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Carers of West Lothian – Newsletter for Spring 2017

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

In This Issue:
P2 Staff Update, Young Adult Carers
P3 Young Carers
P4 Dementia Support, Parents Transition Course
P5 Autism, Learning Disability Forum, GP Outreach
P6 Carers Survey Feedback, Short Breaks
P7 Carers Relaxation, Walking Groups, Excite
P8 Dates for your diary

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West Lothian Diabetes Scotland Group – Monthly Newsletter for November 2016

Thursday, December 1st, 2016


Topics Include:
New Logo
Christmas Party
2017 Programme
Tesco Fundraising

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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

Linlithgow Community Development Trust Newsletter – November 2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

LCDTLCDT News: Cycle Track is Getting Close
Overview of the LCDT AGM 27th August
Lowport Gardens Improvement Project
Getting to Know Our Development Worker – Pamela Barnes

What’s going on elsewhere?

Big Lottery Fund Community Assets Grants

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Lloyds UK Business Digital Index 2016

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

lloyds-business-indexThis annual report benchmarking the digital skills of the sector was recently published by Lloyds Bank

The overall skills level stays at around 50% but there have been some positive changes

For example, the number of charities accepting online donations has more than doubled since 2015.

Click here to read the report

West Lothian Diabetes Scotland Group – Monthly Newsletter for October 2016

Friday, November 4th, 2016

newsletter_oct_2016Topics include:
Kiniesiology session
Sign review
SNP Conference
Christmas Food
Data Protection
2017 Programme
Personal Best Evening Session

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The new route to incorporating your charity

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

incorporation-guidanceOSCR are changing the process through which Scottish charities can become incorporated to make it clearer and more certain.  Around 140 unincorporated associations or trusts incorporate as Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisations (SCIOs) or companies every year.

Becoming incorporated can be an important and positive step for charities, as trustees of unincorporated associations can be personally liable if something goes wrong.  It can also be important in terms of receiving funding, or being able to enter into particular contracts.  It does, however, have implications for the charity in terms of their relationship with their banks, their insurance companies, HMRC, other regulators and so on.

The new process we have introduced will mean that charities who want to incorporate will need to apply for status for a new charity and seek consent to wind up the existing one.

This better reflects the underlying legal principles in this situation.  We will also be providing better guidance to charities about the things they should think about before starting to incorporate, and what else they need to do during the process.

Read more…

Make your organisation more dyslexia friendly!

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

dyslexia-flyer-november-2016The West Lothian Dyslexia Network are hosting the 2nd Breakfast event on Thursday 10th November and would like to invite you to attend.

Here is an event flyer and a copy of our newsletter to let you see the great work that is being done locally.

Some information:
West Lothian Dyslexia Network are hosting their second breakfast event on 10th November as part of Dyslexia Awareness Week.  The event is open to any services and employers who are working to make positive changes for people with dyslexia.  The network will be sharing examples of good practice that have supported adults with dyslexia.  We will also reveal their pledges to make West Lothian even more dyslexia friendly and help you to think about pledges you can make too.

If you’re interested in coming along or to find out more, please contact Scott Duguid at Adult Learning, 01506 282936.

Public Life Champion (PLC) Scheme – Interested to become a Councillor?

Monday, October 24th, 2016

elrec_plc-posterAs you know, Scotland’s Local authority election will take place on 04 May 2017 across 32 local authorities.  Ahead of the election, ELREC has launched- Public Life Champion (PLC) scheme to increase representation of Minority Ethnic communities in the next election.  Under the scheme; one-to-one support & advice will be offered to the scheme recipients in relation to nomination procedure, creating candidates’ portfolio & training etc.  The project is supported by Scottish Government to work with BME community across Edinburgh & the Lothians.

Limited places are available to this scheme.  To enrol, please complete the registration from online : Registration deadline: 30 November 2016.

For more information please contact Mizan Rahman, Equality Engagement Office by E-mail: or tel: 0131-556-0441
Please find flyer for more information here (pdf version).  Detailed information about PLC scheme; brochures etc (click here).

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