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West Lothian community groups receive much needed funding boost

Monday, 14 January 2013

Numerous community groups in West Lothian are starting the New Year on a high after being awarded vital funds from ARISE West Lothian.

ARISE – the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise – gives assistance to community activities that benefit West Lothian. Established in 2010, the initiative is backed by Land Securities, owners of The Centre, Livingston, who provide the funding pot given to worthy groups.

Organisations to benefit from the cash boost in this round of funding include Home Start West Lothian, Torphican and Bathgate Pipe Band, Lothian Disability Badminton Club, Blackburn United, the 50+ Network and Stoneyburn Women’s Health & Well Being Group.

Each group will use the money to purchase various types of equipment and material to help their organisation. This includes new rackets and shuttles for the Lothian Disability Badminton Club, sheepskin bags for members of the Torphican and Bathgate Pipe Band and a new printer for the 50+ Network.  

The Centre director James Bailey, who sits on the board of ARISE, said: “All six of these community organisations are carrying out vital work in West Lothian and the committee is thrilled to be able to support each of them.”

James has also encouraged more organisations and individuals in West Lothian to apply for financial support.

He said: “We have been inundated with requests from funding but if there are groups out there who want to receive some extra funding in 2013 they should get in touch for an application form.”

Groups such as amateur sports clubs, childcare initiatives and community organisations are all eligible to apply. Applications are selected based on the benefit it will bring to the local area.

ARISE has received praise from a group who benefited from a funding boost in 2012. Due to money from ARISE the West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network was able to purchase mobile phones and computer equipment such as laptops.

Manager, Carol Henry, said: “The newly purchased equipment has allowed the volunteers to assist the local communities and provide them with benefit advice, energy advice, and welfare assistance among many other valuable activities.

“I can’t thank ARISE West Lothian enough. The difference it’s made to the work our volunteers can carry out is phenomenal.”

For further details on ARISE West Lothian, including more information on joining the board or to request an application form, please contact Beattie Communications on 0844 842 5490 or email arise@onlybeattie.com


Press release issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of ARISE West Lothian.

Notes to editors:

  • ARISE West Lothian was established in 2010 by Land Securities, owners of The Centre, Livingston.
  • Awards of up to £1000 are available to voluntary or charity groups in the area.
  • Organisations must be based in West Lothian and serve those living in the council area.