West Lothian Council is inviting groups and organisations to submit bids for funding of up to £5000 as part of Blackburn Community Choices.
Blackburn Community Choices is a process that enables local communities to decide how public funding is spent. This will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of individuals and families in Blackburn and is a pilot project as part of the wider development of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in West Lothian.
We are inviting groups and organisations to come forward with innovative and interesting ideas and projects that aim to improve one of the following aspects of health and wellbeing in Blackburn:
Once projects have been verified to ensure they meet the criteria, they will be invited to showcase their project or idea through marketplace community event on Friday 27th March in Blackburn Partnership Centre. Members of the community will attend and visit all the projects then vote on which projects they think best meet the needs of Blackburn.
More information on Blackburn Community Choices can be accessed via our webpage, where you will find our guidance document which gives details on who can apply and the criteria for funding, and the application form.
Please circulate this email to any group or organisation you think would be interested in getting involved.
If you would like more information on Blackburn Community Choices, please email
or contact Graham Whitelaw (01506 281101) or Susan Gordon (01506 283090)
We draw to your attention the recent announcement of the Third Sector Homeless Fund which will provide £4.5m of funding to support the Third Sector to innovate and transform services they provide to people in line with the Scottish Government’s Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan which could be utilised to support any such services. We have provided a summary below and the link can be found here with more details and the application form: https://www.corra.scot/grants/third-sector-homelessness-fund/
The fund aims to:
Eligibility is open to Scottish Registered Charities who also have a “legal personality”
There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding that an organisation may apply for. As a broad guideline, the fund anticipates applications between £20,000 and £100,000 per annum for multi-year projects, and £20,000 to £75,000 for single year projects.
The Funding parameters include:
The Timeline is as follows:
Monday 27th January Programme launch and website open to applications
Monday 24th February Closing date for applications
25th February - 20th March Period for review and assessment of applications
w/c 23rd March Scottish Government announces funding decisions
For further information please contact:
Alistair Shaw - Service Development Officer
Tel: 01506 2981754
We are happy to speak with groups regarding any submission if that would be helpful. This is to ensure that any group considering a submission aligns to local need.
West Lothian Youth Action Project, in partnership with Almond Housing Association, is currently recruiting for a Project Co-ordinator to establish a brand new Community Growing Project in Livingston, West Lothian.
Funding has been secured through the Scottish Government Investing in Communities Fund to establish Growing Together: a Community Growing Project to support the Craigshill community to proactively tackle food poverty in a dignified and holistic way. There are four dimensions to this project: growing, cooking, eating and sharing food. The project, a partnership between Almond Housing Association and West Lothian Youth Action Project, are recruiting a co-ordinator to facilitate and develop a range of community based ‘plot to plate’ activities along with volunteering opportunities to support local residents’ interest in sourcing and growing food locally. We hope that the project will empower and inspire; supporting the community to understand the ways in which they can make the most effective use of available food resources.
We are currently seeking an experienced individual who is passionate about this type of work and keen to provide much needed support to those who access the service. We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic individual to join our team, with practical experience of community gardening or similar settings working outdoors. Self-motivated, empathetic, and with strong communication and training skills you will initially be employed until the end of June 2022.
Call 01506 431430 if you require further information or visit our website
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th February
Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 16th February 2020
Youth Action application Form
Book your place through Eventbrite HERE
This course provides participants with the information, confidence and tools to support their client group to put healthy eating and physical activity recommendations into practice to improve health and wellbeing.
Where & When
Tue, 17 March 2020: 09:30 – 16:30
Seminar Room 1
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Participants will have the opportunity to:
This course is provided free of charge by NHS Lothian Health Promotion Service
Foundation Scotland would like to draw attention to three sources of funding that are available from our Baillie Gifford awards programmes. We would greatly appreciate it if you could forward on to any groups and organisations that you feel might benefit from these.
Spaces are now available for the Food with Dignity conference on 12th March, book online to secure your place.
Rock Trust are looking for a volunteer to provide 4 - 12 hours per week (availability can be flexible) to help with minor repairs in residential properties, such as general maintenance including painting, basic plumbing and electrical tasks.
There may be opportunities to take part in a training course for young people sharing skills and experience with them but this will be mostly done on a 1:1 basis.
For more information please go to the following link -
There will be Child Protection Awareness Raising on Wednesday 19th February in Space 3 Howden Park Centre from 9.15 – 1.00. This course is suitable for new staff who work with children and families; those staff who work with other client groups but need to be aware of CP issues and staff needing a refresher in CP awareness (priority is given to those staff who have never had CP training).
The Child Protection Committee charges £50 if a member of staff fails to turn up for the training. Staff should be available to attend for the whole course before applying.
Staff interested in attending should email Michelle.email@example.com by
TUESDAY 11TH FEBRUARY. Staff will be notified if they have a place or not
Following from our AGM event and discussions with our members and partners, we are planning an event specifically looking at climate change and environmental sustainability.
We are holding a meeting on the 4th March at 10.00 to discuss the best way forward including the option of developing a forum.
Please let us know if you are interested in coming along by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and also if you have any agenda items you want included by the 21st Feb.
We will confirm venue and send out an agenda nearer the time.
Kidzeco are currently recruiting for a:
Retail Assistant (age 16-29)
28hr per week
1 year contract
There is certain criteria the young person needs to fulfil to apply but this is all on the link.
Generations Working Together is excited to launch the programme for their National Intergenerational Conference on Wednesday 4th March 2020 in the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The conference will be open to anyone who is interested in creating intergenerational communities, by means of connecting and building relationships between different generations with a specific focus on older and younger people. Further details can be found at:
International Certificate in Intergenerational Learning (7 week online training course) (ICIL)
In partnership with the University of Granada-Enterprise General Foundation, Generations Working Together (GWT) is delighted to be able to offer another opportunity to participate on this accredited on-line course. The course starts on Tuesday 28th April and runs till Monday 15th June 2020.
The course is aimed at anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of intergenerational work, its purpose, impact and practical application to enable them to apply this within their own work.
Polbeth Community Hub SCIO are currently recruiting for a Community Development Worker. This is a part time role at 30 hours per week, and salary £25,000 pro rata. The closing date is closing 4th February.
For more information, and to apply please go to:
Last week for early bird rates - deafscotland Annual Conference: ‘Connect and Capitalise - Right Design for Communication' - Tuesday 17 March 2020
It’s the last week for early bird rates for the Deafscotland Annual Conference ‘Connect and Capitalise – Right Design for Communication’. It’s on Tuesday 17 March 2020 in Glasgow at DoubleTree By Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central.
Their vision is: Right design for communication, making the most out of capacity building, resilience development and community cohesion towards Communication For All. #CommunicationForAll #BSLForAll #ConnectUsToo
They have three fantastic keynote speakers on the day. They also have a variety of workshops for you to attend. On the day, their market place will have 30 different exhibitors.
Conference rates for members – different categories from £68.00 and non-members £92.00 (excluding Eventbrite admin fee).
For tickets and more information on our conference, please click the link below:
They do have some sponsorship packages available for the conference. They also have very limited market stall spaces available. Please get in touch at: email@example.com.
Early bird rates finishes on Friday 31 January 2020, before the price increases to standard rates – members – different categories from £98.00 and non-members £122.00 (excluding Eventbrite admin fee).
Please find below attached a two page Flyer advertising details of a Mental Health First Aid Armed Forces Community course that will be delivered in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, on Wed 18th & Thu 19th March 2020.
This particular course is being delivered on behalf of Poppyscotland with grant funding assistance from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Veterans Fund. As such, the course will be free of charge for those attending although, because of the specific funding criteria attached to this particular course, places will be allocated to those supporting veterans in Scotland such as SSAFA and RAFA caseworkers, Legion Scotland volunteer befrienders, the staff/volunteers of military charities, Service & Regimental Associations and veterans clubs and groups etc.
As shown on the Flyer, applications for places on the course should be made directly to Jenna McCormick at Poppyscotland via the contact details provided.
West Lothian Council are currently developing the Childrens Services Plan (CSP) for 2020 - 2023, unfortunately the usual tight timescale. Council Officers are very keen to ensure that views and areas of good practice from the 3rd sector are embedded in the plan.
You are invited to attend a meeting on Monday 3rd February 2-4pm, (Venue TBC). The aim of the meeting is to hold a constructive, practical, facilitated workshop where forum members can gain further information from Council staff on the CSP process and then actively contribute to the development of the plan.
This is a good opportunity to fully engage in the construction of a strategic plan in partnership with the Council, despite the tight timescale, and all of our busy workloads, it would be great to see a good attendance at this meeting.
If you are interested and would like to attend, please contact:
Youth Action Project
Home-Start West Lothian have;
1 x 2 seater settee
6 x office chairs - fixed base
3 x revolving office chairs
Available to anyone who wants them, collection only! Contact Home-Start West Lothian on
West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network have put together severe weather boxes to provide initial support during adverse conditions. For more information on the scheme or where the boxes can be accessed, contact West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 01501 643888.
Please download the document below for more details.