Services Co-ordinator – Part time
West Lothian Women's Aid
(Fixed term until September 2021 for 30 hours per week at £24570 full time equivalent.)
West Lothian Women’s Aid (WLWA) is the sole charitable organisation in West Lothian working to provide information, support and accommodation to Women experiencing domestic abuse in the area. WLWA has been working to stop domestic abuse against women and children since 1980.
The Services Co-ordinator offers essential support to the team by taking responsibility for the day-to-day coordination and management of current services. These include a network of safe accommodation and the provision of a variety of additional information and support services.
The successful candidate will have at least 3 years’ experience working in a related field and will have completed or be willing to complete SVQ 4 Health and Social Services having already obtained a minimum of SVQ 3 Health and Social Services or equivalent.
Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday August 14th
Interviews are expected to take place Week Beginning August 26th, 2019.
West Lothian Council is hosting an information roadshow to promote Community Asset Transfer. Did you know that the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 allows for: • Community organisations to make requests to local authorities, Scottish Ministers and other public bodies, for the transfer of any land or buildings that they feel they could make better use of. • Significant new rights for community groups. • Asset transfer request can be made by a “Community Transfer Body” to a local authority or other “Relevant Authority”. • Community transfer body can ask to buy, lease, manage or use any land or buildings which belong to or are leased to the relevant authority. • No land or property assets are exempt from the provisions of the Act. To find out more on: West Lothian Council’s Community Asset Transfer Policy, Application Process, Support mechanisms and benefits of Asset Transfer please join officers from West Lothian Council at one of the following venues:
As part of the funding received from The People's Project, Kidzeco are now recruiting for a Finance Officer (16 hours) and a Play Worker (21 hours).
Finance Officer - 16 hours (£24k pro rata)
We are looking for someone to join our team who will be accountable for the overall high-quality financial management support to Kidzeco. Main duties will include processing of purchase and sales ledger, preparing payroll information, preparing monthly and quarterly reports and bank reconciliation.
This position is funded for one year with possible extension.
Play Worker - 21 hours (£18,200 pro rata)
Our newly opened Kidz n Kin community space offers a safe, welcoming environment for families with babies and young children with classes, soft play, imaginative play and café facilities.
We are recruiting a Play Worker to develop and deliver play activities through a range of free and structured play activities.
This position is funded for one year with possible extension.
Weekend Retail Keyholder/Supervisor - 16 hours (£14,200 - £18,500 pro rata)
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our retail team at The Centre Livingston. The post holder will be accountable for the opening/closing of the store and management of the shop and back areas including sales, standards, quality, stock control and customer service.
For full job description and to apply for any of the positions please email a cv and covering note to email@example.com.
I just feel a little bit more hope - Panda's story
This short animation (1 min, 42 sec) explores Panda's experience of participating in a Write to Recovery group and the positive impact on their mental health.
What is the Making Recovery Real approach?
Interested in co-production in action? This September SRN's You Tube channel will premiere a trailer about Making Recovery Real in Dundee which has significantly changed the dialogue about recovery, mental health and wellbeing in the area. Subscribe and join us online for the premiere https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyeca8K60CRbhfb-MkySjRQ
Scottish Recovery Network appoint Assistant Director
We are delighted to announce that Louise Christie has been appointed as SRN's new Assistant Director http://bit.ly/2Y0DSwv
Louise Christie: What Peer Means to Me
As part of our new series, Louise Christie, Assistant Director at SRN, tells us what peer means to her http://bit.ly/2XWAy5g
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The Kinship Care Advice Service for Scotland are running a family fun day at the Five sisters zoo on 13th August.
Apply for a grant worth up to £1000 to improve your Cyber Security
SCVO are working with the Scottish Government to help third sector organisations to improve their cyber resilience. A key step in improving cyber resilience is achieving Cyber Essentials accreditation. So we have been running a grants scheme to support organisations to achieve cyber essentials.Our fourth round of cyber grants is now open for applications. This fund is open to Scottish third sector organisations who wish to obtain Cyber Essentials or Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation. The deadline for applications is Friday 30 August at 5pm. Find out more and make an application to the fund.
What is Cyber Essentials and why should I have it?
The Cyber Essentials Scheme is a Government backed standard in cyber security enabling businesses to demonstrate that they have taken action to protect themselves against the most common cyber risks.
Scottish Government support for cyber resilienceThe Scottish Government has produced advice and guidance for third sector organisations as part of their Third Sector Action Plan. Through this plan, the Scottish Government aims to:
If you are interested in becoming more cyber resilient and want to discuss this with the SCVO Digital team, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Colliery Hub are looking for people who have an interest in sewing and craft and are willing to help share skills.
They currently run a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10.30am-3pm and Thursdays nights.
They are looking for people who can help for some of the hours or more days so they can help This is based in the colliery hub, Whitburn in Dickson terrace opposite Whitburn Recycling Centre.
Contact email@example.com or Irene Richie firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Here are some of the images captured on the day.
You can view the feedback from the event here!
Carers of West Lothian have recently chopped back all the bushes at the front of their office building and are looking for a volunteer gardener to provide them with advice on what to do next! Pictures of the team and volunteers transforming the garden can be found ohere: https://www.facebook.com/CarersofWestLothian/
Once they have advise, they plan to push ahead with phase two and have the front garden looking cheerful and welcoming for next spring, we just need a few bright ideas, helping hands and a good few sunny days. They hope the new garden area would encourage the service users to spend a little time volunteering and maybe attract some local flora and fauna 😊
We’re pleased to announce that The Robertson Trust’s new pilot micro grants programme, Wee Grants for Wee Groups, is now open for applications!
Constituted community groups and small registered charities with an annual income of £100K or less can apply for funding of £500-£2,000, to fully or part-fund work which fits with one of our funding strands. We intend to run the pilot for a period of six months, until 20th December 2019 and organisations can apply at any time, however, we anticipate that demand for funding will be high, in which case we may have to end the pilot early.
Full details of the programme, including application form and guidance, can be found on our website:
Know an older person who would appreciate a weekly home cooked meal and some company?
Meal Makers have Cooks looking for Diners in your area.If you know an older person (55+ years) who could benefit from a home cooked meal and some company once a week then please complete this short referral form. If you would prefer to refer on the phone please call Meal Makers on 0800 783 7770.
The Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government today announced a brand new benefit – the Scottish Child Payment – that will provide low income families with £10 a week for every eligible child.
Further details on the Scottish Child Payment are included in the news release which can be found here. The Scottish Government’s social security webpages also contain details of the new benefit. This includes a policy position paper which sets out the development of the Payment and anticipated policy impacts (available here), plus an analytical report which explores the wider policy options (available here).
Lothian Education and Recovery Network (LEARN) provides free mental health courses to anyone who works or lives in the NHS Lothian area.
The LEARN courses are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health issues and are based on what collective advocacy groups say is important to them. LEARN is a partnership between CAPS Advocacy, Lothian Recovery Network (LRN) and NHS Lothian.
Click Here to find out more.
‘Community Justice Scotland are carrying out a national strategic needs and strengths assessment. As part of this process they are attempting to mapnational community justice services across the Scottish justice process. This will be set alongside demographic data they are gathering on people currently experiencing the justice system and their needs. Community Justice Scotland would like to hear about services you are delivering which meet the following criteria :
· The service or intervention is designed to support desistence from offending; or
· The service is designed to support victims of crime, witnesses and/or the families of people with convictions; or
· The service is designed to provide a fast track into Universal service provision for people experiencing the justice system; and
· The service is available to every local authority area (although may not currently be delivered in every area).
The last criteria is important as this strategic needs and strengths assessment aims to reflect the national community justice service provision. In parallel, Community Justice Scotland will be offering support to local areas to produce local community justice strategic needs and strengths assessments to reflect the many bespoke local services being provided by the third sector.
If you are delivering a national service that meets the above criteria please contact Dawn Wheildon at email@example.com who would be grateful for your assistance in completing this important piece of work.”
Livingston Round Table Charity Soapbox race is on Sunday 18th of August. This promises to be a fantastic fun family day out for spectators and volunteers alike. We are expecting around 5,000 spectators on the day, and We are keen to secure Volunteer Marshals for the day.
Duties would be light i.e. collecting; crowd marshalling; parking; form checking and all volunteers would receive a briefing with written instructions for the day.
The event is fully endorsed by WLC and we have all our Public Entertainment Licencing applications submitted. The event is entirely volunteer fun and all profits from the event will go to Livingston Round Table.
All details of the event can found at www.LivingstonSoapboxRace.co.uk
The event was well attended – this included 35 different organisations, Council colleagues, Board members and the VSGWL team. We had 36 evaluation responses on the day.
All of those who completed the evaluation form learned about the new services offered by the VSGWL and that 78% felt that they have informed VSGWL of what support is needed for the sector over the next year.
We started the event with a networking lunch and 89% of people said they had an opportunity to network. Many of the comments we received highlighted how valuable the networking opportunity was and requested more time in future!
From the responses, 95% thought that the presentation and information provided on the services were relevant and that 92% were likely to use the information.
We had an activity to discuss the ways we can improve the Voluntary Organisations Budget for next year – 65% of people felt they had provided comments with 10% abstaining (possibly because they do not receive Council funding). The second part of the activity asked for people to provide comments on the wider strategy and vision for funding of the Third Sector.
Delegates welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the focus of the VSGWL over the next year and help shape the vision and strategy for the TSSG.
The venue for event was deemed suitable by 95% and 70% thought the catering was suitable.
Crucially, 98% of the responders felt that overall the event was worthwhile, and all think we should hold a similar event in the future.
We asked what were the two most useful things people got out of the event?
Mapping tool, data system, funding opportunity tool and the website
Contributing to Gateways knowledge of sectors needs
An opportunity to contribute, share ideas and use data previously collected
Found out where to get help with our Board
Learning more about VSGWL
Contributing to future strategy
Learning about the TSSG
Networking – meeting others in the sector and hearing about their services, opinions, and promoting my organisation and role
Direct engagement with CEO, and link with VSGWL staff
Quote “really enjoyed the event and look forward to future events”
Quote “VSGWL database development – invaluable”
Quote ”discussion across organisation on how to promote partnership working to meet needs of the community”
Quote “was a really good event”
We asked how could the event be improved? Here is a list of suggestions -
Label the food, and include veggie food
The (activity) questions need to be more focused – start with specific questions
List of attendees and organisations (by the door when you first come in)
Name badges to help with better networking
Agenda on the table
Agenda prior to the event – so have an idea about the activities
Not sending people to tables – missed others in the room
Have more regular events
More networking time
Attract more organisations from the sector
Do volunteer fairs on a regular basis
Thematic events throughout the community to engage with smaller organisations
Venue lacked cycle parking
The Scottish Ambulance Service are in the early stages of creating a mental health strategy to cover both staff and patients.
We need to know what people want from us. Right now, in a crisis situation people will call us, or NHS 24 and the police will call us. Our crews will help someone deal with the initial emergency, but then what? We cannot release our duty of care – it can only be transferred. So usually we take people to A&E or the police get involved. Neither is a great option for the person needing support. So we need to know what to do, and we are asking anyone with a vested interest to tell us what our response should be – pathways etc.
There is a semi-formal meeting planned on July 22nd to begin work.
If our project is of interest to you and you wish to feedback to us, please contact our Community Engagement Officer for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to share with you the news that OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) will be moving to new premises at the end of June.
Their new address will be Cyrenians OPAL, 27 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PG. They will be situated in the Bathgate precinct, next door to the WH Smith shop.
The OPAL office will be closed to all visitors from Monday 24th June – Wednesday 3rd July inclusive. Staff will be busy packing, moving, unpacking & setting up the office space, so it’s important they are able to do this without visitors in order to comply with Health & Safety.
If you are contacting them within the move period please be aware that there may be a delay in response due to IT equipment being moved and connected but will respond as soon as possible.
From Thursday 4th of July if you are out and about in Bathgate and would like to pop in and see their new offices then they would love to see you. The nearest car park will now be Acredale Car Park, Bathgate, EH48 1PN. It’s located behind Boots.
Family arguments and disagreements are normal but if left unresolved they can have a devastating impact on someone’s health, well-being and life chances.
Cyrenians’ Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution (SCCR) is a national resource supporting young people, families and those working with them to transform relationships and improve lives.
Our 2019 National Surveys has been designed to get input from young people, parents/carers and those working with families and we'd love to hear from you and know your ideas and insights. We appreciate that discussing family life is not always easy, but in completing this survey, you will be helping us develop resources to support your needs and those of families across Scotland.
SCCR National Surveys –
Please complete these 10 minute surveys by June 30th
If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, or would like to find out more just get in touch: email@example.com or 0131 475 2493.
In February 2019 the Scottish Government announced a new £50million for a Town Centre Fund for 2019/20. The funding is aimed at towns of 1,000 or more, which equates to 23 towns in West Lothian, resulting in an allocation of £1.826 million to West Lothian.
The Council Executive has agreed the allocation for each eligible town and this is detailed in the link https://coins.westlothian.gov.uk/coins/viewDoc.asp?c=e%97%9Dh%8Ep%7F%8D and the fund is now open for applications (form attached).
The purpose of the grant is to enable local authorities to stimulate and support placed based economic investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, creating footfall through local improvements and partnerships. Investment decisions should be made in the context of national and local commitments to town centres linked to the themes of the Town Centre Action Plan https://www.gov.scot/publications/town-centre-action-plan-scottish-government-response/. The grant is exclusively for capital projects that deliver against these themes which include:
Community Regeneration Officers and Town Centre Officers are your first point of contact (see application form) to discuss potential projects. Please contact them directly to let them know that you would like to be involved in any discussion.
Please note that deadlines are extremely tight and all funding must be utilised in 2019/20 so projects need to be either delivered or contracted by the end of March 2020. As such a deadline of 31 August 2019 has been set.
12.30 - 13.15pm Free networking lunch
13.15 – 15.30pm
2019 SURF Awards for Best Practice in Community Regeneration, which is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, are now open for applications.
The SURF Awards are widely recognised as the most prestigious in the field of Scottish community regeneration.
This year, there are five categories of entry. These include;
If you are involved in a project or know of projects who are worthy of recognition then please do make an entry this year.
The straightforward application materials are available on the SURF website at the following link: https://www.surf.scot/surf-awards/
Operating throughout West Lothian, Open Door Accommodation Project provides accommodation and support to homeless and vulnerable young people aged 16 – 25. A unique position has arisen within our Community Outreach Service.
Employability Officer Salary £24,234
All positions are subject to PVG Disclosure check. Full driving licence and use of own car essential.
For an application pack and further details on the above position please visit My Job Scotland
website or email firstname.lastname@example.org Informal enquiries please contact 01506 442334
Registered Charity No. SCO08533
Company No: 340356
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Thursday 20th June 2019 Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26th June 2019
We are delighted to announce that the new Scottish Government Families and Communities Fund will open for applications on Thursday the 6th of June at 9.30am and invite organisations to sign up for a place at an information session (dates below, sign up today!).
The fund will run from April 2020 to March 2023, with up to £16m being available per annum. The funding is targeted at registered Scottish charities (that are also a company limited by guarantee or a SCIO) which deliver work of national significance.
The Families and Communities Fund will support the delivery of activities which contribute to improved outcomes for children, young people and their families through:
And to support Community Learning and Development (CLD) through:
The full criteria for the fund along with guidance about the different aspects of it is available at https://www.corra.scot/grants/families-and-communities-fund/