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.

Here is a downloadable leaflet on Volunteering


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

Xchange ScotlandFrom Mexico to Mongolia, there are over 1500 diverse and exciting short-term international volunteer projects to choose from in over 40 countries worldwide. Each project is set-up and run by the local community, in various sector: social, environmental, educational, cultural, construction, archaeological…

July IVP opportunities

  • Teaching IVP in Thailand. From 14/07 to 26/07. The main work of the volunteers will be to run English lessons in a primary school and also in a high school. They can prepare easy English lesson and useful conversation, open and shared a new experience with the students.                
  • Social and kids IVP in Russia from 31/08 to 13/09. The volunteers will take part in a project called “Older Brother, Older Sister” and organise leisure time activities for children. The aim of this project is to give volunteers and kids a chance to develop friendship while spending time together and enriching themselves in the community.

There are 2000 more IVP projects available this year throughout the summer. Check them out by following this link.

European Volunteer Service

For those who are more interested in a longer opportunity, Xchange Scotland send volunteers on European Voluntary Service (EVS). Funded by the European Commission, EVS is a great opportunity to live and volunteer for an organisation in another country for up to 1 year. Volunteers WILL be involved in different kind of projects: social, environmental, educational, cultural, youth, intercultural…

July EVS opportunities

  • Fully funded EVS project in Hungary for 12 months in August. The volunteer will work in an organisation aiming to help young people to get involved in local and international activities. He/she will take part in various activities such as cultural clubs, language lessons in secondary schools, useful free time activities, and summer camp…
  • Fully funded EVS project starting in January or February in Germany for 9 or 12 months. The volunteer will work in an institute that communicates a wealth of information about foreign cultures. He/she will be in charge of the public relation and also assist the team with the preparation of evening programmes, exhibitions, concerts, museum evenings and cultural weeks…

For more information about EVS, send us an email at: evs@xchangescotland.org

Road show

Until December, Xchange Scotland will hit the roads of Scotland. This roadshow aims to promote local volunteering opportunities to young people (17-30), inform them about the benefits of volunteering and streamline these opportunities with local organisations and Volunteer Centres.

Here is an insight of our next stops:
The 14th and 15th of July we will be at the Youth Scotland event in Stirling

On the 26th of July we will be at the International Youth Festival in Aberdeen
From the 22nd to the 24th of August we will be at the Doon the Rabbit Hole Festival in Stirling
On the 22nd of September we will be at the Big Event in Aberdeen Volunteer Centre
On the 30th and the 2nd of October we will attend the Aberdeen University Student Union
On the 3rd of October we will be at the Bon Accord Mall in Aberdeen

If you are interested in take part into this great adventure or if you would like to discuss any of the opportunities, please get in touch with carla@xchangescotland.org


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 Play Workers – West Lothian Easter Playscheme

Lothian AutisticThe applicant will be paired with a child or young person with an Autism spectrum disorder.  Care workers will be required to ensure that the young person is in their care and safe at all times.  Care workers will also help the children and young people attending the playscheme to: participate in activities; encourage friendships; develop social skills and imaginative play and enable them to enjoy new experiences.  All staff will be responsible for the completion of daily diaries that are sent home to parents at the end of each day.  Vigilance in reporting incidents, accidents and relevant information is essential.

See more at http://tinyurl.com/pls4ujl


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


S.M.A.R.T Project (Schools Mentoring Achieving Results Together)

Volunteer Mentors required

Voluntary Sector Gateway has secured funding to run a two year Mentoring Programme for 14 year olds in 11 of West Lothian’s secondary schools.  Each school will be allocated 10 mentoring places.  All the young people involved in the project will come under the category of needing More Choices More Chances.

The aims of the project are to provide trained and experienced Mentors to work with the young people on a regular weekly basis to achieve specified agreed outcomes.  The role of the Mentors will be to assist with the development of the young people by facilitating their stated path to a positive destination such as: further education, training, employment or volunteering through their voluntary engagement with the Mentoring process.  The Mentor will become a positive “Role Model” who can offer their own life experience and skills to help the young person achieve their goals.

As a Volunteer Mentor you will be trained and supported throughout the programme.  Training will take place at the Voluntary Sector Gateway in Bathgate from 6pm to 9pm over two evenings.  The next training dates are Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th May 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Gateway.

If you have a few hours to spare each week and feel you are able to inspire, encourage, motivate and support these young people and take part in this exciting project, contact Maureen Mancini or James Penman on 01506-650111 or email maureen.mancini @ vsgwl.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


Volunteer With Older People in the Uphall Area

st andrews courtWe are looking for volunteers to assist our residents with group activities and social events at St. Andrews Care Home in Uphall.

Working as part of a volunteer team, activities include pamper sessions, board games, skittles and regular outings.

To find out more, call Helen McLeod on 01506-857183

Full training and support given.  Out-of-pocket expenses paid

http://tinyurl.com/py3r32j


WestportVolunteer with older people at Westport Resource in the Linlithgow area

We are looking for volunteers to assist our service users with a Lunch Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (11.30am – 1.30pm) and a Craft Afternoon on Monday p.m.

Working as part of a volunteer team this is an opportunity to become involved with your local community and to enhance the quality of life for our service users.

To find out more call Alison Lowe on 01506-840846

Full training and support given

Out-of-pocket expenses paid

http://tinyurl.com/owuw9a7


blackfaulds courtVolunteer with older people in the Fauldhouse area

We are looking for volunteers to assist our service users with a Lunch Club and to organise a quiz night at our sheltered Housing development at Blackfaulds Court.

Working as part of a volunteer team this is an opportunity to become involved with your local community and to enhance the quality of life for our service users.

To find out more call Cheryl Baillie on 01501-771044

Full training and support given. Out-of-pocket expenses paid


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.

Click for more information


Cashier

Working from either The Centre or a community collection point:

  • Deal with members’ enquiries
  • Register deposits into members’ accounts
  • Deal with members’ loan and share withdrawal queries
  • Ensure monies taken balance at end of Collection
  • With experience you may be asked to take on the role of “volunteer buddy” which entails training and helping other new volunteers go through induction training and building confidence

Full training provided, but volunteers should be comfortable working on a computer and be happy dealing with members
Livingston – http://tinyurl.com/mhmltvz
Broxburn – http://tinyurl.com/mwobokr

Internal Audit

If working on the Internal Audit team, volunteers cannot then take on an additional volunteering role.  Full training will be given regarding FSA Compliance and requirements of the Audit team.  You will be working from The Centre, Livingston:

  • Checking bank reconciliations
  • Checking member transactions
  • Checking staff/volunteer transaction
  • Checking paperwork
    http://tinyurl.com/knkpy34

Administration

Working from The Centre, Livingston or our administration office in Craigshill, Livingston:

  • Assisting with filing and scanning membership documentation
  • Preparing loan application packs for approval by Loan Committee
  • Answering the telephone
  • Processing members’ transactions
  • Dealing with members’ queries
  • Supporting volunteers on the Front Desk (dealing directly with members)
  • Supporting administrative staff
    http://tinyurl.com/jvj7pqy

Promotions/Fundraising

Working from Craigshill, Livingston:

  • Compiling promotional literature (ensuring stock supply for all offices)
  • Helping to arrange fundraising activity – tombola stalls, free prize draws which could take place throughout West Lothian
  • Attending promotional events to talk one-to-one with members of the public about the credit union
  • Attending events in staff canteens to talk one-to-one with employees about the credit union
    http://tinyurl.com/mhs68vg

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.

http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/109310/0/Volunteer-Advisor
http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/109311/0/IT-Buddy


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

Download (PPTX, 569KB)

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


Voluntary Welfare & Benefits Advisors are needed in your area

Benefits AdvisorsWe are looking for volunteers with:
Local knowledge and understanding
An interest in working in an advisory setting
A willingness to learn new skills
A few hours to spare each week in your area

Become your Community’s Local Champion
(areas available include but not limited to Stoneyburn, Longridge, Breich, Bridgend, Addiewell, Blackridge, Fauldhouse, Winchburgh, Greenrigg & Armadale*)
*Excludes Livingston, Whitburn, Bathgate, Broxburn & Linlithgow

For more information, or to apply for a voluntary position, contact:
Carol Henry or Rebecca Robertson 01506-657335  info@wlfin.org.uk  www.wlfin.org.uk


Volunteering Opportunities in West Calderstewart court befriender

stewart court gardenerBield Housing & Care are recruiting for volunteers at their sheltered housing development in Stewart Court, West Calder. They are seeking a volunteer Gardener to assist service users to enjoy and make full use of their sensory gardens and a Befriender to help support a tenant who is blind.

http://tinyurl.com/azm26r6 & http://tinyurl.com/alhxcq5


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


IT Tutor with Third Age Computer Fun

We require volunteers to teach computing to those who never had the advantage of learning in school or at work.  Our Club last for 2 hours with a break in the middle for ‘cuppas & chat’.  We have an organised work plan to help with email, browsing and searching the internet, etc.  A syllabus & tutorials will be supplied for guidance. We are not looking for experts but you need to have a basic knowledge of the internet.  Members work on their own machines which makes it easier when they find themselves on their own at home.  This is a very rewarding opportunity and our volunteers really enjoy the work.  The Club will run throughout the year, every Thursday 10am – 12 noon.  See more here

About Third Age Computer Fun

We assist the housebound and over 50s in exploring the fascinating world of the internet.  Email, file management, browsing, photo editing and sharing.  Hopefully leading to inter-club competitions and online games.


Mosswood Community Centre – Community Cafe Volunteer(s) needed

community-cafeCan you spare a few hours each week?
If so, we would love to hear from you.

The voluntary run community café in Mosswood Community Centre require assistance on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

We would look for someone to volunteer either 10am – 12pm to assist with cooking or 12 – 14.00 to serve at the counter.

Even better if there is anyone who could dedicate the 4 hours – this would be fabulous too.

Contact Lynne Cook, Centre Co-ordinator, Mosswood Community Centre, 85 Ferguson Way, Knightsridge, Livingston, EH54 8JF
Phone: 01506 437761


Cyrenians seek volunteers to support older people

Cyrenians are looking for  interested people in becoming volunteers  providing support to older people who are feeling lonely and isolated.  The service is designed to provide early intervention to improve the quality of life for older people and enable them to continue to live independently in their own homes, where this it their choice.  The service will provide support by offering friendship telephone calls, accompanying the older person to activities within their local community or arranged group activities.

The activities will be based within West Lothian as we try and link the older person to activities within their local area.  The telephone befriending service can either be based within the Bathgate office or from the volunteers home.

The volunteers will be offered full induction training which will approx 12hrs and includes: Issues affecting older people, boundaries and expectations, Risk Assessment, Communication and listening skills, beginnings and endings, confidentiality etc.  Ongoing training will look at different areas such as Dementia Awareness, Epilepsy, Lone Working Bereavement and other areas that the volunteers require as the role progresses.

http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/97100/0/Volunteer-Befriender


West Lothian Disabled Ramblers seek committee members

West Lothian Disabled Ramblers are looking for able-bodied people to assist as general committee members as well as a treasurer.  Committee meetings are held monthly.  Contact Donald Buchanan 01506-431422.

West Lothian Disabled Rambler’s aim is to foster self-reliance and to encourage responsibility for oneself while respecting the country code and having fun. Organising and running rambles allows disabled people access to the countryside. They run twelve Rambles per year, April to October, to various venues throughout Scotland. They have a small fleet of electric scooters (17) for people with walking difficulties. They also have many ambulant disabled members e.g. visually impaired people, people with learning difficulties, etc.


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!

Contact
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.


Bield Housing & Care are recruiting for volunteers in the Blackburn area

PrintThe Social Activity Assistant helps tenants make full use of the communal lounge by assisting with a range of social activities, e.g. games and craft sessions, lunch clubs, reminiscence sessions, bingo, armchair exercises.

We are looking for volunteers to run a quiz afternoon and help serve refreshments and volunteers to assist with a Fish and Chip night on a Monday.

Mosside Court Sheltered Housing Development, 54 Mosside Road, Blackburn, EH47 7DG

http://www.volunteerscotland.org.uk/Opportunity/Detail/101311/0/Social-Activity-Assistant—Blackburn—W-Lothian


Voluntary Arts Ambassador for West Lothian

Voluntary Arts Scotland is recruiting people with a passion for arts and crafts to help support and promote culture in their local area.

As a Voluntary Arts Ambassador, you’ll be the link between voluntary and amateur arts and crafts groups, local authorities, voluntary sector agencies and community planning.

You’ll also be part of a team of volunteers across Scotland, fully supported by staff at Voluntary Arts Scotland.

Click on the poster for contact details.  Role Description and Application Form can be downloaded here.


Social Activity Assistant – Linlithgow

Bield Housing & Care are currently recruiting in Linlithgow, West Lothian.  The Social Activity Assistant helps tenants make full use of the communal lounge by assisting with a range of social activities, e.g. games and craft sessions, lunch clubs, reminiscence sessions, bingo, armchair exercises.

Working and building good relationships with the scheme manager, tenants and other volunteers, tasks can include:

  • Helping to plan and organise social activities
  • Preparing the communal lounge for social activities
  • Serving food and refreshments
  • Socialising with tenants both individually and in groups.

Contact details can be found on the Volunteer Scotland 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.

OBJECTIVES

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

INSPECTOR SPECIFICATION


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.


Marie Curie Cancer Care seek Fundraisers and Fundraising Group Chair

Fundraising Group Chair – The Chairperson will play a key role in helping the charity meet the strategic objective of increasing income from community fundraising.  They will lead the Fundraising Group and ensure that it makes the most of all community fundraising opportunities in the area.  The Chairperson will act as an ambassador for Marie Curie Cancer Care and encourage all members of the group to do likewise.

Fundraising Group Member - Working closely with the rest of the group, Fundraising Group Members will actively engage in the organisation of collections and community events in the geographical area covered by the Fundraising Group, supporting the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer to ensure the group’s aims are met.


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


Barnardo’s

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


Tooled Up Recruiting Volunteers Now

West Lothian Youth Action Project has recently launched its ‘Tooled Up’ project. This is an exciting new practical workshop facility for young people to learn basic practical and life skills as well as budgeting and how to live independently.

The programmes will be flexible and can provide young people aged 14- 21yrs a stepping stone into formal training courses or college.

Do you have any free time and skills in any of the following?

Carpentry/Joinery, Painting & Decorating, Gardening, D.I.Y or any other related trades

Tooled up will give you the opportunity to pass on some of your knowledge, allowing young people to gain valuable employment skills and become active citizens in their communities.  No formal training or experience in youth work or teaching is required as support will be provided by youth work staff.

Funding for this project has been provided by Ethicon in the Community

Tooled Up, Unit 136, Eucal Business Centre, Craigshill Road, Livingston, EH54 5DT

Tel – 01506 461588  Email – office @ wlyap.org.uk


Children 1st West Lothian Pre Employability Service

Befriender/Mentor to provide support and mentoring to a  young person aged 16-19, to assist them to  address their identified barriers to moving on to a positive destination in employment, further learning/training or volunteering.


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


Fairtrade

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.


Tooled Up Recruiting Volunteers Now

West Lothian Youth Action Project has recently launched its ‘Tooled Up’ project. This is an exciting new practical workshop facility for young people to learn basic practical and life skills as well as budgeting and how to live independently.

The programmes will be flexible and can provide young people aged 14- 21yrs a stepping stone into formal training courses or college.

Do you have any free time and skills in any of the following?

Carpentry/Joinery, Painting & Decorating, Gardening, D.I.Y or any other related trades

Tooled up will give you the opportunity to pass on some of your knowledge, allowing young people to gain valuable employment skills and become active citizens in their communities.  No formal training or experience in youth work or teaching is required as support will be provided by youth work staff.

Funding for this project has been provided by Ethicon in the Community

Tooled Up, Unit 136, Eucal Business Centre, Craigshill Road, Livingston, EH54 5DT

Tel – 01506 461588  Email – office@wlyap.org.uk


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

FREE TRAINING FOR VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

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.

ANYONE WHO PASSED A DRIVING TEST BEFORE 1ST JANUARY 1997 WOULD AUTOMATICALLY HAVE THIS D1 QUALIFICATION.


Outreach Volunteer Project

Outreach volunteers deliver books, large print and talking books to people, mainly elderly, in West Lothian who are no longer able to visit their local library because of frailty, illness or disability. Volunteers are encouraged to spend a little time during their visit for a chat or perhaps a cup of tea since many people who receive this service have very few visitors and no family nearby. Visiting times can be flexible but take place during daylight hours. Volunteers are required to complete a disclosure form.

This service is free to West Lothian residents.  Outreach volunteers take books, talking books and talking books to people who are no longer able to visit their local library because of frailty, illness or disability.  Application forms are available from VSG (Tel. 01506 650111)


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


Breast Cancer Care


Volunteer in the Rest of the UK

England

http://www.do-it.org.uk

N Ireland

http://www.volunteering-ni.org/grants/vbi.asp

Wales

http://www.volunteering-wales.net


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!

http://www.goalltheway.to/newzealand/from_uk-ireland/

http://www.volunteering.org.uk/volunteer/overseas.htm

http://www.timebank.org.uk/givetime/overseas.htm

WORLDEXCHANGE

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.

http://www.worldexchange.org.uk/SCWE_home.html

BHAGAVAT EDUCATIONAL TRUST

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.

http://www.openworld.webs.com/

UNA Exchange

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

http://www.unaexchange.org/

InterVol

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.

http://www.intervol.org.uk/

NIDOS

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

http://www.nidos.org.uk/nidosmemlinks.asp

Challenges Worldwide

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

www.challengesworldwide.org

PLATFORM2

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

http://www.myplatform2.com/

Residential Volunteering

http://www.volunteerscotland.info/coming2scotland/links.htm




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