Voluntary Opportunities in West Lothian

Organisation & Info

Contact Name



1271 (Bathgate) Air Cadets

1271 (Bathgate) Squadron Air Training Corps is a uniformed youth organisation for 13 - 20 year olds. We undertake a wide range of activities from sports, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, flying, adventure training, first aid, band and many more activities. The Squadron meets on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 7 pm until 9:30 pm.

Margaret Greer



01506 630784

07760 381622

Action Group

Jennifer Dow



ADC (Youth Involvement) West Lothian (South)

Tudor Westwood



Alzheimer’s Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland provides a wide range of specialist services for people with dementia and their carers. We offer personalized support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey. Within West  Lothian we  have volunteering opportunities  within 9 dementia cafes , Day opportunities club ( under 65 years ), Forget me not  project (befriending in care homes ) and an intergenerational project.  Visit our website http://www.alzscot.org/ 24 hour helpline 0808 808 3000

Cherie Raby

Dementia Advisor/ Community Worker


01506 533114 07786 406668

Bethany Christian Trust

Lynne Riddles



Blackburn, Seafield and District Credit Union




Boghall Drop-In Centre

The Centre serves as a base for agencies to work in partnership and provides a range of services to the Boghall community, which were previously unavailable. Working in partnership we are able to improve the lives of the community through helping people into work or training, offering courses/classes on cooking or healthy living and have groups for youths at night. 

Agnes Osbourne

Alison McAuliffe

Kelly Drummond





01506 283201

Braid House




Bridge Community Project

The Bridge Community Project seeks to provide practical and relational support to families and individuals in West Lothian. We currently offer a free face to face money advice service and we are in the process of launching of Counselling service. More details at our website www.bridgecommunityproject.org.uk 

Alan Davidson


01506 238980

Cancer Support Scotland

Cancer Support Scotland provides emotional and practical support on a one-to-one basis and through community-based groups to anyone affected by cancer including family, friends and carers. We offer free counselling and complementary therapies before, during and after treatment.  3 Counselling Services will be provided in 3 Macmillan Cancer Support Library drop in services and 1 Complementary Therapy service will be based in Carmondean Connected in Deans, Livingston.  Bathgate Partnership Centre Counselling Service runs on a Monday 10am-1pm and the Complimentary Therapy service will hopefully start late October 2016 on a Tuesday 12noon-3pm.

Claire Garton (Volunteer Services Coordinator)


0141 337 8199

07901 940 743

Capability Scotland

Janette Cameron



Carers of West Lothian







We are one of Scotland’s largest environmental charities – a thriving social enterprise with over 25 years’ experience in sustainability. We work with organisations, communities and individuals to deliver practical solutions that reduce carbon emissions, fuel poverty and waste.  Our volunteers have an important role in inspiring and enabling people to live more sustainably. We offer full training and support and hold the UK quality standard Investing in Volunteers.  To find out more about current volunteering opportunities to help tackle fuel poverty, reduce waste and cut carbon emissions go to: www.changeworks.org.uk/volunteering-opportunities

Read our blog about the benefits of volunteering http://www.changeworks.org.uk/news-and-events/blog/benefits-of-volunteering-whats-in-it-for-you

Jane Adams








0131 555 4010


Laura Campbell



Children First  Contact email not correct

Angela Pringle



Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)

Christina Cummings




Forrest Walk is a registered care home and day service, which provides residential, respite and day care for adults living in West Lothian.  We provide individualised support to people with a variety of needs, including: physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries, mental health difficulties and learning disabilities.  We take a person centred approach and recognise that people want different things from their support services, for example, an opportunity for both them and their carers to relax and recharge, or to engage in activities and access the local community.  We welcome the valuable input which  volunteers can make to our service provision, working alongside our own highly motivated and caring team.

Ann Egan


01506 857 873





Craigshill Good Neighbourhood Network

Craigshill Good Neighbour Network (CGNN) is a volunteer-led local charity passionate about providing practical help, social activities and volunteering opportunities. We run various weekly clubs, groups and workshops to suit all ages:  Arts & Crafts, Befriending, Community Gardening, Dancing, Digital Photography, Intergenerational Projects, Knit & Natter, Lunch Club, Men’s Activity Group, Recycling, Up-cycling, Singing for Health, Sewing Workshop and Walking Football.  

Jacqueline McKenna

Jane Groves         




01506 435851

Cyrenians OPAL Service

The OPAL, Older People, Active Lives service aims to maintain or increase older people’s independence and well-being across West Lothian. OPAL supports people typically aged 60 and above, who would like to increase their confidence, reduce isolation and connect with their local community. A team of dedicated volunteers can offer, a friendly telephone call, introduction to local groups or activities, one-to-one support to build confidence. OPAL also run some groups in the community which there is an opportunity to meet new people in a friendly setting.

Anyone in the team.


01506 815815

Deans Parish Church




Diabetes UK WL Voluntary Group

Marylin Borland



Disability West Lothian  contact email not correct?

Fiona McKeon



Dreams Come True

Claire Smith



Duke of Edinburgh

Gary Sneddon







Families Outside

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people affected by imprisonment.  We work to mitigate the effects of imprisonment on children and families – and consequently to reduce the likelihood of reoffending – through support and information for families and for the people who work with them.

Gael Cochrane



01506 874 500 ext 3914

Fauldhouse Community Development Trust

FCDT (The Hub) is an organisation set up by local residents who want to see the best for their village.

Visit our website:  www.fauldhouse.org.uk  or Facebook:  FauldhouseCDT

Lesley Dunsmore (Communications)

Sara Oliver (Admin)



01501 773699

Fauldhouse Timebank (at FCDT)

Timebanking at its most basic level is about spending an hour (or longer) doing something for somebody in your community.  That hour goes into the Timebank as a ‘time credit’.  You then have a ‘time credit’ to spend on having someone do something for you.  It’s a simple idea, but it has a powerful ripple effect on building community connections, feeling valued, helps with loneliness, depression and isolation.  If you would like to know more then please do drop into The Hub or contact us at:  timebank@fauldhouse.org.uk  or call on 01501 773699

Ann Holloway



01501 773699

Healthy Valleys




Homestart WL

Home-Start West Lothian is a Volunteer Befriending Service who support families with young children (under 5 yrs) in their own home.  Volunteers visit on a weekly basis and offer practical and emotional support for a period of 1 year.  We also have Family Groups that run once a month to offer extra support.

Carol-Anne Fordyce


01506 415755


Sharon Frederiksen


01506 815534

Kirknewton Community Development Trust

Kirknewton Community Development Trust promotes the development of services and facilities within the village. We also champion renewable energy, and are based within an eco friendly community centre called 'The Green Room'. We are currently looking for volunteers  mini bus drivers, youth work and various community events.

Jennifer Ba


01506 883988

Linlithgow Senior’s Computer Club

Ann Baird



Marie Curie

Teresa Rendall

Fiona Bushby





Poppy Scotland

S. Ward



Red Cross

Lesley Kerr



The River Forth Fisheries Trust

The River Forth Fisheries Trust are a conservation charity which aim to preserve, protect and enhance freshwater habitats for fish species. The area which the Trust works in includes all rivers which flow into the Forth Estuary or the Firth of Forth, this includes the Rivers Almond & Avon which flow through West Lothian.

The Trust has recently secured £1.65 Million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to deliver a project in West Lothian called RiverLife: Almond & Avon which in total is worth £6.7 Million. The project will focus on restoring and improving both the rivers Almond and Avon through large capital works to improve fish passage up the river Almond, improve the Bathgate Water and improve a number of greenways in Livingston which have rivers flowing through them. The project will also engage communities by providing volunteer opportunities to get involved with rivers and improve community knowledge about rivers. Training opportunities, interpretation, activities and events will take place over the next 4 years (2016-2020) delivered by staff working on RiverLife: Almond & Avon.   If you would like to take part in any events or get involved with the project, please get in touch.




Rock Trust - peer mentor project worker

Rock Trust - manager                         

Kirsten Muir





01506 591860

Team Jak




Teenage Cancer Trust

Audrey Murray



The Foodtrain

Food Train is a Scottish Charity which provides vital services to help older people live independently in West Lothian. These services include; shopping delivery service, a library outreach service and an extra service which undertakes small practical household task around the house. All our services are delivered by volunteers.

Lorna Farquhar


01506 413013

The Pitstop

As the community hub is in the ex-mining community of Addiewell, the Pitstop exists to improve the general wellbeing of the community, by providing training, community events and other opportunities.  We have volunteer positions in many areas, including: in the kitchen, cleaning, events, maintenance, and assisting with social isolation projects.

Stephanie Neilly


01501 763354

Victim Support




Volunteer Sector Gateway (VSG)

Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian has three core objectives: Capacity Building for the Voluntary Sector, Volunteer and Social Enterprise Development and is the interface between West Lothian’s Community Planning Partners and the Voluntary Sector in West Lothian.

The Gateway also provides information and advice on issues such as funding, governance, training, legal structure, start-up, staff and volunteer recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, networking and organises networking events and represents the Voluntary Sector at local and national forums.

The Gateway can be reached by Email – vsg@vsgwl.org – Telephone (01506) 650111 – or Fax (01506) 650222.

Jim McGregor


01506 650111

West Lothian College

West Lothian College work in close partnership with the West Lothian Volunteer Network to forge positive links within the local community for students by hosting volunteer fairs, hosting “The Volunteer Celebration”, establishing partnership projects, and the creation of our own “Student Association Volunteer Hub


Student Association Volunteer Hub

Organisations can advertise opportunities by providing posters, leaflets, hosting a promotional stand within the college, sending in a link to our webpage or sending in posts for our Facebook or Twitter pages.


College Volunteer Opportunities

West Lothian College would also love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer their time and skills either with or learners or within the college community.

Fiona Veitch – Volunteer Project Officer


Micole Robertson –

Student Association Development Officer

















01506 418181

West Lothian Council – Advice Shop

We offer a number of volunteering opportunities including:

IT Buddy – assisting local people to get online and use IT

Disability Benefits Volunteer – assisting customers to complete disability benefit claim forms

Communications Volunteer – assisting customers whose first language isn’t English to communicate with Advice Shop staff and prearranged appointments

Volunteer Buddy – supporting customers to attend disability benefit assessments.

Joanne MacKenzie


01506 282923

West Lothian Council – Macmillan

Macmillan@West Lothian offers information and support to anyone affected by cancer at our drop in services within West Lothian. Volunteers offer visitors a friendly face, time to listen and help to find information they need on living with cancer. They also assist service user with referrals to partner organisations or signpost to local services.

Rosie Bunce


01506 283053

West Lothian Credit Union

West Lothian Credit Union is a not for profit savings and loans financial co-operative that opened its doors for business in 1998. We have issued over £10m worth of loans and have savings of over £2.5m.  We have 4500 members. We have volunteer opportunities in Administration, Promotions & Social Media, Cashier(Tellers), Internal Audit and Board of Directors. Check our website www.westlothiancreditunion.co.uk or call 01506 436666 or visit us in our shop in the Livingston Centre opposite Primark. We are authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. FRN 213912. We are covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. 

John McClay (Manager)

Alison Melrose



01506 238353

West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network

Evelyn Ralston



West Lothian Foodbank

West Lothian foodbank provides a minimum of 3 days emergency food and support to local people experiencing crisis. During 2015 we provided 3,704 local people, which included 825 families, with emergency food.  In total, we supplied 47.755 tonnes of food.  We have 8 distribution centres across West Lothian.

All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as Council workers and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients then receive 3 days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. A simple box of food makes a big difference.  Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services such as debt counsellors or abuse counsellors.

Sandie (Volunteering)

Kathleen Neilly




West Lothian Young Carers Project

Wilma Philpot



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