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Kirkton Weir Fish Pass Officially Opens

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Please find attached a press release from the River Forth Fisheries Trust on the opening of a new fish pass on the River Almond in Livingston to help fish such as salmon and sea trout reach spawning grounds upstream. If you have any questions or would like higher quality photos which are in the press release then please get in touch. This project is part of RiverLife: Almond & Avon, a £6.7million project to improve both the Rivers Almond and Avon.

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Third Sector Forum

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The Third Sector Forum due to take place today is now cancelled. Updates to follow!

Third Sector Ambition Fund Awards

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The organisations who will receive funding through the Third Sector Ambition Fund are:-
– Open Door Accommodation Project – £49,532
– The School Bank West Lothian – £5,200
– 1st Step Café – £17,320
– Exzema Outreach Scotland – £14, 965
– West Lothian Women’s Aid – £14,579
– Carers of West Lothian – £20,000
– West Calder and Harburn CDT – £18,900
– Victim Support – £13,985
– Citizens Advice Bureau – £19,862
– Signpost – £12,588

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application.
Feedback has been provided by Ian Hepburn.

The Tree Club – Chairperson Advertisement

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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Coalfields Community Asset Transfer Workshop

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Are you thinking about managing, owning or leasing a local building or piece of land, delivering a service or acquiring an asset for the community? Need some advice or guidance? If so you should attend the


Kincardine Community Care

Wednesday 8th November 10:30 – 15:00

A part of our continuing programme to support community groups in former coalfield communities to undertake community asset transfers, we shall be holding a workshop event on Wednesday 8th November at the Kincardine Community Centre.

The workshop will look at project planning for community asset transfers and the key stages involved in the processes timescales, finance, business planning, Evidencing need, organisation and management, legal structures, and all aspects involved in the process. It will also provide the opportunity to network with other groups working on similar projects.

The events will run from 10:30 to 3:00 and include a lunch. The day will be free but places are limited. To book a place call Lauren Arthur on 01259 272127 or email

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Coalfields Community Challenge 2017

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is looking for enterprising organisations to take part in the 2017 Coalfields Community Challenge.

The aim of the funds are to:

  1. Support entrepreneurial organisations to overcome barriers to developing their business idea, both new and existing ideas will be considered.
  2. Encourage enterprise development for organisations addressing skills development, employment and improving health and wellbeing.

Awards up to a maximum of £10,000 will be made to a limited number of applicants on a competitive basis at a Dragons’ Den style event.

To be eligible to apply the applicant must be:

  1. Located in a former Coalfield Community.
  2. Demonstrate a clear business idea.
  3. Able to commence the project by 31st March 2018 and spend any ward made within one year.
  4. Have an annual income of less than £100 000.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Quality of the business idea.
  2. Evidence of the market.
  3. Potential impact of your idea on your organisation.
  4. How realistic and clearly explained the project costs are.
  5. Quantifiable measures of success.

To take part:

  1. Contact David Wright to discuss your idea/proposal.
  2. Complete a simple application form with a summary of your idea and your development and funding needs.
  3. Meet with the assessment team to discuss your idea.
  4. Up to 5 entries will be selected to pitch their idea to the Coalfields Community Challenge Dragons Den.

The deadline for applications is 10th November 2017.

Our assessment team will identify up to five ideas which hold the greatest potential to develop their social enterprise and benefit former Coalfields communities. Additionally, we will look at evidence of need, market for the social enterprise and the capacity of the organisation to deliver the work.

Successful applicants will receive a package of business and development support tailored to help them develop their idea. In addition they will be given the chance to take part in the Dragons’ Den where they will have the opportunity to pitch for one of the financial prizes.

For those not selected we will where possible provide advice advice and/or support to help you progress the idea.

In the first instance and to check for eligibility please contact David Wright on 01259 272127 or email

College IT placement – West Lothian College

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Would you like to work with West Lothian College HNC/D Computing students to support your business?

HNC/D Computing Students currently studying at West Lothian College are offering a unique opportunity for your business. The students want to help you to promote your business or else to make your processes more effective and we believe that they have the expertise to do this, at no cost to you!

By supporting this project you will be contributing to the achievement of the mandatory elements of their course and providing invaluable work experience.

What are we offering?

The students can help with many It/Digital solutions. Below are listed some of the skills they have on offer.

1. Web-site development

2. Coding/programming

3. Digital media including video

4. Working with networks

5. Database management

6. Animation and gaming

7. Small scale standalone applications

8. Cyber security

9. Configuring and trouble-shooting operating systems

The list above is just some of what they do so if your need is not listed above, and is it IT related, please feel free to get in touch.

Students will be encouraged to work on their own or in pairs depending on what the brief entails. They aim to get the best solutions to suit your business needs.

If you would like to participate in this project, we would love to hear from you.

Please email –

West Lothian College (Official)

Risk Assessment Training

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

There will be a full day, multi-agency Risk Assessment training course on Monday 30th October 2017 at Space 3, Howden Park Centre. (9.15 – 4.00 – registration from 8.45) The course is suitable for members of staff who are likely to attend Child Protection Case Conferences and/or be part of a core group. Staff must have attended the CP Awareness Raising Course first and must be able to attend for the whole day.

Failure to attend the course will result in your agency being charged £50. Interested staff should contact by Friday 20th October. Staff will be notified about whether they are allocated a place.

State Pension Options Service

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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