Volunteering Opportunities

To view a selection of current local volunteering opportunities click here

All of the volunteering opportunities in West Lothian are available to view through the national database which you can find by clicking here

If you would like to register a volunteering opportunity on the national database, please click here and complete and return the form to vsg@vsgwl.org or return by post.

Volunteer with Bathgate Thistle Football Club

Bathgate Thistle Football ClubBathgate Thistle has a number of volunteering opportunities

Volunteer opportunity – Match video

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on an individual who is willing to video our games and edit them for the coaching staff and highlights package on our website.

The individual would need to use their own equipment.
The Club would offer free entry to all games and food and drink at each.

We hope this may appeal to someone looking to enhance their media skills.

Volunteer opportunity – Match reporter

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on an individual who is willing to do a match report on our games for our website, programme, local press and wider distribution as needed.

The Club would offer free entry to all games and food and drink at each.
We hope this may appeal to someone looking to enhance their media skills.

Volunteer opportunity – Physiotherapist

Bathgate Thistle would like to take on a physiotherapist who is capable of dealing with players (adults) injuries and treatment requirements at the Creamery Park on a Tuesday and Thursday from late July – late May each year.

Whilst this is not a paid position, we can offer the opportunity for the suitable individual to use our small treatment room as a private clinic outwith our requirements. This would be rent free and an opportunity to use your skills on a host of players outwith our own whilst earning an income.

Contact: Mr Robert Napier, Secretary, 5 Young Crescent, Bathgate, West Lothian, EH48 2SN
(Home) 01506 635594   (Mobile) 07864071506
(Email) robertnapier21@btinternet.com

Volunteering Opportunities at the Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry in Livingston

Pumpherston OilInterested in industrial / social history? Want to be part of a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and fun volunteers? Want to gain skills and experience in the heritage / museum / archive sector?

The Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry at Almond Valley Heritage Trust are looking to recruit volunteers for a new project. This project strives to capture the wealth of reference and archival material contained in the BP archive, which Almond Valley Heritage Trust currently house.

Through volunteers digitising and transcribing this important archive, the museum aims to make this content accessible to all via the museum’s website www.scottishshale.co.uk

We are looking for individuals who are –
* Interested in scanning / digitising primarily handwritten documents, and also possibly plans, photographs and negatives
* Interested in transcribing predominantly handwritten business and financial records into a word processing document such as Microsoft Word
* Computer literate
* Able to maintain attention to detail when conducting repetitive tasks
* Have some experience in using editing software and databases
* Interested in industrial / social history
* Honest and reliable
* Friendly and willing to work as part of a team
* Capable of lifting heavy archival boxes

Training, support or other benefits available:
Almond Valley Heritage Trust will provide you with induction training, and all the support and advice you need in your role.

Contact: Craig Statham, Digital Resources Officer, 01506-668960, craig@almondvalley.co.uk

Bield Values Volunteers in West Lothian

Bield-FTB-Logo-POS_3-Spot5Bield, one of Scotland’s leading providers of housing and care, is highlighting the important role that volunteers can play in assisting older people to enjoy happy and fulfilled lives.

With several developments in West Lothian, Bield has launched an appeal to find friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with a range of volunteer work such as Social Activities Assistants/Coordinators, Befrienders and tech Silver Surfer Tutors for its Silver Surfer Project.

Implementing programmes of social activities have proven to be a huge success, as they allow tenants to enjoy the opportunity to interact and socialise with others in their development and community.

Bield’s volunteer Social activity Assistants and co-ordinators are vital to ensuring the smooth running of social events organised by a development, such as games afternoons, bingo nights, gardening clubs and DVD afternoons. Volunteer Befrienders are key to combatting tenant isolation as they provide one-on-one companionship for a tenant over coffees, walks or any other activity.

Befrienders also boost the confidence of tenants by accompanying them to various social events, encouraging them to interact and socialise with others in their development or wider community.

Another popular feature for tenants is Bield’s Silver Surfer Tutors – a project that teaches tenants how to use modern technology, such as iPads and PC’s, allowing them to keep up with friends and family, as well as surf the net at their leisure. This project is incredibly important as it opens up a whole new digital world for our tenants.
We look to ensure our Silver Surfer Tutors work at the pace of the tenant meaning that they can learn at a speed that is comfortable for them.

Bield, a leading care and housing provider is looking to recruit volunteers across West Lothian:

Fauldhouse (Befriender)
Contact Cheryl Baillie on 01501-771044

Whitburn (Befriender, Silver Surfer Tutor Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Lynn McQueen on 01501-743253.

West Calder (Silver Surfer Tutor, Social Activity coordinator)
Contact Craig Meek on 01506-872786

Linlithgow (Social Activity Assistants – to assist with Lunch Clubs and with general social activities, Silver Surfer Tutor)
Contact Karen Reid on 01506-840846

Uphall (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Lynn McCusker 01506-853314

Armadale (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Mabelanne Fraser on 01501-732731

Livingston (Social Activity Coordinator)
Contact Ann Marie Sweeney on 01506-440282

Please note that these are volunteer, unpaid positions. We thank everyone for their enquiry, however, we hope you understand that not all enquiries will result in volunteer placements.

Bield is a registered charity that came from humble beginnings, starting out with just one development in Bo’ness to become a major of a wide range of housing and services for around 20,000 older people across 23 local authority areas.

Help local blind and partially sighted people get Online Today!

RNIBWould you like to help people with sight loss explore the options of getting online? Could you share your knowledge and enthusiasm to help people engage with technology? You will show people how to use a computer, tablet or smart phone to get online, deliver group training and demonstrations and visit people in their home to help them with basic online skills.

We’re looking for volunteers with great communication skills, patience and an interest in everyday computing technology to support local blind and partially sighted people who are feeling isolated from the benefits of these technologies which we take for granted.

“I was a guy who loved his computer, I used Blackberry products and was into social media, but in 2011 I suddenly lost my sight. Thanks to RNIB, within a couple of months I had an opportunity to learn how to use a screen reader on my laptop with a tutor. Four years on, I have a new computer and the staff at RNIB Scotland have advised me on technology that I’ve found much easier to use and provided me with lots of advice. RNIB has been a great source of information and support.”
Ian White, 52, Ayrshire


Befrienders Wanted

Befriending SchemeEveryone needs a friend and everyone can be a friend – so why don’t you be a friend to someone with a learning disability? You can make a real difference to them and improve the quality of their life as well as your own.

We are looking for all sorts of friends – male, female, young or with more experience under their belts. Friends who are patient, sensitive, honest, good at listening, caring, trustworthy, reliable and fun? You share a few hours of your time, once a week or once a fortnight. Training is provided so by doing this you will gain new skills, experience, support, get a good reference and most importantly make a wonderful new friend with whom you can make lifelong memories. Befrienders meet up one-to-one or join in social events such as bowling and summer outings.

If you are interested in becoming a Befriender, or would like more information about Befriending, then please contact – Audrey Stevenson, Telephone 01506 650111 or email: vsg@vsgwl.org

Macular Society Recruiting Volunteers

Macular SocietyCan you help us with the bit in the middle!

More than 600,000 people in the UK have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is the most common cause of sight loss in the developed world. For anyone who has a macular condition, they will know that the part of their sight which is affected is their central vision. This the part of your vision which is responsible for detail and colour perception, the loss of which often makes daily tasks such as reading, watching TV or recognising people’s faces very difficult and frustrating.

The Macular Society is the UK charity dedicated to supporting anyone with central vision loss and their family and friends. We have more than 16,000 members and around 5,500 professional members. We have around 300 local support groups and provide a range of other services including information, telephone befriending and a professional counselling service. Currently we are looking to support more people who have difficulty with “the bit in the middle” and want to engage a range of volunteers to help us deliver our services across Scotland. Can you help us or do you know anyone who can?

We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers to help us with the following roles:

  • Group volunteers – use your experience and organisational skills to help us run our network of 26 local support groups in Scotland.
  • Telephone Befriending – help by offering regular telephone contact to others with macular degeneration.
  • Daily Living Champion – learn about a variety of useful gadgets that can help people in their daily lives and spread the word about them.
  • Speakers – use your public speaking skills to raise awareness of macular degeneration and the Society’s work.
  • Skills for Seeing – learn how to teach people how to make the most of their remaining vision using a variety of techniques.
  • TechTalk – help others with technology problems over the phone.
  • Macular Matters distributors – help spread awareness by distributing our magazine ‘Macular Matters’ around your community.

If you think you can help us or you would like more information about the Macular Society and our work in Scotland, please get in touch with our Scottish Regional Manager as follows:

Jamie Cuthbertson
Tel: 0141 942 1083
Mob: 07903 520 350
Email: jamie.c@macularsociety.org

Volunteer at Whitburn Community Development Trust

WCDTWhitburn Community Development Trust is currently looking for volunteers to help run our drop-in signposting and IT support Service.

IT Buddies required to support older adults on a one to one basis get online and learn basic IT skills such as emailing, using search engines for research, hobbies and staying in touch.

IT Buddies required to support those with limited IT skills looking for work online. This includes accessing the Universal Job Match site a requirement of Job-Seekers Allowance, e-mailing employers, attaching documents and using job’s search engines and CV writing.

Community Champions are required to run our front of shop service to signpost local residents to the services we offer or host within the CDT premises.
Also to link or refer clients to other external services or agencies that can support clients with a range of issues including debt problems, benefit entitlement, health problems, transport, fuel poverty and also linking into community groups to get people involved in their local community.
Other roles include taking appointments for services offered within the premises and offering that listening ear and face to face reassurance to clients who maybe experiencing difficult circumstances.

All volunteering takes place at our premises at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn. Training and expenses are given.

Contact: Amanda McKay, Volunteer Advice Project Officer
Whitburn and District Community Development Trust
61 West Main Street
EH47 0QD
Tel: 01501-748708
Email: amanda@whitburncdt.org.uk

British Heart Foundation Bathgate Shop Volunteer Opportunities

British_Heart_Foundation_logoVolunteer Community Driver
If you enjoy getting out and about and meeting people this could be the role for you, helping to collect donations in the local community. Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles for which expenses are reimbursed.

The role involves picking up donations in the local area, working with the manager to arrange suitable days and times, promoting our free gift pick up service and building links in the local community.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Cash Desk Assistant
If you enjoy talking to people and providing great customer service this could be the role for you. Retail or relevant cash handling experience would be beneficial.

The role involves completing till transactions accurately; talking to customers and promoting add on sales such as badges & raffle tickets. Promoting our stock requirements and the Gift Aid scheme to donators is an important part of working at the cash desk.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Sales Floor Assistant
If you enjoy talking to people and can provide great customer service this could be the role for you. An interest in merchandising with retail or customer service experience would be beneficial.

The role involves helping customers on the sales floor; promoting the Gift Aid scheme to donators; assisting on the sales floor; putting out stock and keeping the sales floor looking great.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Bric a Brac Assistant
If you have an interest in antiques and unusual items, you could use your knowledge to sort & select items for sale. Experience of creating displays and merchandising would be beneficial.

The role involves selecting and pricing Bric a Brac using the price guides; identifying valuable items and merchandising the items in an attractive way following our display guidelines.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Volunteer Donated Stock Generator
If you enjoy a challenge and are confident talking to people and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude this could be the role for you. Call centre or telesales experience would be beneficial.

The role involves contacting local business for end of line stock, sourcing potential new stock donors and helping the manager with stock sourcing.
Volunteering can help you to gain valuable work experience, meet people, make new friends and develop your skills. Full training will be available for this role.
Your time helps raise vital funds to beat heart disease.

Contact: The Manager, British Heart Foundation Bathgate Shop, 5-9 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PH
Tel: 01506-650512, Email: B44@bhf.org.uk, Website: www.bhf.org.uk

Scottish Youth Film Festival

syff_logo_231x100The SYFF is a three day event that will take place November 20th – 22nd but does work throughout the year with groups of young people, teaching them the film making process and giving them hands on experience with equipment etc.

The Event will begin on Friday 20th November with a gala showing of a modern movie that would interest young people. We are hoping to get The Hunger Games as it is released that day.

Thereafter the following two days are designed to recreate for young people the experience of normal industry film festivals with
Screenings of short films made by those attending
Workshops for practical skills (acting/writing/technical) and pathway opportunities
Networking events

The whole project is designed to show the young people attending that the creative industries are a viable career path for more than just actors.

We would be looking for volunteers who would assist in the preparation and running of the festival. Guiding guests, dealing with ticketing and other information etc and we will be working with Armadale Academy in their leadership curriculum as well. As a result we would like to put together packages for the volunteers so that they also find the experience rewarding.

There is more on the Scottish Youth Film Festival here http://syff.scot/ and there is a contact form on the website.

Volunteering opportunities at The MoonWalk Scotland 2015

Walk the Walk_logoSign up now for The MoonWalk Scotland, 13 June Edinburgh. Everyone’s invited to the Mad Hatter’s Midnight Tea Party, as we celebrate 10 fantastic years of MoonWalking in Scotland! Register here

Bring family and friends to The SunWalk Festival on Sunday 12th July! An all day festival and whether you want to Walk one of our 3 challenges or Volunteer, there’s a distance to suit every ability and children can walk for free… find out more: Register here

Raise money, Raise awareness, Get fit and Have the best fun Walking the Walk!

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Cyrenians seek volunteers to befriend over 50’s in West Lothian

Cyrenians over 50’s Befriending West Lothian are looking for committed volunteers to give time to clients experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Each befriending relationship is unique and you can help make a difference in many ways. Befriending support is offered via telephone calls, home visits and support to get out-and-about in the local community. The main aims of the service are to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, increase a sense of self-worth and contribute to improved overall well-being.

All volunteers will complete our training programme where topics include; befriending roles, expectations, boundaries, policies, communication and listening skills. Ongoing training is offered throughout the befriending role including Dementia Awareness and Making Change Happen. A Disclosure Scotland PVG check is required and all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.

If this opportunity appeals to you, and you have a couple of hours to spare per week or fortnight, then we would be delighted to hear from you.Cyrenians

Volunteers urgently needed now in preparation for new client referrals in Spring.
Call us today on 01506-815815 or e-mail goldenyears@cyrenians.org.uk
Befrienders of all ages are very welcome but must be a minimum of 16.

Volunteer with Rosebery Centre

The RoseberyRosebery Centre Centre for Dementia Care in the areas of Livingston, the Calders, Uphall and Pumpherston are now looking for people to assist with activities on a Wednesday and also for volunteer drivers.
Anyone interested should contact the Manager, Nancy Burgoyne, or Assistant Manager, Andrew Fish, for further info. They will be delighted to hear from you.

Rosebery Centre for Dementia Care, c/o St Paul’s Church, Livingston, EH54 6DT
t: 01506 497046 e: info@roseberycentre.org.uk

International Volunteer Projects

Call Out from Serbia, This Summer Give a Hand to People in Need!

Serbia floodsA few weeks ago Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina were hit by extremely bad weather conditions. Heavy rain turned into huge floods. In some areas, for example, 120mm of rain per square meters had been counted in one day, which is an average rain for three months. All these countries are now left in very bad conditions. A state of emergency has been declared, people need assistance as many of them are now homeless.

Flood relief summer camps with International Volunteers

Inevitably, this disaster will have consequences on summer projects that take place in these countries. Some summer camps were supposed to happen in the flooded area and at the moment it is not suitable and safe enough for any kind of activities. Other project will also change their purpose and will now focus on securing the area.

Young Researchers of Serbia – Voluntary Service of Serbia – is planning to create additional summer projects to support the reconstruction of the devastated areas (39 municipalities in total). 75 workcamps will be announced by the end of June.

Xchange Scotland is seeking for volunteers to go to Serbia in August and September to help the inhabitants to start over and rebuild the area. We don’t know yet all the details of these summer camps but they will still have a strong educational and solidarity value as well as a strong statement in favour of the active role that youth can take in a society. The flood relief summer camps will not involve any risky work and will not put the volunteers in any dangerous situations or ask specific skills.

Come and give a hand

In order to help them as much as we can, Xchange Scotland discharge some project fees. However, it is unfortunately not possible to discharge all fees because without a participation fee, Serbians organisations will not be able to host any international volunteers.

Nevertheless, to avoid double costs for volunteers (i.e. inscription fee plus participation fee), all the volunteers recruited for summer camps dealing with after floods reconstruction in Serbia will pay only the amount of the usual inscription fee not to Xchange Scotland but as solidarity fee for the summer camp.

Contact: Carla Fyfe carla@xchangescotland.org Maryne Nojac promo@xchangescotland.org 0141-237-4767

Y Care International

Y careY Care International has a new volunteering opportunity for all 18-25 year olds, in collaboration with the International Citizen Service (ICS). Young people will get the chance to work for up to 12 weeks in some of the world’s poorest communities across Africa, Asia and Central America. There are also opportunities for Team Leaders for those aged 23+. Departures take place throughout the year but spaces are limited.
Apply now to go away this October!

Want more info?
Read about how a volunteer from Renfrew has already applied and been selected.

Drop-in Support Volunteer in Kirknewton

Kirknewton CDTOn the 4th of February 2014 a new zero-energy eco-friendly centre opened its doors in Kirknewton.  The Green Room is a community space which is run and supported by a team of volunteers.  We are looking for volunteers to assist with the running of the build during our week day drop-in sessions 9am-1pm.

The volunteer’s role is to meet and greet centre users, make teas and coffees, provide our laptops and iPads to users, as well as help visitors use our printing service.  The centre currently has a range of different users, mother and toddlers, job seekers, micro businesses.  We are also looking for new ideas and activities for the centre.  All ideas are welcome!

To find out more and to volunteer see: http://bit.ly/1sbkbZM

West Lothian Credit Union seeks volunteers in Broxburn

You can find out more about volunteering with West Lothian Credit Union in this week’s Community News from Affinity TV

News 21-2-14 from Affinity TV on Vimeo.

Volunteer Opportunities at Whitburn Community Development Trust

WCDTWe are looking for people who have time on their hands and want to give something back to the community while sharing their knowledge and gaining practical skills and experience to enhance your CV.  We require a minimum of 6hrs per month or 2hrs per week which is flexible and will work round your other commitments.  All volunteer positions take place in our office at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn

Volunteer Information & Signposting Service:  Could you spare a few hours per week to help direct people to the right place and provide information on services available to people who require further advice and support around benefits, money, energy efficiency, transport, community groups and health.  Volunteers are not expected to be experts in these areas but instead know where to signpost and refer people to get the right advice, information and support.  Training provided.

Money Mentors:  Could you spare a few hours per week to work one to one with clients to work through their money issues by helping clients look at their income and expenditure, identifying priorities, providing money saving tips and developing household budgets.  Training provided

Computer Buddies:  Good on Computers, could you spare a couple of hours a week to help clients using our computer suite on a one to one basis set up email accounts, job search and provide some basic guidance on using Microsoft Word and the internet.  Training provided.

Full support and training provided for all volunteer opportunities and expenses reimbursed.  Contact Amanda McKay, Volunteer Project officer, for more details 01501-748708 email amanda@whitburncdt.org.uk or pop in to the office at 61 West Main Street, Whitburn.

Family Mediation Lothian Contact Centre Whitburn

FamilyMediationLothianWorking with families going through separation and divorce.

Work with our organiser to provide a welcoming friendly atmosphere, prepare the centre for the day by selecting and laying out toys and simple refreshments, help to manage arrivals and departures without conflict, 4 hour shift once a month on a Saturday or Sunday, training and travel expenses provided.

Experience Required: Warm and friendly, some experience of working with people in stressful situation, able to be neutral and maintain confidentiality.

Restrictions: Volunteers have to work in support of adults.

Where:  At 207 West Main Street, Whitburn, EH47 0LP

Opportunity Email: kshirres@familymediationlothian.org

Organisation Phone: 0131-226-4507

More details here

Befrienders Wanted

Befrienders WantedEveryone needs a friend.  Batman, Ant and Jack all have their friends, so why don’t you be a friend to someone with a learning disability?  You can make a difference, and improve the quality of someone’s life.

Are you 16 or over and ready to make a difference?  Are you patient, sensitive, honest, good at listening, caring, trustworthy, reliable and fun?  Only a few hours of your time, once a week or even less, is all you need.  Doing this you will gain new skills, work experience, get a good reference and make new friends.

If you are interested in becoming a befriender or would like more information about befriending please contact Audrey Stevenson or Jenny Caseby – Phone: 01506-650111 Email: vsg@vsgwl.org

Forget-me-not Volunteers needed in West Lothian

AlzheimerWould you like to make a difference to the life of a person with dementia?

Alzheimer Scotland is seeking volunteers to help with their Forget-me-not project in West Lothian.  The aim of the project is to ensure that people with dementia, living in Care Homes, have the same opportunities for engagement and involvement as people who live in the community.  This will involve volunteers spending time, on a one to one basis, with people with dementia, being there ‘just for them’ and helping them to participate in activities, both inside and outside of the care home.  This could include playing games, joining in group activities, helping the person to continue with a hobby/interest, going out to do something they enjoy such as visits to the cinema, a park, the local pub, a café, or just sitting together and having a chat.

Expenses will be reimbursed and full training and support will be given.  No experience is necessary just 2 hours a week to spare, reliability and good communication skills.  People from all ages/backgrounds are welcome.  Volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland provides a fantastic opportunity for personal development and to gain valuable work related experience and skills.

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in this worthwhile project please contact Jennifer Hawksworth, by telephoning 01506-533117 or email jhawksworth@alzscot.org

vss logo jan 2013Victim Support Volunteers wanted urgently

Victim Support West Lothian is currently recruiting volunteers to provide support and information to victims of crime.  If you have 3 – 4 hours per week to spare, morning, afternoon or evening, have good people skills and care about the impact crime has on people living in your local community, Victim Support will provide top quality training, accreditation and support.  For further information or an application pack call 01506-635050

Food Train West Lothian have a number of Volunteer Opportunities in West Lothian

Shopper:  This job will also involve helping to check shopping against customers’ shopping lists. You would work in either Asda or Morrisons in Livingston with other Shoppers, doing shopping for our customers. You could be shopping for 4 or 5 customers each day picking shopping and loading into customers’ shopping boxes

Driver:  Driving our company van, you will collect shopping boxes from Asda or Morrisons in Livingston and deliver it to our customers, unloading shopping and putting it away for them, if required. Drivers will also be required to collect shopping lists from customers. You will work with one other volunteer and will need to be Disclosure checked to help

Helper:  You will assist the driver with shopping deliveries and collection of payment for the shopping. Our customers live throughout West Lothian. As helper, you would be responsible for cash handling in particular.  You will need to be Disclosure checked for this job.

Extra Service Volunteer:  We help people aged 65 and over to maintain their independence. The Extra Service Volunteer would use their practical skills to help customers with household tasks they are finding difficult with advancing years. The tasks we can do are as varied as running a household suggests, such as: Cleaning the inside of windows Changing curtains Turning a mattress Changing duvet covers Cleaning a fridge Defrosting a freezer Cleaning out cupboards Rearranging moveable furniture

Food Train NewThe Food Train is a registered charity and voluntary organisation providing a vital grocery shopping delivery and home support service to older people living in West Lothian (please see the attached leaflet for further information). The ultimate objective of our organisation is to support local older people to live independently at home.

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Whitburn Information and Advice Service seeks Volunteer Advisors and IT Buddies

WCDTWhitburn and District Community Development Trust is looking for volunteers to take forward a new Information and Advice Service in the town.  Volunteer Advisors will provide advice to local residents on issues such as managing money, budgeting, fuel advice and money saving tips.  Volunteer IT buddies who have good computer and internet skills are also required to support clients learn to use the internet for benefits information, job searches, fuel information and email accounts.  Expenses will be reimbursed and full training and support will be given to deliver the drop-in service in the Whitburn Community Development Trust office.  For more information please contact Amanda McKay 01501 748708 or visit the website to download an application pack www.whitburncdt.org.uk/volunteering.  No experience is necessary just some time to spare, good communication skills and a desire to help others in need.


Garden Angels Project

What is Garden Angels About?
Who Can Volunteer?
Who Can Receive The Service?
Benefits for Clients
Benefits for Volunteers
Building Positive Relationships

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If you want to volunteer with Garden Angels or you know of someone who could use their help, contact Jeneva Storme, Gardening Project Co-ordinator at the Gateway
Tel: 01506-650111, e mail: jeneva.storme@vsgwl.org, Garden Angels on Facebook

Butterfly Trust Befriender

Butterfly TrustWe are looking for a female befriender for a female befriendee.

The Befriender role is a role which involves offering support to a young person living with Cystic Fibrosis.  Befrienders share social activities and support to explore concerns so the person can grow self-confidence and develop life skills.

Young people living with this progressive and debilitation condition can face a variety of challenges that disadvantage them socially, financially and in the workplace.  Their restrictions on their lifestyle can leave them isolated and sometimes struggling to cope.  A befriender will meet with a young person regularly to build a trusting one to one relationship.  This will allow the young person space and a suitable environment to explore their feelings, discuss their fears and grow their self-esteem.

A befriender must have access to a car and held their driving licence for a minimum of two years.  They would be then collect the befriendee from home and carry out suitable fun or social activities.

Contact Laura Findlay on 079-7254-1830 or laura@butterflytrust.org.uk

Zero Waste Scotland volunteer project – Advisors wanted

As a Zero Waste Scotland volunteer, you can help people in your neighbourhood reduce the waste they produce.  Not only is this good for the environment, but it could save them and you money too!

The average Scottish household throws away £430 worth of food and drink each year that is perfectly good, but never got consumed.  By volunteering with us, you will learn how to reduce waste and avoid throwing away good money and you’ll help others to do the same.

We also help people turn their kitchen scraps into beautiful free compost at home, and we’re keen supporters of recycling.

As a volunteer you could be:
– Talking to the public at events
– Running workshops
– Visiting someone’s compost bin
– Spreading the word through blogging or podcasts
– Distributing leaflets and posters
…or simply chatting with your colleagues, friends and neighbours.  Your imagination is the limit!

You will be fully trained and have the support of a Zero Waste Scotland volunteer coordinator.  As a volunteer you will receive regular email newsletters (or paper copies if you prefer).  You also get to meet your fellow volunteers at events and socials.  We pay travel expenses and help transport materials around for you when we can!

We’re having a recruitment push for January and February, ending with a training day in March and aimed at recruiting volunteers for the long term, but specifically to help West Lothian council with some waste roadshows in late March and April.  More details can be found by clicking here

NHS Lothian Voluntary Services

What can voluntary work do for me?
It provides an opportunity to: Help other people, learn new skills, have fun, make new friends, improve your employability, increase confidence, become involved in the local community, access training opportunities and offer you a challenge.

Who can Volunteer?
We welcome anyone 16 years or over to apply to become a Volunteer ( NB you need to be 18 or over if you wish to volunteer with us to work with children).  No special skills are required; all we ask is that you can offer your time, commitment and reliability.

Presently volunteers are involved in:
Befriending, guiding and welcoming, information giving, health promotion , helping at clinics and events , fundraising, peer support, library, café and shops, ward visitors, ward helpers, transport, chaplaincy, administrative support, research projects, organic gardening, therapeutic care and much more!

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer with NHS Lothian, please contact the relevant Voluntary Services Manager -
Agnes McKenna
Area of Responsibility
West Lothian – St John’s Hospital, St Michaels, Tippethill House, Maple Villa, Beatlie School, West Lothian Health Centers and clinics and the CHCP Projects which include Breast Feeding Support, Food Co-ops, West Lothian on the Move (walking project)
Contact Details
Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
01506 523588
Email: agnes.mckenna@wlt.scot.nhs.uk

A new way to make a difference: e-participation.
We are keen that people become involved in helping us to improve our services. Some of you are already doing just that. We have various ways that you can get involved– see the “Get Involved” section on this website.

Citizen Led Inspectors West Lothian Council

Citizen Led Inspectors will work as part of a small team of volunteers that carry out inspections on West Lothian Council services on behalf of customers.  In accordance with a challenging inspection framework and process, the team will evaluate service practices and performance and report their findings to senior management.


To develop inspectors with the capabilities to carry out detailed and robust assessments of service delivery

To support inspectors to carry out independent inspections that provide structured and achievable recommendations

To improve partnership working and understanding between customers and West Lothian Council

To develop inspectors that will become an integral part of the Council’s strategy for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery


The Zero Waste Scotland Volunteer Project

Would you like to meet new people, learn new skills, gain confidence and take part in some interesting activities – for free?

Could you help make West Lothian a cleaner, healthier and happier place to live?

Could you find a use for an extra £430 a year?

If you said YES to even one of these questions, volunteering with Zero Waste Scotland could be for you.  It’s easy to get started.  Just contact us on zerowastevolunteers @ changeworks.org.uk or on 0131-555-4010.

As a Zero Waste Scotland Volunteer, you would help the people in your neighbourhood reduce the waste they produce at home.  Not only is this good for the environment, but this could save them money too.  For example, an average Scottish household throws away £430 worth of food and drink each year that was perfectly good, but just never got consumed.  Much of the food and drink thrown away is still in its original packaging!  By volunteering with us you will learn how to avoid throwing away good money and help others do the same.  We also help people turn their kitchen scraps to beautiful free compost at home and are keen supporters of recycling.

You will be fully trained and have the support of a Zero Waste Scotland volunteer coordinator.  You could find yourself talking to the public at events, running workshops or visiting somebody’s compost bin.  You could even spread the word by blogging and through podcasts … or simply as you chat with your friends and neighbours.  Your imagination is the limit!

As a volunteer, you will receive regular email newsletters (or paper copies if you prefer).  You also get to meet your fellow volunteers at social events and other gatherings.  We pay for your travel expenses and we even give you vouchers as an additional thank you for the time you spend volunteering.

Scotland’s Zero Waste Plan was launched in 2010.  It outlines a vision of Scotland where all waste is seen as a resource; waste is minimised; valuable resources are not disposed of in landfills, and most waste is sorted, leaving only limited amounts to be treated.  The aim is that by 2025 75% of Scotland’s waste is recycled and only 5% is sent to landfill.  Zero Waste Scotland volunteers have a crucial role in making this vision a reality.  The Volunteer Project in West Lothian is funded by Zero Waste Scotland and managed by Changeworks, an environmental charity based in Edinburgh.

Cyrenians Farm seeks volunteers for various roles

Descriptions of some of these roles are here but it should be borne in mind that each role does not have to be exclusive – who is to say that our Handyman/Woman is not a dab hand at jam making, or that our Office Angel is not a whizz with a power drill?  Alternatively you can share volunteering roles with a friend or family member.

Above all, we are looking for people who are prepared to help out in any way that furthers the success of Cyrenians Farm.

If you have skills in a particular area and would like to share them we would love to meet you.  We welcome all volunteers and there is the opportunity to lend a hand in the fields, in the kitchen, in the office, on deliveries – wherever is best for you and the Farm at that particular time of the year.

Come and join us in this innovative project which is all about ‘growing food and growing people’.  Work alongside folks from all walks of life and members of our Farm Community who are taking steps towards a settled lifestyle through their work experience and training on the farm.

Please contact me for further information or find additional information on our website:

Stephen McNeil, Manager, Cyrenians Farm Enterprise, 12 Humbie Holdings, Kirknewton, EH27 8DS

Telephone:  0131-333-5202  Email:  StephenMcNeil @ cyrenians.org.uk  www.cyreniansfarm.org.uk


Volunteer Children’s Activities Worker

Provide pro-active, non-judgemental support for children with disabilities age 5 – 16 years.  Help in fulfilling young people’s needs by supporting them during in- and out-door playtime activities.  Support socialisation of young people with disabilities by using communication and caring skills.

Volunteer Life Coach

Coach and support young people with disabilities and social and behavioural needs in key life skills.  Focus on young people as individuals.  Provide steady, long term support to establish a supportive relationship with the young person.  Support the socialisation of the young person by applying your communication and caring skills to match the young person’s needs.

Barnardo’s Volunteer Driver

Providing transport to take volunteers to and from the arranged activities – car is essential for this role.  Working as a member of the service supporting young people with disabilities (volunteering with the children’s activities service is optional)  Taking part in the ongoing training and supervision

West Lothian College

Do you want to give something back to the community and make a difference to the wealth and prosperity of the economy?

West Lothian College invites applicants from the business community to join the College’s Board  of Governors.

Click here for full details
Further information contact Alison Bruce, Clerk to the Board on 0131 535 4615

CAB West Lothian – Management Committee Members

Citizens Advice Bureau West Lothian is a voluntary, community service. Its geographical boundary is West Lothian; 165 square miles with a population of c.168,000 people.   The Bureau provides free, confidential, impartial advice and information on issue such as welfare benefits, debt and housing issues, employment, tax, utilities and consumer issues and much more.

Meetings are held every quarter and last between 1 ½ – 2 hours and commence at 5.15pm.   The AGM normally takes place in September each year.

If you feel you could help please contact Karen McGhee for more information at www.cabwestllothian.org.uk

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland

A new support group is in the process of being developed and we are urgently looking for volunteers to push this project forward.  The support group will be member led, based in Bathgate and will be affiliated with Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.  The purpose of the group will be to reduce isolation for people who have suffered a stroke which will include companionship, day trips etc.

We are looking for people to fill various roles, including Committee i.e. Treasurer, Chair, Secretary as well as group assistants and refreshments providers.

If you are interested please contact Lorraine at Lorraine.mackenzie @ chss.org.uk.

vss logo jan 2013Victim Support

Volunteers wanted urgently.
Victim Support West Lothian is currently recruiting volunteers to provide support and information to victims of crime. If you have 3 – 4 hours per week to spare, morning, afternoon or evening, have good people skills and care about the impact crime has on people living in your local community, Victim Support will provide top quality training, accreditation and support. For further information or an application pack call 01506 635050


We want to help Bathgate become West Lothian’s next Fairtrade Town. Can you spare a few hours to survey local businesses in Bathgate to ascertain their current commitment to Fair Trade? We are looking for a mature individual with good communication skills, who is friendly and approachable, to raise awareness of Fairtrade in Bathgate. If you are this person, contact Jean Michaels at the Gateway in the first instance. Tel  01506 650111 e-mail jean.michaels@vsgwl.org


Put Your West Foot Forward

Put Your West Foot Forward have a number of volunteering opportunities:

Volunteer Health Walk Leader The role of the walk leader will be to lead group walks.  They will use local walking routes in a safe, responsible and enjoyable way.  The walk leader will work as part of a team to encourage and support members of the public to become more active.  They will be motivating and encouraging to all walkers.  They will provide walkers with information and advice to enable them to make positive changes to their lives.  They will be expected to actively support healthy lifestyle messages.

Volunteer Walk Assistants  The health walk assistant will be expected to support walk leaders on group walks.  The walk assistant will work as part of a team to encourage and support members of the public to become more active.  They will be motivating and encouraging to all walkers.  They will provide walkers with information and advice to enable them to make positive changes to their lives.  They will be expected to actively support healthy lifestyle messages.

Buddy Walkers  Volunteers Buddy Walkers are crucial to the project.  As part of the scheme a volunteer Buddy Walker will accompany a referred person on a suitably identified one to one health walk with the aim of promoting independent physical activity in a welcoming, safe, responsible and enjoyable way.  The Buddy Walker will support, encourage and motivate an individual who may lack confidence to take the first crucial steps to becoming more active through walking.  They will also be expected to actively support and promote healthy lifestyle messages.

Advice Shop

The Advice Shop are looking for volunteers to help them review their customer service and tell them what they’re doing well, as well as the things they’re not?Could you spare an hour of your time either once or every few months? We’re looking for a team of volunteers who would like to be involved. Feedback would be during office hours in Bathgate on a day and time that suits you and travel expenses will be reimbursed.Contact the Gateway to pass on your details. vsg@vsgwl.org

Community Driver Project


The Community Driver Project funded by West Lothian Council is run in partnership with Lothian Community Transport Services and offers volunteer drivers MiDAS (Minibus Driver Awareness Scheme) training to a national standard; a MiDAS certificate (valid for 4 years) is awarded to volunteers on successful completion of the course.

Further free training in First Aid, Fire and Evacuation, and the Passenger Assistant Training Scheme are also available to MiDAS drivers

For entry to one of the monthly training courses volunteers must be over 21 and under 70 years ofage, have 2 or more years driving experience and have a D1 qualification on his/her driving license.


The Yellow Teapot Club

If you are interested in volunteering please e-mail jenny.caseby@vsgwl.org or james.penman@vsgwl.org

You can also call Voluntary Sector Gateway on  01506 650111

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Volunteer Overseas

Xchange Scotland is a youth-led charity that has been set up to provide affordable international volunteer opportunities. We are part of established worldwide networks which offer over 1300 projects every year, ranging from 2-4 weeks.  For only £200 plus travel, you could be helping organise an intercultural festival in Morocco, or even planting trees in Japan.  We are sure there is a project out there for you!

For the more adventurous, we also offer long term volunteer opportunities.  Working in a European charity for 1-12 months and receiving full funding, this is an amazing chance to learn new skills and experience new cultures! You have to be aged 18-30 to participate in this programme.

Interested? For more details visit www.xchangescotland.org , or alternatively email us on info@xchangescotland.org and we will get back to you!





WORLDEXCHANGE is committed to supporting the social, economic and spiritual development of villages and local urban communities in the developing world. We do this through our three core programmes: International Volunteer programme, Scottish volunteer programme, Visit and Exchange programme.



For unemployed young people aged 18 to 30, who are unemployed, with troubled backgrounds and no direction in their life

This is a ‘Leonardo Da Vinci’ project of  Bhagavat Educational Trust – a life changing experience, which will boost their self esteem and change their attitude to life no end.

  • Two weeks in Bulgaria working in favour of orphanages and marginalised children.
  • Fully funded by the EU – all expenses paid.

For more information  tel  01172 309903 or visit the website.

Open World

Open World are a registered Non Profit Organization, located at Sivakasi (Near the famous temple city Madurai) , Tamil Nadu .It’s the deep Hindu South of India. Our vision is to help the disabled children and women in need to improve their standard of life and their economy. We are offering volunteering opportunities to the Gap year students and professionals in various fields.


UNA Exchange

UNA Exchange organises international volunteer projects in over 50 countries worldwide for between 2 weeks and 12 months.



Whether you’re looking for a career break or a new job, finishing school or university, wanting to develop your skills or to develop the world, challenging yourself or just making the most of a trip overseas – InterVol gives you the inspiration, information and impartial advice you need to discover your perfect volunteering opportunity overseas.



Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS) is a network of 52 Scottish-based organisations which promotes the exchange of experience, ideas and information for more effective workingin International Development- Some offer volunteering opportunities


Challenges Worldwide

Challenges Worldwide is a Scottish based International Development Organisation that matches motivatedand skilled individuals to focused short term volunteer placements overseas.



Platform 2 is an opportunity to volunteer in a developing country and then come back and creatively express their experiences in the UK – FREE.


Residential Volunteering


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