The Rôle of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian

Voluntary Sector Gateway’s activities are clearly aligned with the Scottish Government’s and West Lothian Council’s expectations of a new infrastructure body in that we will meet the specific objectives and a minimum of core set of functions, these will include:

  • support to voluntary organisations operating in the area both local and national
  • support and promotion of volunteering
  • support and development of social enterprise
  • a detailed mapping and increased capacity building and development of the sector


Membership shall be open to voluntary, public, and private sector organisations, volunteers from within West Lothian and all individuals who support the objects and aims of The Gateway and adhere to any subsequent subscription fee set by the Board.  The categories of membership are:

Full Membership – Open to voluntary and community  organisations and individuals active in West Lothian, who agree to actively participate in the activities of The Gateway.

Associate Membership – Open to voluntary, community, public and private organisations, volunteers and individuals supporting the aims of The Gateway, but have no voting rights.

Organisations seeking membership of Voluntary Sector Gateway will be offered full membership with voting rights and the Additional Membership Benefits package on payment of an appropriate membership fee in accordance with their income.

Organisations not in a position to afford the set membership fee will be eligible for Associate Membership. This form of membership comes  with no voting rights but, at the same time, entitles the organisation to receive everyday support for it’s core activities.  These include:

  • advice and guidance on fundraising, training, volunteer recruitment, legal status, disclosures, business planning, charitable status, governance, legal advice, forming a charitable organisation, advocacy and representation at local and national level
  • regular e bulletins
  • invitations to voluntary sector forums


The membership fee will be based on the annual income of the eligible organisation:
All Full memberships are now £20

Annual Income Annual Membership Fee
£400,000 + ………….£20
£300,000 – £399,000 ………….£20
£200,000 – £299,000 ………….£20
£100,000 – £199,000 ………….£20
Less than  – £100,000 ………….£20


Member organisations can make payment by cheque where facilities for Standing Orders are not available. Otherwise all member organisations, on joining, will be asked to complete a Standing Order instruction for annual payment of their membership fee.


Each organisation, on becoming a full member of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian, will receive a membership card with a membership number embossed into the card that will be eligible for the duration of the organisation’s membership.

Membership cards can be used by staff and volunteers to take advantage of the variety of benefits negotiated by Voluntary Sector Gateway.  Each organisation will receive one membership card, for larger organisations duplicate cards will be available on request.

Should a membership card be lost, stolen or damaged a replacement card will be provided. All such losses must be reported to the Gateway without delay.


Applications for membership of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian can be made by contacting the Gateway’s Membership Co-ordinator, James Penman, on (01506) 650111 or Email
To download an application form click here.

All organisations applying for membership will be expected to subscribe to Voluntary Sector Gateway’s values, aims and objectives as contained in their Memorandum and Articles of Association, a copy of which can be downloaded from our web site.


Organisations accepted as full members and on payment of the membership fee will be eligible for a range of benefits provided by Voluntary Sector Gateway and its partner organisations. The benefits are:

Room hire 20% reduction on all prices

Training courses 20% reduction on all prices

Photocopying service 10% reduction on all prices

Other Benefits

Farmer Autocare 50% reduction on MOTs and a 10% on all other services. (Livingston, Falkirk and Bathgate Branches only)

Hilcroft Hotel 10% reduction on meals

Thrift Shop Access to to the HomeAid charity shop to fundraise for your group see more here

© 2009- Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian
Company Number - SC244154
Charity Number - SC027612

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