who work in the community to provide sporting and social opportunities for children and young people with a disability has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
West Lothian volunteers speak about the benefits of helping others through volunteering work
There are countless volunteering opportunities across the county for people of all walks of life and becoming a volunteer not only helps people of all ages and backgrounds, but provides a sense of achievement for those helping out.
The Courier met with some of the many dedicated volunteers who give their time to helping other people in the communities and asked what volunteering means to them.
Volunteers’ Week Celebration of Volunteering
This event was held on the last day of Volunteers’ Week on Sunday 7 June at the Lanthorn Community Centre, Livingston
The event ran in Celebration of Volunteers and the attendance was double that of last year. Below are a just selection of photos of organisations who attended the event:
Photos of this year’s Volunteer Fayres can be found here http://www.voluntarysectorgateway.org/volunteers-week-2015/
Keep the Garden Angels Gardening!
Here is the difference that Garden Angels can make:
Craigshill Good Neighbour Network nominated for Scottish Charity Awards
We offer groups and activities to support socially isolated and vulnerable people in our community.
We’ve helped people get on line by offering basic computing classes, tablet sessions and digital photography with online editing.
We arranged an exhibition showcasing the digital photography.
Our learners are very proud of their achievements.
Congratulations to Marylin Boland
West Lothian Volunteer of the Year 2014
Marylin Boland, Secretary of Diabetes UK West Lothian Voluntary Group, was presented with the West Lothian Volunteer of the Year Award by Fiona Hyslop, MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs at an award ceremony in the Hilcroft Hotel, Whitburn on Wednesday 26th November.
Marylin has been a member of the group since 2009 and secretary since 2012. She is involved in almost every aspect of the group and has been instrumental in developing the group into one of the best in the country.
Amongst many other things Marylin -
organises the group’s Diabetes Information and Awareness Tables (DIATs)
provides diabetes and group information to structured education courses such as DAFNE and DESMOND
leads the group’s fund-raising team
is a TESCO fund-raising team-leader
leads the catering team for social events
is a trained Diabetes Risk Assessor
leads the group’s walking group
etc etc etc!
Diabetes UK West Lothian Voluntary Group are delighted that all Marylin’s hard work has been recognised! There are some more photos on their Facebook page.
Volunteers of the Year 2014
More photos are available on the Volunteers of the Year page
“Opening the Doors of Opportunity”
A short promotional video produced for our colleagues at Voluntary Action Shetland by DJ Film and Sound to raise awareness of just some of the hundreds of volunteering opportunities currently available in the Shetland Isles.
Many similar opportunities exist in West Lothian – no lifeboats though!
Volunteering can be fun. No bearded men were harmed in the making of this video.
Are You an Arts Group Looking for Volunteers?
Voluntary Arts Scotland can help you find them!
Watch our inspirational video to see how we can help you find a creative pair of hands to help your arts group.
Volunteering in West Lothian
How employers, colleges and universities – as well as young volunteers – look at volunteering as a way to gain experience.
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
Voluntary Sector Gateway 2014 Newsletter
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
Voluntary Sector Gateway Operational Action Plan 2014-2015
Voluntary Sector Gateway Business Plan 2014-2017
First Minister’s Reception in Edinburgh Castle
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 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.|
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
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.