Food Train West Lothian – Job Opportunity

October 17th, 2017

Food Train West Lothian are currently recruiting. The closing date is Friday 27th October 2017. 

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Coalfields Community Asset Transfer Workshop

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

October 16th, 2017

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Coalfields Community Challenge 2017

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

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

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

College IT placement – West Lothian College

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

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

September 29th, 2017

Get involved with Money Week 2o17

September 28th, 2017

Money Week 2017

9th – 14th October


Local organisations and community groups are invited to get involved with Money Week 2017 by organising an activity or event to raise awareness of poverty related issues and highlight the range of help and support available for those experiencing poverty in West Lothian.

An organisers toolkit has been developed and can be found online at :

Examples of the kind of activities you could arrange could be:

A public open day or event

A survey or focus group with your service users or community group

An article in a local publication or your service newsletter

Social media posts to generate engagement about poverty related issues

An information stall or exhibit about a money related topic

A specific piece of work with a key target group such as a benefit take up campaign

A fun activity such as a poster competition

Any other activity focused around money

For more information about Money Week, please contact the Advice Shop on 01506 283000 (option 4) or email

Three Health Improvement Funding Opportunities

September 27th, 2017

NHS Lothian is seeking proposals from bidders for three projects in West Lothian as follows:


Project 1 – Key outcome: Improved Nutrition and Reduced nutritional inequalities particularly for children and young people in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver a programme of activities to meet this outcome, including work to increase community support for breastfeeding mothers, reduce maternal obesity and support good family nutrition using a community led health approach.

For further information please see:


Project 2 – Key outcome: Increased physical activity in children and young people in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver a programme of activities to increase physical activity in children and young people using a community led health approach

For further information please see:



Project 3 – Key outcome: Improved Income maximisation for individuals and families with low financial resources in West Lothian

NHS Lothian is seeking applications to deliver welfare advice services in selected GP practices in West Lothian.

For further information please see:

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