Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union
Fauldhouse Collection Point
The Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union will be back in The Hub weekly from Friday 28 August (12noon until 1pm). At the moment, only one member of the public will be allowed into the building at a time to attend the Credit Union. Please ring the doorbell on arrival. People will be asked to queue outside and when someone comes out, it will be okay for the next person to go in. You will be asked to wear a face mask and sanitize your hands for everyone’s safety (sanitizer available in foyer) and will not be admitted to the building without.We also ask you please adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. Thanks for your co-operation and patience. The Hub staff will be available should you have any queries.
Members seeking loans or share withdrawals are asked to phone 01506 650198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 noon on Thursdays to enable the paperwork to be available at the collection point.
Whitburn Collection Point
The Whitburn collection will reopen on Tuesday 8 of September from 10.30 to 11.30am .
The Partnership Centre remains closed with the exception of medical appointments . West Lothian Council have no scheduled date for reopening the Partnership Centre but will review the situation , no date has been set for the review. The Credit Union apologises for the inconvenience this causes members.
Members can contact our staff who are continuing to work remotely to deal with enquiries, loans and withdrawal applications.
Members can use the following methods to pay into their accounts.
- Standing orders.
- Bank transfer, if they have internet banking.
- Through payroll deduction, if they are a West Lothian Council employee.
Members can check their savings and loan balances using our mobile app, available for free. Please give us a call for more information.
BSD Credit Union is now able to accept digital signatures for loan and withdrawal applications. Payments will be made by bank transfer to your bank account.
For further information on the above phone 01506 650 198 between 10am and 12noon, Monday to Saturday and 4 to 6pm on Thursdays, or email email@example.com
Firstport Funds Open
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Mental Health and Suicide – Awareness raising animations
NHS Health Scotland and NHS Education for Scotland (NES) jointly developed a series of animations. They highlight the range of communication skills that should be used including listening, questioning and responding to help someone who may be struggling with their mental health. They also provide information on how to get immediate help and support. The final animation also looks at how to look after our own mental health.
There are three animations in the series:
Ask, Tell, Every life matters https://vimeo.com/338176393
Ask, Tell, Have healthy conversation https://vimeo.com/338176444
Ask, Tell, Look after your mental health https://vimeo.com/338176495This animation explores the issue of suicide, including statistics and facts about suicide in Scotland. It helps learners understand the signs that people may be…
Scottish Welfare Fund
Scottish Government sees it as crucial that, alongside any food aid support which people may be receiving, everyone is accessing the money that they are entitled to, including the Scottish Welfare Fund where appropriate. Information on how to access the Scottish Welfare Fund in your local area is available here, along with information about national advice services:
KidzStart are still taking referrals for families struggling for any baby essentials and we will do their best to provide items free for them. KidzStart don’t have a large supply of prams and cots but do have moses baskets, baths, bottles, warmers, nappies etc and are happy to deliver to the families (in West Lothian).
Tel: 01506 815 534
West Lothian Citizens Advice Bureau
The CAB admin/advice line is up and running.
Contact details are: –
Advice, Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Phone: 01506 432 977
Text: 07712 305 764
West Lothian Foodbank
The impact of the advice and guidelines given by the government issued on 16th March on the working practices and demands on the service of West Lothian Foodbank are anticipated as requiring us to take the following actions:
Due to so many of our volunteers being over 70 or have underlying health conditions, we will have to close all distribution centres as of close of business on Friday 20th March.
The plan will be distribution centres open for business from Monday 26th March will be as follows: (This is subject to change & when someone is referred they will need to let us know which centre they will attend.
- Bathgate Advice Shop; open Mon-Fri 9am-5pmBroxburn; Tue, Thu 12.30pm-2.30pm (home deliveries only)
- Linlithgow; Tue, Fri 10.30am-12.30pm (home deliveries only)
- Livingston (Warehouse at Deans Ind. Est.); open for collections Mon-Fri 9.30am-11am
- West Calder; Wed 2.30pm-4.30pm (home deliveries only)
- Whitburn Foodbank Charity Shop; open for collections Mon, Wed, Fri 12noon-3pm
We currently have 150 partner referral agencies in West Lothian. In order to deal with the anticipated increase in demand & of people looking to access a foodbank, we will be pointing all our referral agencies to point potential clients to call Bathgate Advice Shop 01506 283000 or the Citizens Advice Bureau 01506 432977 to access a phone referral. Both services have access to all relevant information on potential service users to identify whether their request for food is authentic and a genuine crisis situation.
Ensuring Food Is Accessed By Those In Self-isolation
We would ask wherever possible that carers, or support workers, pick up food parcels from a distribution centre for a client who is in self-isolation.
For those who have no means of accessing a distribution centre, we will put in place a delivery team to deliver to people’s homes. In addition to our own van and two full-time warehouse staff, our warehouse manager would utilise his own van for deliveries. We also have volunteers from Linlithgow, West Calder and Broxburn who are willing to utilise their large cars and make deliveries in their area.
At this time we will not be issuing vouchers to any referral partners, we will only be taken phone referrals from the Advice Shop & Citizens Advice Bureau.
Carers of West Lothian
We are open!
We are still offering our service to carers, young carers and disabled adults just a bit differently during the current COVID-19 situation. Like many services, we are following government guidance and have closed our centre and are all working remotely. We are continuing to offer telephone and online support which is open to people already registered with us and also to any new referrals/self-referrals. We are open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm.
We can be contacted by:
Tel: 01506 448000 (calls will be diverted to a member of support staff)
We are also offering our groups virtually using zoom to help keep us and the people we support connected which is going to be vital over the coming weeks/months. Details of this can be found on our social media and website.
Our team will also now work from home on alternative weeks but this means that at all times there will be someone at Carers of West Lothian to answer calls, provide advice, signpost to other services around the area, and importantly to provide support to people over the telephone.
If you are working with anyone who is struggling to look after a loved one or who is a disabled adult please remind them how to get in contact with us. Our phones will be answered during our core hours (9 to 5 pm) and we will continue to post about support and latest news that impacts on carers or disabled adults, using our social media channels and through our website. If you have any questions please contact me at the number below. We will continue to work with you to support unpaid carers and disabled adults over the coming weeks, we might just be doing it in a slightly different and more innovative way.