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You can use Community News to tell people in your local community and throughout West Lothian what is happening in your area and publicise your events and initiatives.

We have dedicated pages for your council ward so you will be able to find out what is happening locally. If you have any news, just email media@westlothian.gov.uk or phone 01506 282001. We can also accept pictures, although you must guarantee that you have permission from anyone who appears in the picture that it can be published online. The content of the Community News page is subject to copyright and should not be copied without

Carer's Allowance Supplement payment

The third round of Carer's Allowance Supplement payments from the Scottish Government will be paid by Social Security Scotland on 24 June 2019.  

Carers will receive letters from Social Security Scotland between 20th June 2019 and 21st June 2019 to confirm details of their payment.  This payment of £226.20 will be for carers who were getting paid Carer's Allowance from the DWP from and including  Monday 15 April 2019.  This payment round will also include payments for people who were receiving Carer's Allowance from the DWP on Monday 16 April 2018 and Monday 15 October 2018 who did not receive their payments in last year's payment rounds for various reasons.  The next qualifying date for this year will be from and including Monday 14 October 2019 and payments will be made in December. If people qualify for both payments, they will receive a total of £452.40 in 2019.  If you would like to find out more about this you can contact the Advice Shop on 01506 283000.

 

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West Lothian Armed Forces Day

West Lothian Armed Foces Day is on Sunday 30 June from 1 pm - 4 pm.  Free fun packed event for all the family. 

Come along and show your support from the men and women of our Armed Forces past, present and future.

 

National Autistic Society

The NASplus project will be operating over the summer until the end of August. The project supports Autistic people (aged 16+) in West Lothian with a variety of skills including independent travel skills, social skills, social groups and general advice about autism. If you would like more information on the project and the support available please contact Brian Glendinning on 07435786016 or nasplus@nas.org.uk

Volunteers wanted for OPAL (Older People, Active Lives) Service

The OPAL Service is looking to recruit volunteer befrienders.

Befrienders support people 60 and over by face to face or telephone befriending.  The service covers the whole of West Lothian.

For more information on our volunteering opportunities please call 01506 815 815 or email opal@cyrenians.scot

 

All stars cricket

Livingston Cricket Club has launched All Stars Cricket for boys and girls from five - eight-years-old with eight weeks of non-stop fun.

The activity and game-based programme is suitable for all skill levels, providing youngsters with the foundations to begin a lifelong love of physical activity and cricket, while making friends in a safe and enjoyable environment.

The 8-week programme will run at Livingston Cricket Club from Sunday 12 May to Sunday 30 June between 10am - 1pm.

The cost is £40 per child and every child that registers will receive a backpack full of goodies including a cricket bat, ball, activity book, personalised shirt and cap all sent straight to their door. 

To book, click on the link: All Stars Cricket

Ageing Well walking groups

Ageing Well walking groups, for over 50s, set off from locations all over West Lothian every week.

A new group will be starting in Winchburgh from Thursday 25 April.

Towns and villages and times are listed below. Locations can vary on a weekly basis. 

For fuller details, contact 01506 237953 or 07768 090 008.

  • Monday 10am - 11am Bathgate 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Armadale 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Craigshill 
  • Tuesday 10am - 11am Whitburn 
  • Wednesday 10am - 11am Linlithgow 
  • Thursday 10am - 11am Winchburgh 
  • Friday 1pm - 2pm Xcite Livingston 

Junior parkrun

The Craigswood junior parkrun takes place every Sunday from 9.30am at Xcite, Craigswood.

It's a 2k run (jog or walk) for children aged from 4-14 years,

The parkrun is open to all, free, and safe. The course is marshalled so that juniors will be in sight of at least one marshal at all times. 

Runners should register via the parkrun web site Parkrun registration

Parents and older juniors are welcome to sign up as volunteers and join in with the fun by contacting Parkrun

See the video below:

Former pupils erect memorial plaque in memory of late headmaster

Former pupils at Craigshill High School have raised funds to purchase and erect a plaque in memory of the school's first headmaster, Sandy Pirie MBE.

Recently, ex-pupils held a 50th anniversary reunion.

One of the organisers, Jackie Potter, said: "Thankyou to everybody who attended the 50th anniversary reunion and who helped us make it possible to get a memorial in place to honour Mr Pirie for all that he did, not just for the pupils of Craigshill High but for the wider community in the 50 plus years he stayed in Livingston."

The plaque is now sited in the foyer of the Craigwillow Centre, which is the school's old gym hall.

 

Online resource for mental health and wellbeing information

Westspace is an online source of mental health and wellbeing information for people in West Lothian. 

On the website Westspace you will find: 

  • A directory of local services, groups and support
  • Factsheets and guides 
  • Self-help materials 
  • Local events 

You can also access information about Westspace on the Facebook and Twitter accounts below:

Westspace aims to: 

  • Signpost people to appropriate mental health and wellbeing services in West Lothian
  • Enable people to make informed choices in their treatment and care
  • Inform people of factors influencing positive mental health and wellbeing
  • Enable people to access services and information which may be of benefit to them or someone they support

Westspace content is provided by 'expert authors' including service providers; mental health professionals; carers; and service users.  Content is monitored and approved by the Westspace Team and the Advisory Group.  

The website provides local information on befriending, counselling, complimentary therapies, social groups, self help and support for families and more. 

 

Cyrenians looking for retired volunteers

Cyrenians OPAL run activity and social groups for older people in the West Lothian area.

They are looking for people who have recently retired to volunteer with them, helping out at the groups.

If you can spare a few hours a week, the Cyrenians would love to hear from you.

Phone 01506 815815 or email Cyrenians

 

Play netball with the Linlithgow Flyers

You can get your 2019 off to a great start by joining the ladies of Linlithgow Flyers Netball Club for some fun, recreational netball sessions.

The club meets at Xcite Linlithgow from 8pm - 9pm on Tuesdays and 6.30pm - 8pm on Wednesdays.

All levels of experience are welcome including complete beginners.

Fuller information is available from the club's Facebook page at the following link:  Linlithgow Flyers

Health walk

The Livingston Health Walk takes place every Wednesday from 7pm, with setting-off locations changing on a monthly basis.

Everyone is welcome.

If you're thinking about coming along, the group will be happy to see you. All fitness levels are welcome.

Fuller information is available from the group's Facebook page at the following link: Livingston Health Walk

Step back in time at the Reminiscence Centre

If you're looking for something to do during the school holidays that's ideal for the whole family, pop into the Reminiscence Centre at The Centre, Livingston.

It's a real trip down memory lane, with all sorts of reminders of the way things were at home and in the community.

The Reminiscence Centre is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am - 3pm.

Everyone is welcome to come in and have a look round.

Visits can also be arranged for local groups, and reminiscence sessions can be provided for care facilities.

Check out our video below for a little look at what the Reminiscence Centre has to offer.

Macmillan @ West Lothian

Sometimes you might just need someone to talk to. Macmillan drop in service provides a safe and welcoming space for you to talk about how you are feeling and any worries you might have.

Macmillan @ West Lothian can help you find all the right services in your local area. These include access to

  • benefits advice
  • free counselling
  • links to other relevant local organisations
  • practical issues including travel

Visit Macmillan drop in services at:-

Bathgate Partnership Centre

  • Monday 10am - 1pm
  • Thursday 1pm - 3pm

Blackburn Partnership Centre

  • Monday 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Strathbrock Partnership Centre

  • Wednesday 1pm - 3pm
  • Friday 10am - 12:30pm

Carmondean Connected    

  • Wednesday 11am - 1pm
  • Thursday 10am - 12pm

Fauldhouse Partnership Centre

  • Tuesday 10am - 12pm

There is no need to make an appointment just drop in

This is a free service for anyone affected by cancer their family or carers. For more information contact 01506 283053 or email Macmillan West Lothian

Help offered to families affected by suicide

The charity Neil's Hugs Foundation offers help, understanding and support to families and friends in West Lothian affected by suicide.

The objective of the charity is to assist people in West Lothian, surrounding areas and eventually all over Scotland who are affected by the attempted or completed suicide of a family member or friend.
Its aims are:

  • To support family members or friends who are struggling to cope with the attempted or completed suicide of someone they care about
  • To raise awareness of the issue of suicide
  • To reduce the stigma attached to suicide
  • To provide a safe space to talk about love ones
  • To improve mental health of people affected by the loss of a loved one or friend
  • To reduce suicide rates by sign posting people to organisations which can help support their loved one or friend

To get in touch with Neil's Hugs Foundation, phone Donna on 07446 717 501, email Neil's Hugs Foundation or visit the website: Neil's Hugs Foundation website

Livingston Parkrun

Livingston Parkrun takes place from 9.30am every Saturday, setting off from outside the west end of the Civic Centre.

The parkrun follows a 5k route that you can follow at your own pace. All runners, joggers and walkers are welcome.

Children U11 years will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

It's free to take part, but runners require to register before their first run.

Full information is available from:  Livingston Parkrun website

You can also view a short video at: Livingston Parkrun video