KILTWALK 2019

WLDAS has re-registered the charity for the Edinburgh Kiltwalk, set for the 15 September 2019.

The Kiltwalk is an excellent way to help raise funds whilst having an enjoyable day out.   By registering to walk for WLDAS we will receive 140% of any donations raised!   Last year WLDAS Walkers collected £3,458 and we would love to beat that this year.

There are three walking options:

The Wee Wander 5 Miles Adult £12.80

Child £6.50 (5-15years)

Child £0 (under 5)

The Big Stroll 15.5 Miles £31.69 (must be over 10 years old)
The Mighty Stride 24 Miles £31.69 (must be over 13 years old)

To register for the Kiltwalk please follow the link:   https://registration.everydayhero.com/ps/event/TheEdinburghKiltwalk2019

When you click to register you will be asked for data such as name, date of birth and emergency contact details.   Where the selection box is for raising funds for Kiltwalk or ‘Choose your charity’, choose the latter and type in West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service (we should appear after the first couple of words).

Where it gives the option to create or join team, select join (this will allow us to keep a running total of everyone involved and fundraising amounts) and search for WLDAS Walkers.

If you can commit to raising a minimum of £60 for the charity WLDAS will cover the cost of the entrance fee (if required).  Please email kiltwalk@wldas.org to advise that you are happy to commit to this and a code will be provided to use during the registration process.  Please also advise which walk you are planning to participate in.

WLDAS will provide printed t-shirts for the walk.   After registering please contact kiltwalk@wldas.org with your t-shirt size so this can be ordered in plenty of time.

WLDAS staff have undertaken the walk for 2 years (in beautiful sunshine and torrential rain) and both events have been enjoyable to be involved in.   Prams,buggies and dogs etc are also welcome along.

Don’t fancy walking but still want to help?

Kiltwalk needs a number of volunteers to help out across the route on the day.    By registering as a volunteer (Kiltie) (and putting that you wish to raise funds for WLDAS) you will raise £1.40 for every hour worked for the charity.    There are a range of roles including back markers, control room, drivers, info points, lead bikes and pitstop helpers. (https://www.thekiltwalk.co.uk/volunteer/roles/)

To register as a Kiltie volunteer:

https://app.betterimpact.com/Application/?OrganizationGuid=a18e5fda-04c8-4ff1-b1a4-81668fb30278&ApplicationFormNumber=1

Pit Stop Partners

WLDAS is able to have a table along the route to help hand out refreshments etc.   If you are available to help man a stand then please let us know as soon as possible so we can register for a place – this would allow us to promote the charity through banners etc and chatting to more walkers.

Top 5 online fundraising tips

Set up your page early

It’s a proven fact that the earlier you set up your fundraising page the more money you raise.

Set a target

It gives you and your supporters something to aim for, and again, you are likely to raise more.  You can always increase it once you’ve hit it!

Personalise your page

If people know why you’re taking on the challenge they are more likely to sponsor you – so use your fundraising page and emails to let them know about your chosen charity, why you’ve chosen to fundraise for it and what it means to you.

Use social media

We know from what our fundraisers tell us that promoting their fundraising page on Facebook and Twitter made a big difference to their donations.  Ask your friends to share when they’ve donated, and spread the word.

Download a fundraising app

Sounds simple and it is! This not only helps you keep track of your fundraising, it also allows you to get donations while you’re on the move.

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WLDAS organises and takes part in a variety of projects throughout the year in schools, community centres and prisons in West Lothian.

If you are a partner agency and would like WLDAS to join your event, please do get in touch with information relating to your event.

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West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service presents their 1st Annual Seminar

“Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs  – National Policy”

This event was held on 27th of November.  A copy of the powerpoint presentations by each of the speakers is available here. There is also a link to our short feedback survey.  If you attended the event we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to provide feedback on our event, and opinions about possible future events.

Seminar downloads and feedback

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More information about the Annual Seminar (please note – this event has now passed)…

Panel members:  John Watson, Director of Policy and Engagement, ASH ScotlandBarbara O’Donnell, deputy Chief Executive,  Alcohol Focus Scotland; and Dave Liddell, Chief Executive, Scottish Drugs Forum.

Chair: Brian Pringle, General Manager WLDAS

After an introduction to some of our work at WLDAS from Brian Pringle, our panel members will highlight what they see as the main policy areas and activities at a national level and the implications of these at a local level.  This will be followed by a question and answer session and the event will end with round table discussions on the key areas raised by the panel.

Refreshments and a light snack will be provided and there will be a coffee break to give people a chance to network and meet some of our staff and service users.

This is event is FREE.  To book a place email Janette Kerr on  janette.kerr@wldas.org or call 01506 430225 by Wednesday, 19th November. 

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