August 1st, 2017

West Lothian Woman’s Aid are looking to recruit someone aged between 16 and 29 to be a trainee Women’s Support Worker. The criteria is as follows:

Employee eligibility criteria
Eligibility for Community Jobs Scotland jobs falls into two categories.
1. Currently unemployed vulnerable 16-29 year-olds who are not accessing alternative Government support (e.g. Work Programme or Work Choice) and are either
  • a care leaver/care experienced
  • a carer
  • an Armed Forces early service leaver (have served less than 6 years)
  • a young person with conviction
  • a young person with a disability or health related issue
2. 16-29 year olds with disabilities or health issues on a Work Choice or Specialist Employment Support programme should engage directly with their provider.
Please note, if you have previously had a job funded through Community Jobs Scotland, you won’t be eligible for another Community Jobs Scotland post.
Contact your local Jobcentre Plus or Skills Development Scotland advisor who will check your eligibility and assist with applying to the vacancies.
The job opportunity is below, do you know anyone who might be interested?

Nightstop Development Worker

August 1st, 2017

Organisation: The Rock Trust

£21,263 – £25,313 pro rata
Salary info:
29 hours per week over 5 days (Fixed term contract until 31st August 2018, subject to further funding thereafter).
Part time
Closing date:
14 August 2017
West Lothian


Rock Trust is delighted to announce the extension of the Nightstop project to cover West Lothian. Nightstop is an exciting initiative which will provide safe and secure, emergency accommodation for young people in the homes of volunteer hosts. The model has been successfully implemented across the UK and provides a real alternative to the current emergency accommodation options for young people.

We are looking for an experienced and driven individual who will be responsible for:

  • Recruiting, training and managing volunteer hosts
  • Developing relationships with referral agencies
  • Building trusting relationships with young people
  • Providing assistance to access longer-term housing and support options

Application notes:

For an application pack please call 0131 557 4059 or visit our website at to download a pack.

Closing date: 12 noon Monday 14th August with Interviews being held on 22nd August 2017.

The Rock Trust is an equal opportunities employer.

West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network

July 13th, 2017
West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network will be occupying the Thrift Shop, 16 George Street, Bathgate from Thursday 20 July.  
ou are interested in volunteering or have any donations, please contact Evelyn on 01501 771 775.
Proceeds will go to Answer Dementia Cafe and West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network. 
We are looking for donations of goods and volunteers to help in the shop.  Come along and grab yourself a bargain!

Cyrenians Opal Bathgate are recruiting a Groups Support Assistant

July 11th, 2017

Hours of work: 9-15 hours per week.
Salary: £10.82 per hour
Area: East of Scotland
Location: Bathgate
Status: Casual/Sessional Work
Closing date: 24th July at 12 noon

It’s an exciting time for the OPAL service as we look to build on and expand our groups and group activities in the West Lothian area. We provide a range of group activities which help older people to stay connected, independent and feel part of their community. We encourage them get to know people locally, make new friends, share hobbies and interests, and to live every day to the full! We’re now looking for a dynamic individual to join the team to work alongside the Groups Coordinator on a sessional basis to support the delivery of groups within the West Lothian area.

You’ll need to have an understanding of how group activities can support and promote self-worth, but we’d also like you to bring your own friendly personality, encouraging approach and enthusiasm to the groups you will support. There are currently four established weekly groups for which you will plan an ongoing range of interesting and varied activities. Gathering feedback from attendees is also important as we are always looking to explore new ideas to ensure we offer plenty of options and variety. Previous experience of working with older people would be an advantage but isn’t essential, more importantly is your warm, compassionate, friendly nature and organised, professional approach. Working within the OPAL service provides an opportunity to support some of our most vulnerable clients who may otherwise be lonely and isolated.

Cyrenians is a charity working towards a society that truly values and includes all. Our Vision is of an inclusive society in which we all have the opportunities to live valued and fulfilled lives. We work to make that vision a reality through our mission to support people excluded from family, home, work or community on their life journey.


Application details: For full details and an application pack please visit, call 0131 475 2354 (during working hours), or e-mail:

CVs will not be accepted.

Application Notes:

Closing date is 12 noon on 24 th July 2017.

Interviews will be held on the 3 rd August 2017

Governance Four: Setting up a Charity & Introduction to SCIO

July 11th, 2017

Come to our FREE workshop and learn about what is needed to set up a charity, who can help and what paperwork templates are available to make your journey towards charitable status a smooth one. We will also look the relatively new legal form for charities, the Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). We will focus on the differences and idiosyncrasies of the SCIO and why it is widely becoming the charity of choice for new organisations. We will look at how you form a new SCIO or converting your existing charity into a SCIO.

This workshop is aimed at both staff and charity trustees who are interested in setting up a new charity or considering changing the legal form of an existing charity.


“A must for people who work in Charities.”

“Very Informative.”

“Well laid out information with comprehensive information pack to take away. I appreciated the offer made to get in touch for further assistance.”

To book now – please go to the following link –…/governance-four-setting-charity-i…/

Volunteer Opportunity – Management Committee Member

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

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

Home-Start West Lothian Project/Shop Manager

June 5th, 2017

Salary: £16,257.80 (plus performance related bonus)

(37 hours per week – Tuesday to Saturday)

Home-Start West Lothian is seeking to recruit a full-time experienced Project/Shop Manager for its shop in West Lothian.

Our Charity Shop will raise crucial funds to support Home-Start West Lothian’s work with young families across West Lothian.

We are looking for a dynamic, experienced Project/Shop Manager who will have the skills necessary to recruit and manage a team of volunteers/trainees, maximise income, organise stock regeneration and undertake all banking and financial recording.

An understanding of working to targets, recruiting and supporting volunteers/trainees, income and expenditure budgets, benefits of social media and gift aid is essential.

For further details please contact for a recruitment pack.

or if you’d prefer to have an informal discussion about the role please contact the Manager, Shelley Bowman,  on 01506 415755.

We do not accept CVs.  No agencies.

Closing date for applications: 12noon, Monday 12th June.

Interviews: Week commencing 19th June.

This position requires membership of PVG Scheme, and satisfactory references.

A company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland No: 280 852 Scottish Charity No: SC 029770.

Home-Start is committed to Equality of Opportunity and Diversity.  We wish to encourage applications from all parts of the community irrespective of gender, race, colour, age, sexual orientation or disability.  Appointments will be based on merit, following an open and clear selection process.

This post is supported by SCVO Capacity & Resilience Fund, Edinburgh Airport Community Board and Foundation Scotland

West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau

June 5th, 2017

Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian work in partnership with NHS Lothian and West Lothian Council to:

  • Connect with low income families  to allow them to get the appropriate help
  • Targeted intervention and support for pre and post natal families
  • Address the unmet debt and financial capability needs of low income families
  • Build lasting and effective connections between partner organisations

We are looking to recruit: –

 Post:                          Income Maximiser/Money Adviser  

Hours:                       35

Salary:                       £21,476 per annum 

Contract term:         Fixed term to 31st March 2018

The workers will deliver a holistic advice service to our client group with a focus on debt advice, financial capability and income maximisation.

Applicants should have experience of working in advice sector for a minimum of 2 years as well as working knowledge and experience of income maximisation, money advice, and budgeting, financial education.

The applicant will also have excellent communication skills and the ability to work to targets/deadlines and have experience of producing reports for funders. Knowledge and experience of CAB would also be advantageous.

Also required is proficiency in Word, Excel, e-mail and have knowledge of using a case management/recording system.

 Base: You will be based at CAB West Lothian although travel throughout West Lothian will be required.

For an application pack contact Fiona on 01506 436132 or e-mail

Closing date:                       Friday 16th June at 12 noon

Interview date:                    Thursday 22nd June

Fauldhouse Community Development Trust AGM

May 22nd, 2017

FCDT will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 7pm on Tuesday 13 June 2017 at The Hub, 10 Main Street, Fauldhouse, EH47 9HX

A full copy of our annual report, financial statement and nomination to the board forms will be available at the meeting.
If you would like copies in advance of the meeting or you require any further information, please contact Julie Smith on 01501 773 699, call into The Hub or see our website

Finger buffet and light refreshments will be available at 6.30pm.

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