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Funding available for training

If you are thinking of doing an education or training course to boost your skills, you could be eligible for funding from the Burnhead Moss Education and Training Fund if you live in Blackridge and are aged over 16.

The course can be long term (a year or more) or shorter (one day or even less) or taught over a period of weeks or months. The grant can be used to help with costs such as course fees, travel and subsistence, study equipment or childcare.

An outreach worker for  the Burnhead Moss Education and Training Fund will be available at the Craig Inn, Blackridge, from 10am - 12noon on Monday mornings.

Players wanted for Armadale Blacks

Armadale Blacks 2005 are looking for a few extra players to add to their existing squad.

The team will be playing in the under 14s West Lothian Youth League in the season ahead, with games played on a Saturday morning.

The squad train two evenings per week, Mondays and Wednesdays, at Armadale academy 

Parents or carers of youngsters interested in playing for the team should contact Suzanne McGuire on 07725 481 973 or email Armadale Blacks

Free computer courses

A free programme of computer classes and workshops will be run from the end of January, providing support for beginner to certificated level.

The courses are ideal for: employability, multimedia, smartphones and tablets.

If you wish to book a course, get in touch Derek on 01506 283931/01501678893

Volunteers wanted to help with I Bike project

Sustrans (Scotland) is looking for volunteers to help promote cycling and walking with children and young people in Armadale schools, as part of its I Bike project.

I Bike is a newly-established project, promoting cycling, scooting and walking to school, and for everyday journeys in leisure time.  It is run by Sustrans, in partnership with the council. 

I Bike volunteers support the I Bike officer and school staff to deliver I Bike activities, including learn-to -ride sessions, led rides or led walks, Dr Bike sessions, puncture repair workshops or classroom based activities.

Volunteers help to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and walking and can help support the sustainability of cycling activities within schools. 

For fuller information, email Sustrans I Bike project or call/text  07748 700 385.

Contact the Elderly looking for volunteers

A group which helps bring cheer to older people is looking for more local volunteers.

Contact the Elderly recently launched its fourth West Lothian group in Armadale. 

The first gathering of the Armadale group took place at the home of volunteer hosts Craig and Vanessa Campbell.

The group is still appealing for more guests and volunteer drivers. Guests are collected by a driver who accompanies them to a tea party in a host's home. Hosts welcome groups of between six and 10 people once or twice a year.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about becoming a volunteer or become a guest of Contact the Elderly's locally, please contact Contact the Elderly or phone 01786 235034.

Dementia café

Memory Cave Café, Armadale is a meeting place where people who have any form of dementia,  and their carers, can come to meet others in a similar situation for support and social contact, a cup of tea or coffee and home baking.

Carers on their own are also welcome, as are people with dementia who are able to make their own way there.

Come along for the whole session, or you are welcome to just drop in for as long as you like. The café runs on the third Friday of every month from 10am - 12noon at Armadale Community Centre, North Street.