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Employer Supported Volunteering

Are you a Community Group or Organisation? Are you based in West Lothian? Do you require assistance with a project, activity or event? If the answer to these questions is 'YES' our employee volunteers may be able to help.

If you have an activity, event or project you would like us to assist with contact TBC

What Is Employer Supported Volunteering?

In 2009 the council adopted a policy called Employer Supported Volunteering. The policy enables staff at the council to volunteer, in the community, for up to two days every year. Employee volunteers can use the skills they have developed at work to help the communities of West Lothian.The policy also provides the employee volunteers with an opportunity to learn a new skill.

Who can volunteer?

Council employees.

The council supports employees who wish to do 'team challenge' volunteer work that is: 

  • relevant to its customers,
  • reflects the council's aims and objectives and,
  • acknowledges the experiences and expertise of services. 

What can they volunteer for?

Employee volunteer challenges must be of benefit to the community.

Since 2009 employee volunteers have been involved in a variety of challenges including

  • Interior painting and decorating at the Pit Stop in Addiewell, bowling clubs at Stoneyburn and Bathgate and at Middleton Hall care home in Uphall.
  • Exterior decorating including painting fences and planters at Stoneyburn Bowling Club and Braid House in Livingston.
  • Garden clean-ups and maintenance including planting and weeding and slab and path cleaning at Acredale House and Barnardos in Bathgate and Bloom House in Livingston.
  • Community clean-ups including an award winning clean-up at Eliburn Park in Livingston.
  • Building, filling and planting two large planters at Livingston Village. The planters were made from timber sourced from sustainable woodland at Beecriags in West Lothian.
We are also considering the following volunteering challenges:
  • Assisting pensioners groups to have their Christmas celebrations including lunches, parties and trips to the theatre and pantomime.
  • Assisting community associations including Girls Brigades and Scouts,
  • Helping with the development and maintenance of community gardens in Armadale and Livingston.

These are just examples, we will consider many more types of challenge.

Who can apply?

Are you a community group or organisation? Are you based in West Lothian? Do you require assistance with a project, activity or event? If the answer to these questions is 'YES' you can apply. Contact TBC