Dads N2 Work Training programme

April 27th, 2017

The Dads N2 Work programme will start on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and will be held at New Murrayfield Park, Ash Grove, Blackburn, Bathgate EH47 7QJ.

The course will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursday from 10am until 2pm.

Please see the poster for further information.

If you require any further information, please contact David Stewart on 01324 624 121 (option 3) if there’s anything you need to discuss.

Care Assistant Vacancy with The Rosebery Centre

April 26th, 2017

Job Title: Care Assistant
Responsible to:  Day Centre Manager and Management Committee
Hours of Work: 18 hours per week
Salary: Meets National Living Wage
Role: The main purpose of the post is to provide assistance with activity coordinator in the daily activity programme. To assist in the escorting of service users from their home to the day centre then back home. To engage people with dementia in achieving their full potential within the Aims and Objectives of the Rosebery Centre.
The post holder will, along with a designated driver, be the escort to go to service user’s home then to the day centre then back home. Assist in the daily activities.

Please send in a CV to Anne Marson (manager) to the address above or by email
Closing date will be 31/05/17
Job Description

VSGWL welcomes the new Development Officer Team

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.

Scottish Rural Action seeks Volunteers

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

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

Change is good! Tesco Bags of Help to Fund Many More Local Projects

April 6th, 2017

So do you think you know what Tesco Bags of Help funds?  Read on as the Bags of Help team have been listening to applicants, customers and Tesco colleague feedback so we’ve made some immediate improvements:

  • Apply anytime for projects that bring benefits to the community;
  • Projects can be outdoor or indoor improvements, activities and equipment purchases;
  • Apply for capital and revenue funding between £1000 and £4000;
  • Simpler online application process;
  • Community groups, schools, charities, local authorities and not for profits can all apply.

To ensure that the programme is really local the number of projects funded every two months has been increased.  We will still fund projects that improve or encourage the use of outdoor spaces such as allotments and community gardens.  But now grants can also fund buying items such as sports kits, camping equipment, spades, litter pickers or specialised medical equipment and improvements to community buildings.

These are just some examples so if you’ve got a question or need help with your application please contact our friendly team of Scottish enablers – you can find their contact details here

Following a public vote in Tesco stores every two months, three projects in each of the local Tesco store areas will receive a grant, with first place receiving up to £4000, second place up to £2000 and third place £1000.

For information on how to apply please click

Bags of Help is administered by Groundwork – which is working with greenspace scotland to support applicants and successful projects in Scotland.

West Lothian charity target local businesses for storage unit

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:

Carers of West Lothian – Newsletter for Spring 2017

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

Download the newsletter here

Carers of West Lothian have been accredited with the PQASSO Quality Mark at Level 3

March 20th, 2017

Carers of West Lothian has been accredited with the PQASSO Quality Mark at Level 3, the FIRST organisation in Scotland to have obtained the accolade at its highest level.

The organisation, which provides information and support to unpaid carers of all ages and in all caring situations across the whole of West Lothian, is delighted to have received the award marking a huge achievement in its journey towards continual organisational improvement and quality.

PQASSO is a standard tailor made quality assurance system for small organisations and awards are granted following a rigorous external accreditation process.  The Quality Mark is awarded at levels 1, 2 and 3.

Mary-Denise McKernan (CEO) stated that “PQASSO focuses on putting the needs of our service users (carers) first.  It helps us improve the quality, type and range of carer support services we provide through continuous monitoring, evaluation and review, and regular carer feedback.  It was a lot of hard work looking at all our systems and making sure everything linked together.  At times we asked ourselves if it was all worth it!  However, it definitely was worth all the hard work and in some respects PQASSO forced us into doing the jobs that we would otherwise have put off until another day”.

The organisation provides a range of services to vulnerable people caring for a family member or friend, from the provision of relevant information and emotional support, to facilitating peer support groups, individual counselling sessions, therapeutic interventions, and social opportunities or time out from their caring role.

A carer who has benefited from Carers of West Lothian’s services commented on how “receiving support from Carers of West Lothian and participating in peer support groups has taken away the feeling of isolation which sometimes overwhelms you in the caring role.  You realise that you are not alone in this role and that is very comforting”.

Other carers have made similar comments about the difference support from the organisation has made for them:

“Now I have joined Carers of West Lothian I am happy that I have found help at last, and I am not alone”.

“I have been very impressed with the services offered and can honestly say the kind, caring staff have helped me with a ‘listening ear’, advice and information when I felt completely overwhelmed and alone.  I didn’t think I would be eligible for any help, but they made me feel valued and worthy of support.”

The PQASSO journey has ensured that the organisation is robust and provides a level of assurance for funders of the organisation’s commitment to continuous improvement and providing high quality services.

For further information on Carers of West Lothian you can visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Carers WL

Brunch Club Assistant at Mansewood Court, Whitburn

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

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