The Gateway supports people across West Lothian through a team of Community Link Volunteers giving an hour of their time a week offering companionship, social connection, emotional and practical support to older people in our community many of whom live alone.
Age Scotland’s Big Survey reported that 58% of over 50’s experienced loneliness most, or all of the time and also showed that the loneliest people have the poorest mental health, live alone or are in poor physical health.
A third also felt that their mental health had deteriorated over the past few years with 51% feeling that older people are not valued by society.
Our Community Link Service aims to make a positive impact on older people supporting them to maintain full and independent lives at home. Reducing social isolation, loneliness and empowering people to feel more connected, integrated and valued within their local community.
How can you help?
Our volunteers are asked to give an hour a week to visit someone in their own home or support them to get out and about locally at a time that suits you both.
- Enjoy a shared hobby or interest together such as going for a walk, crafting or photography.
- Join a local activity, club, or attend a community event.
- Help to attend appointment or run small errands.
- Have a cuppa and a chat, lending a friendly ear.
There are also benefits you will get from volunteering such as:
- Developing your skills and experience.
- Improving personal self-confidence.
- Making a positive impact within your community and on someone’s life.
- Meeting new friends through our volunteer social events and training.
Get in touch!
Come along to our drop-in session on Thursday 28 September from 11.00am to 1pm at our Bathgate office or join us virtually on Friday 29 September from 11.00am to find out how you can make a positive impact as a Community Link Volunteer!