Voluntary Sector Gateway is committed to providing a gateway into Volunteering for residents of West Lothian. We can help you find the ideal Volunteering opportunity to suit your requirements.
What is volunteering?
If you have ever helped at a youth or sports club, or taken part in a sponsored walk, then you have been a volunteer.A volunteer is someone who gives their time, free of charge, through a third party to help other people.
Without volunteers, many charitable organisations could not survive. They need people who are reliable, sympathetic to their aims and able to contribute in some way to their project.
For some young people, Volunteering is simply a way to make new friends. For others, it is a chance to learn something new and get a current reference for their job or further education applications.
The benefits of Volunteering Organisations gain the valuable skills, time, experience and energy of Volunteers.
Interested in volunteering?
Talk to us if you are unsure about what you want to do or whether voluntary work is right for you. We can assist with other issues which may affect your voluntary work such as disability, recent illness or lock of confidence. Voluntary Sector Gateway offers a personal, tailored service to individuals interested in volunteering and gives them access to a comprehensive and diverse range of opportunities across West Lothian.
Make an appointment with a member of staff. This does not oblige anyone to take up voluntary work but it can be a good way of sounding out what is involved and answering queries.
You can email our office at email@example.com or alternatively call us on 01506 650111.
Some Volunteers Need Extra Support
A person with additional support needs may have learning difficulties, a mental health illness, a physical disability or have sensory impairment or a combination of all.
The aim of Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian’s Supported Volunteers Project is Social Inclusion, by supporting the person to volunteer in a working environment for a few hours per week.
The choice of volunteer opportunity is left to the individual.
Voluntary Sector Gateway staff will facilitate the move into volunteering where appropriate.
The therapeutic Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteers can experience:
How Do I Begin?
Contact the Voluntary Sector Gateway and arrange a meeting with a member of staff to discuss your needs.
You will be offered a choice of volunteer options and assistance to meet and discuss your needs with the Voluntary Organisation of your choice.
A disclosure check will be required.
Contact Wendy Swan,
our Higher Support Needs Coordinator
01506 650 111
Days of work: Thursday & Friday