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Cyrenians OPAL looking for more volunteers!

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Can you help? The Cyrenians OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) service helps to increase social integration and combat loneliness in people over the age of 60 in communities in West Lothian.  Part of the service is group delivery, which has been growing successfully over the last year and reaches a total of 11 groups this month.  However, this means they need more volunteers!  The OPAL service is looking for more people of any age (over 18) and level of experience to meet with groups, support with activity delivery, encourage attendees to join in – and have a good blether with everyone who comes along.

If this sounds like you or someone you know then please get in touch on 01506 815815 or email There are many training opportunities to learn more about the kind of challenges people who use our service might face, and you will be reimbursed mileage expenses at 45p per mile. Get in touch and help us to make a difference!

Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) – CURRENTLY RECRUITING in West Lothian – ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Friday, October 13th, 2017

The Police Scotland Youth Volunteers Programme gives young people aged 13 – 18, an insight into policing in Scotland and inspires them to participate positively in their communities.

PSYV in Scotland aim to:

  • Promote a practical understanding of policing amongst all young people,
  • Encourage the spirit of adventure and good citizenship,
  • Support local policing priorities through volunteering and give young people a chance to be heard,
  • Inspire young people to participate positively in their communities

We are keen to add adult volunteers to our group who can assist with the running of the programme and use their own life experience to positively influence the younger recruits.

A minimum of 3hrs volunteering would be expected per month and this could be completed by attending events with the group or assisting the group coordinator with one of the constituted group roles.

More information can be found within the recruitment page of the Police Scotland Website via

Alternatively contact your local coordinator at

Volunteer Opportunity – Management Committee Member

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people with mental health issues, led by people with mental health issues.

Volunteering Opportunity

Management Committee Member

CAPS is looking for Management Committee members to join the current members in governing this small, thriving independent mental health advocacy charity.

CAPS provides Individual Advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian and runs several experience-led Collective Advocacy projects across Lothian.

You will be part of a team of Management Committee members, the majority of whom are people with lived experience of mental health issues, in accordance with CAPS constitution. Two members without lived experience may also sit on the committee.

You will receive induction, training, guidance and support from CAPS staff. More information is contained within the Management Committee volunteer role description. More information about CAPS is available online at

Please apply in writing, stating why you would like to be considered as a Management Committee member, and what skills you would bring to the existing team. For more information, you can contact Jane Crawford, CEO on 0131 273 5116, email:

Applications should be received by 2nd August 2017 and will be considered at the next meeting on 11th August 2017. Interviews will take place thereafter.

This role is subject to Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme membership.

CAPS is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Scottish Charity number SC021772.

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OPAL – Older People Active Lives

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Do you have a couple of hours to spare a week? Interested in helping in your community? We are looking for people like you!

Become a Cyrenians OPAL volunteer and help out with group activities, as well as enjoying a good chat and a cup of tea with our group members.

Our groups do a variety of physical and mental activities, games, quizzes or sometimes just chat and enjoy each others company. We need volunteers to help by joining in with games, encouraging others, and in some cases leading a group. We work around your level of experience and volunteers will get comprehensive training, PVG checks and travel expenses.

If you think you can help, please get in touch to find out more.

Call 01506 815 815 or email

Support in the community volunteer – Macmillan Helping Matters

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

People tell us they need practical and emotional support during their cancer journey and they want help locally. Macmillan Helping Matters offer emotional and practical support delivered by trained and supported volunteers. Our volunteers make home visits to assist with light house work, shopping, practical tasks that becomes challenging, or befriend someone affected by cancer, please refer to the Role Description.

You need to be 18 years old or over to apply for this opportunity.

What we’re looking for

  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • A knowledge of the local area desirable (but not essential)
  • Ability to work independently but with guidance and support
  • An interest in cancer care and the services that Macmillan provides

What you can gain from this opportunity

  • The reward of helping people affected by cancer
  • Getting more involved in and making a real difference to your local community
  • Meeting new people
  • Developing existing skills and learning new ones

For more information, please contact Paula Moncrieff on 0131 260 3720 or by email

Scottish Rural Action seeks Volunteers

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Scottish Rural Action aims to be a powerful voice for the people of rural Scotland and can provide support and direction for individuals/communities to volunteer with us and campaign on local and national issues affecting rural Scotland.
We are currently seeking volunteers from across Scotland who live rurally and would like to campaign on issues of greatest importance in Scotland, as well as campaigning on issues identified by themselves locally. SRA has consulted over 1500 people across rural Scotland to identify key areas for prioritising in 2017/18 as Digital Connectivity (Broadband and Mobile signal), Transport, Land, Business and Democracy and Governance.
To equip volunteers with the skills and knowledge required for campaigning, SRA are running a free two-day workshop ‘How to develop a rural campaign’ which is open to SRA members over the age of 16. Membership can be applied for prior to the training and is free of charge. Participants will go on to support the work of Scottish Rural Action in campaigning on the issues of greatest importance to rural Scotland, as well as leading their own campaigns.
For more information, please contact Fiona Thompson, Volunteering & Campaigns Coordinator on 079388 907767

Macmillan @ West Lothian are recruiting Volunteers

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Could you give some time to helps us offer support and information to anyone affected by cancer at our drop in sessions in partnership centres and libraries throughout West Lothian?

Volunteers can come from any background, should have good communication skills and a helpful, friendly manner.

Full training and support will be provided. To find out more contact Macmillan @ West Lothian on
01506 283053 or email

Brunch Club Assistant at Mansewood Court, Whitburn

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Bield are currently looking for several committed and energetic volunteers to support the Brunch Club at Mansewood Court in Whitburn, a week, any weekday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
To apply, log onto or contact Lynn McQueen on 01501 743 253.


  • Training and support provided
  • Out-of-pocket Expenses Paid
  • Regular Commitment Required

Scottish Orienteering are recruiting Board Members

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Scottish Orienteering is a charity and we’re currently advertising the following 3 board positions to be elected at our AGM:

Board Secretary
Develpoment Director
Finance Director

The AGM will be held following the Scottish Individual Championships on Saturday 20th May, 5.30-6.30pm at The Golf Inn, Gullane, East Lothian.

​We are a Scotland-wide governing body but regularly meet for board meetings in Perth. Any support to advertise these positions is much appreciated.

If you have any questions about the roles, please contact Roger Scrutton, SOA President:

If you’d like to apply for any of the roles, please contact Stef Lauer as Company Secretary with your CV:


Young Carer Volunteer for West Lothian Young Carers Project

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

WLYC ProjectWest Lothian Young Carers are looking for a Volunteer carer to assist staff in providing support to young Carers in a group setting, involving them in supportive activities, providing breaks from caring situations and new opportunities. To adopt a person-centred approach to working with young carers and encourage empowerment.
Note: Work will be undertaken on a regular basis outwith normal office hours, including evening work (the young carer groups currently meet on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings).
Hours: Up to 4 hours per week
Transport: Postholders must have access to a car and provide appropriate insurance cover
If you want to find out more please contact Wilma Murray on 01506 448009 or
Role Description

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Company Number - SC244154
Charity Number - SC027612

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