Macmillan Centre Volunteer Driver

October 3rd, 2016

driver-clipartPurpose:  Transport patients to and from their home in a safe and punctual manner.
Accountable to:  Palliative Care Nurse Specialist.

Key Responsibilities

Obtain information from the Macmillan Centre regarding patient’s name, address and any accompanying passengers including relevant details about the person’s condition or directions.
Transporting the patient(s) to the required destination at the agreed time.
Warmly greeting the patient, introducing yourself and any other patients who may be travelling in your car, making them feel welcome and comfortable.
Before driving off, ensure that the patient is comfortable and secure in the car then proceed to your destination at a speed to give your passenger the maximum comfort and confidence.
To report any matter of concern to the Macmillan Centre.
To maintain confidentiality regarding information relating to patients and staff.

Full Role Description here

Volunteer Gardener within St John’s Hospital

October 3rd, 2016

gardening-clipartKey Responsibilities

  1. Working as part of a team or on your own
    2. Maintaining the garden – planting, clearing garden – dead heading and cutting back, seasonal requirements etc.
    3.  Maintenance of tools and safety issues
    4.  To maintain confidentiality regarding and relating to patients and staff
    5.  To bring any concerns to the attention of a member of staff

Full Role Description here

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:

Administrator Vacancy with The Food Train

March 21st, 2017

Job Title: Administrator
Salary: £17,105
Hours: 35 hours per week
Initial contract until end March 2018, with extension subject to funding.
Use of own car is essential

Food Train is an award winning voluntary organisation, providing practical support services to older people across Scotland, helping them to eat well, live well and age well. We have a vacancy for a dynamic people-focused person to join our Food Train service in West Lothian.
We are seeking a talented administrator who is able to deliver high quality practice and excellent customer care, while exuding enthusiasm for the voluntary sector and older people’s services. Applicants should have evidenced working experience of Microsoft Applications and accounts packages and be a talented communicator who thrives in a busy office.
Closing Date: Monday 3rd April 2017
Interview Date: Wednesday 19th April 2017
To apply, download an application pack

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

Kirknewton Community Development Trust are looking for a new Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator

March 21st, 2017

Job Title: Volunteer and Youth Co-ordinator
Responsible to: KCDT CEO
Responsible for: Youth Club and Kirknewton Volunteers
Hours of work: 21 hours per week
Salary: circa £10,000


The vision of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust is to provide a sustainable and improved quality of life for everyone that lives and works in Kirknewton. Our mission is to engage everyone who lives and works in the village and be an inclusive and vibrant community that invests in the future of the village.

To help achieve this we are looking for a new Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator.
You will be co-ordinating, supporting and encouraging all volunteering activity in Kirknewton and ensuring communications with all relevant stakeholders, particular focusing on youth groups.

This role is a fixed term contract until July 2018, funded by the Big Lottery Scotland Investing In Communities. Flexible working hours essential as these posts require some evening work, including some Friday evenings from 6 til 8pm.

For further information about the community go to
If you have any question about the role contact CEO Tony Foster at or call 01506 883988.

Application is by covering letter why you would like the role and CV by Friday 24th March, 5pm.
CVs should be e-mailed to or posted by the deadline to KCDT Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH.
Interviews are scheduled to be held on Thursday 31st March.

Further particulars for the role can be found 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

TSI Charity Law and Finance Advisors Training

February 20th, 2017

A new suite of training has been created to develop the capacity of TSI staff to support local third sector organisations across key areas of charity law and finance support

In partnership with CVS Inverclyde, EVOC, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and OSCR

The training consists of 5 training modules:
Module 1: Charity Law Advisors (2 days) £150
Module 2: Charity Finance – Receipts & Payments (1 day) £95
Module 3: Charity Independent Examination (1 day) £95
Module 4: Charity Funding (½ day) £50
Module 5: Charity Trading (½ day) £50

The training can be completed as an entire ‘suite’ OR as individual modules – as long as the candidate has completed any prior training required (as specified).

A description for each module and booking details are provided here.

The training has been developed by the Trainers Forum – a group of TSI officers who have expertise in both providing these areas of support and in delivering training to build the capacity of others to provide support. The Trainers Forum includes representation from OSCR who have collaborated on developing the training content and approach.

The training is subsidised thanks to the support of OSCR

Scottish Orienteering are recruiting Board Members

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

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

Volunteer Drivers Wanted for West Lothian Young Carers Project

January 19th, 2017

CarHere at West Lothian Young Carers Project we are looking for Volunteer Drivers to help us pick up our young people off and take them home on a group night. If you have a few hours to spare a week then please get in touch.

Junior group meets on a Wednesday night 5.30 to 7.30
Senior group meets in a Tuesday night 5.30 to 7.30
Pick-ups will be between 4.30 and 5.30 then 7.30 and 8.30

We will arrange a PVG

Expenses: mileage is paid @ 45p per mile

If you want to find out more please contact Wilma Murray on 01506 448009 or

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