Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian

Charity registered in Scotland SC027612

The Gateway has three core objectives: Capacity Building for the Voluntary Sector, Volunteer Development 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
Co-ordinates volunteering projects that support West Lothian’s communities
Provides information and advice on issues such as: funding, governance, training, legal structure, start-up, staff and volunteer recruitment, monitoring and evaluation, and networking.
Delivers a variety of learning and skills development courses
Organises networking events and represents the Voluntary Sector at local and national forums

Mission Statement
To be a leading edge organisation with the capability, capacity and confidence to shape the future of a strong and thriving Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, enhancing the quality of life for the people of West Lothian

Current opportunity

VSGWL volunteers have a valuable role in the community supporting people to maintain a full and independent life at home whilst they are waiting for their package of care and statutory needs to be met. Through volunteering with VSGWL you will provide one to one support to an individual(s), offering friendship, support and social interactions which positively impact on their health and wellbeing.  - Support engagement in social activities such as going for a walk, attending group activities and sharing interests or hobbies. - Helping to access and use technology (i.e. Zoom and What’s App). - Accompanying shopping and running errands such as collecting parcels, prescriptions and going to the Post Office. - Assistance to attend medical and non-medical appointments. - Building confidence and support to use public transport. - Helping to heat up prepared or processed meals and/or hot drinks. - Signposting to additional help available from partner organisations via Volunteer Manager.