The West Lothian Foodbank was started by Whitburn Pentecostal Church in November 2012 with a handful of volunteers and served 20 clients from one combined storage point and distribution centre. Seven years later the foodbank has provided over 274,851 meals to 30,539 people in West Lothian. We have eleven distribution centres throughout West Lothian, a charity shop in Whitburn and a warehouse and offices in Livingston. The charity is manned by 250 volunteers, 4 full-time staff and two part-time staff. We work alongside 150 partner referral agencies such as schools, charities, churches, the police and local authority agencies.
For the past seven years, we have provided three days of emergency food to people in crisis who have been referred to us by our partners. This has been a vital service to people in great need. Our aim in the years ahead is to expand our service to include initiatives designed to help people out of poverty. Currently, 23% of people in West Lothian are living in poverty and the demand for our service is increasing year on year. This needs to change and we are committed to bringing that number down by helping people to avoid the need to use a foodbank.
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This service is very much geared towards preventing young people entering the formal homeless system and staying unsuitable temporary bed and breakfast or adult hostel accommodation, where they may be at risk of abuse. It seeks to provide a bit of time out for the young person and their family or carers, so that support can be put in place to help prevent any breakdown in their current accommodation arrangements, and to identify and secure longer term accommodation most appropriate to the young person.
We provide full training for our hosts and a 24 hour telephone number, and our young people are vetted by Rock Trust staff to ensure they are suitable for our Nightstop service.
Nightstop West Lothian is part of a national network of schemes and is affiliated to Deapaul Nightstop UK. There are over 30 Nightstop services around the UK, and 3 in Scotland, including West Lothian.