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West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network

Thursday, July 13th, 2017
West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network will be occupying the Thrift Shop, 16 George Street, Bathgate from Thursday 20 July.  
ou are interested in volunteering or have any donations, please contact Evelyn on 01501 771 775.
Proceeds will go to Answer Dementia Cafe and West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network. 
 
We are looking for donations of goods and volunteers to help in the shop.  Come along and grab yourself a bargain!

VSGWL welcomes the new Development Officer Team

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Our staff numbers have grown substantially over the last 8 weeks, with new Lead Development Officer, James Proctor, being joined by four part-time colleagues: Jennifer Ba, Isobel Denholm, Linda Lockie and Pam Roccio.
The Development Team will be out and about over the next few weeks to listen to the needs of third sector organisations, so please get in touch if you would like arrange a chat.

West Lothian charity target local businesses for storage unit

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

Home- Start has been inundated with donations for their new charity shop and are in desperate need of a permanent storage unit.
Home-Start West Lothian support local families with young children and are opening a new charity shop in Whitburn. The charity, want a local business to come forward with an offer of a free storage unit, that can be used to prepare and store donations.
Charity Trustee Diane Cooper has called for a local business to help the charity at this time of need.
She said: “We are desperate to house all our donations in a dry secure space.
“Time is really of the essence, as we want to continue to accept donations from the generous people across West Lothian’s communities and make the new charity shop a huge success.
“If anyone can spare a storage unit with a view to helping make a difference to local families across West Lothian, please get in touch.”
Please contact: 01506 415755 or email: admin@homestartwl.org.uk

Third Sector Strategy Group Meetings Schedule

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The role of the TSSG
To advise and guide the Gateway about the needs of the sector at national and local policy development level and the delivery of the work plan.
To facilitate sector reps at forums representing the sector and not just narrow organisational interests.
To facilitate the setting up of appropriate systems for the constituencies of organisations in each thematic/geographic group e.g. children and families, local regeneration planning etc.
To facilitate communications both up and down between forums and the sector and within and across the sector.
To influence policy and planning nationally across the sector.
To act as a ‘sounding board’ to provide advice to the Gateway on its future strategies and plans.

ms_wordThe TSSG is open to all Third Sector Groups not just members.
The new Terms of Reference can be found here.

Third Sector Strategy Group – 2017 (Wednesdays – 12.30pm – 2pm VSGWL Office):
(12 noon for buffet lunch)
18th January
15th February
15th March
19th April
17th May
14th June
19th July

Cyrenians OPAL – Older People, Active Lives

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Cyrenians Befriending service relaunched on the 31st of October and we are now known as Cyrenians OPAL.

cyrenianslogoHelping older people to stay independent, active, connected and to increase well-being.
Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) service aims to maintain or increase older people’s independence and well-being across the West Lothian Council area.  It’s delivered in association with West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership by a team of dedicated, trained volunteers who offer encouragement, companionship and support to help older people engage in social, leisure and community activities for a period of up to 9 months.

IMG_0037cyrenians golden yearsWho do we support?
OPAL supports people typically aged 60 and above who are living in the West Lothian council area, who would like to increase their confidence, reduce loneliness and isolation and connect with their local community.
Our volunteers offer support and encouragement to attend a variety of local groups/activities or events where they can meet new people.  They can also offer support to build confidence again with using public transport or shopping independently following a fall or a stay in hospital.

What services are available?
Telephone Befriending
Accompaniment/introduction to local groups or social activities
One-to-one support to build confidence with something specific
Groups

Pat and Bob on TramOur volunteers
We have a dedicated team of volunteers who are essential in ensuring we deliver our services successfully.  Our volunteers give their valuable time to our clients and do this in a variety of ways including:
Encouraging them to go for a walk
Accompanying them to local groups
Voluntary driving
Making weekly friendship telephone calls
Listening and understanding
Helping to make small changes that make a big difference

Our association with My Guide (who are part of Guide Dogs) allows us to train our volunteers to confidently assist people who have a visual impairment.  In addition, our Best Practice Dementia Care training offers volunteers a more enhanced level of dementia training.

All our volunteers are PVG checked by Disclosure Scotland, trained and receive regular support.

How to access our services?
If you or someone you know would like to find out more about our services please get in touch by:
Email – opal@cyrenians.scot  or call us on 01506-815815

New Scottish Helpline for Older People

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

helpline-a5-leaflet-scotland-updt-sept-16Building on the success of our well-established UK-wide Helpline, we’re delighted to announce that our Scottish Helpline launched this week.  We now have a team of dedicated staff and volunteers based in Scotland, who can offer information, advice or emotional support to any older person, or anyone else concerned about the harm or abuse of an older person.  Leaflet can be found here.

We’d also like to invite you to the official launch of the Helpline on St Andrews Day in North Queensferry.  Come along to find out more about our Helpline and other services in Scotland, in an amazing location overlooking the new Queensferry Crossing.  Invitation attached with more details.

Concerned about harm or abuse of an older person?
Help is just a phone call away
Elder Abuse Response Helpline (Scotland)
FREEPHONE 080 8808 8141

If you’re experiencing harm or abuse, or you know an older person who is, call our free and confidential Helpline.  We can offer advice, support or just a listening ear.  Our Helpline is entirely confidential, free to use, and won’t show up on your phone bill.  Our experienced Helpline operators can help you make the best choices to keep safe, and put you in touch with appropriate local agencies.

Named Persons information from the GIRFEC Team

Friday, November 11th, 2016

girfec_logoAs set out in the Deputy First Ministers statement on 8 September, the Scottish Government remains committed to the Named Person and the implementation of the service.  In his statement Mr Swinney announced a three month period of engagement on the information sharing provisions of the Named Person service, following the Supreme Court judgment.  The Supreme Court judgment on the Named Person provisions does not dilute our commitment, however, it does require us to revise part of the legislation to ensure that it is compatible with the ECHR, which we are now working towards.

Delivery of the GIRFEC approach including provision of Named Persons is current Scottish Government policy that can and should be delivered within the current legal framework.  The attached Policy Document provides an update on the Scottish Government policy and may be of assistance to stakeholders in developing services to deliver the GIRFEC approach including provision of Named Persons.

Many Thanks,
GIRFEC Team | Children and Families Directorate | Scottish Government

Asset Transfer under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015

Friday, November 11th, 2016

asset-transferRegulations and guidance have now been published to implement asset transfer under the Community Empowerment Act.  Subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, the legislation will come into force on 23 January 2017.

The Scottish Ministers have laid Regulations before the Parliament, setting out the procedures required for making and processing asset transfer requests, for reviews and appeals, and in relation to relevant authorities’ registers of land.

Guidance for relevant authorities and for community transfer bodies has also been published on the Scottish Government website at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/People/engage/AssetTransfer.  Relevant authorities are required, under section 96 of the Act, to have regard to guidance issued by the Scottish Ministers in carrying out their functions relating to asset transfer.

The guidance provides step-by-step advice on all the requirements of the Act and the Regulations.  It is long, but the Contents page should help you to find the sections you need.

The guidance is published as a “draft final” version.  The statutory requirements and procedures are now fixed (subject to approval by the Scottish Parliament), but we welcome suggestions to make the guidance clearer.  Please send any comments, questions and suggestions to AssetTransferGuidance@gov.scot.  Final guidance will be published when the legislation comes into force in January.

The final regulations and guidance take account of comments made in response to the consultation on draft regulations conducted from March to June 2016.  An analysis of the responses is now available at http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/11/5724

I would be grateful if you could publicise this information to your networks.
Any queries can be sent to AssetTransferGuidance@gov.scot

Community Planning under the Community Empowerment Act (Scotland) Act 2015

Friday, November 11th, 2016

community-empowerment-act-coverCommunity Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 Part 2 Community Planning Near Final Guidance and Regulation

Regulations and guidance have now been published to implement community planning under the Community Empowerment Act.  Subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, the legislation will come into force on 20 December 2016.

The Scottish Ministers have laid Regulations before the Parliament on 10 November.  The locality planning regulation is required to enable Community Planning Partners to prepare locality plans.  The attached link is to the locality planning regulation .

Near final guidance and regulation is produced to help support those who wish to take part in community planning.  We will publish the final version of this guidance once Parliament has scrutinised and approved the locality planning regulation and it will reflect the terms of the approved regulation.

This is the link to the ‘Near Final Guidance and Regulation’ http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/10/5731/downloads

Cyrenians launches campaign to support older West Lothian people to live more active lives

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

the-cyrenians-teamThe new service, Cyrenians Older People Active Lives (OPAL), will expand on the existing services delivered by Cyrenians across the county.

It will increase the opportunities for older people to get out and about, to reduce their feelings of loneliness or isolation, to make new friends, and to stay connected to their local communities.

The service, which is free of charge for over 60s in the West Lothian area, uses a team of fully trained and supported volunteers.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2fbvqDb




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