We are taking part in the Kiltwalk 2019, a great day out and a great way to raise much needed awareness and support for WLDAS. Please visit our Events page for details – https://www.wldas.com/events/
Livingston choir raises much needed funds for West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service
Members of the Livingston Sing in the City choir were delighted to present a £150 cheque at their recent rehearsal to West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service (WLDAS).
The money was raised when 200 members from Sing in the City choirs got together to sing at Cramond Shore on Saturday 18 May. The charity was one of three voted for by all Sing in the City members.
Brian Pringle, General Manager from WLDAS received the cheque from Sing in the City Chief, Kirsty Baird.
Brian Pringle comments: “I was thrilled to attend the choir rehearsal to collect the cheque on behalf of West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Services. We are so grateful and the funds will make such a huge difference to what we do. It was a bonus to be serenaded by the choir with a really moving rendition of Something Inside So Strong. They obviously love what they do and have a lot of fun doing it.”
After the rehearsal Brian was told that the £150 donation was to be doubled using the Sing in the City Dreampot which is a community account.
Kirsty Baird said:
“To date Sing in the City has raised more than £110k and donated to a range of charities. The money is collected at shows, busks, bake sales, from individual choir member donations and donations from Sing in the City business itself.
“The Dreampot has built up over the years and enables us to make additional donations when we see the need for a bit of extra support.
“We were so inspired by Brian’s words and gratitude that we used the choir’s Dreampot to match the funds raised and donate an additional £150. The Dreampot was set up to help and support community initiatives and charitable causes that might not have as much access to funding. Helping them is what Sing in the City is all about.”
Sing in the City runs two choirs in Livingston. A daytime choir on Tuesdays in Livingston United Parish Church and an evening choir on Wednesdays at the Murieston Scout Hall.
For more information about Sing in the City choirs visit www.singinthecity.com
Breakaway Recovery Clinics (Drop-ins)
The Thursday evening drop-in clinic is now held at the Civic Centre, Howden, instead of OPD6 at St John’s Hospital. It is still from 5.30pm – 7.30pm. The full list of drop-in clinics can be found here: Events
WLDAS staff enjoyed taking part in the Edinburgh Kiltwalk in September 2017 to raise awareness of the charity and funds. Donations are still coming in via our everydayhero fundraising page but we look to have raised over £2000! We hope to return next year with some staff tackling the 26 mile walk. If you wish to participate (either through walking, donating or as a Kiltwalk volunteer) and help to raise funds for us please contact the office for further information.
Funding From Awards For All Scotland
WLDAS were successful if their bid for a grant from Awards for All to deliver 4 blocks of cooking groups for up to 7 people – providing structure and routine to promote recovery and discourage unhealthy choices and the risk of reliance on food banks.
We welcome a new member to our Board – Vicky Wan.
Vicky is currently working for the National Third Sector GIRFEC (Getting It Right For Every Child) Project. Part of her role involves highlighting the positive impact voluntary organisations have made to the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Prior to this, she worked for Voluntary Action Scotland – the national network for Scotland’s Third Sector Interfaces – which provides advice and support to local voluntary organisations as well as promoting volunterring.
She has over 15 years experience in the Third Sector. This includes managing various projects with a focus on health and equality. Recently she retired from the Board of a charity in Edinburgh after 7 years of service. As a West Lothian resident herself, she values the important work that WLDAS has been undertaking with individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol. She is enthusiastic about making a contribution to WLDAS by sharing her experience and knowledge.
Our Board of Trustees is vital to our continued success as an organisation. They provide invaluable guidance and support as well as more practical assistance with accounts, policies and tendering for new contracts. In the last few months we have sadly said good bye to our treasurer, Patricia Aniello, after many years of service, and we wish her well in her future endeavours. We have also welcomed two new members to our Board: Alyson Campbell, our new treasurer, and Ann Craig, who has worked in education within West Lothian for many years. Here’s a bit more about them:
Alyson has worked at a senior level for more than twenty years in the voluntary sector, primarily focused on the business side of charities including finance, governance, HR and funding. She is keen to support the work of WLDAS and recognises the difference the organisation makes by supporting individuals and families to deal with the harm caused by drugs and alcohol.
Ann recently retired after working in the education section for more than 30 years. The majority of this time was working in the area of pastoral support and learning support for secondary age pupils and, for the last 7 years, as Child Protection Officer for Education Services in West Lothian. Since the early 90s, Ann worked closely with WLDAS and valued the educational input, support and advice this service gave to individual young people in the schools, their families and teaching staff in West Lothian. Ann is keen and interested in the work of WLDAS and being a member of the Board will allow her to continue to support the valuable work this service does.
Extended Opening Hours
We are in the process of extending our service and from 1st April our new office opening hours will be:
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 6:00pm & Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
We can offer appointments outside of these hours and more information about these extended opening hours will be on our website when our new service is launched.
New Contract Awarded
We are pleased to announce that we have successfully tendered and won the contract to provide Psychological Services relating to drug and alcohol use throughout West Lothian. The contract was awarded by West Lothian Council and we will be launching our new service soon so watch this space!
WLDAS announce new cannabis and tobacco apps.
1st September 2014
We have developed two apps to provide you with information and help you keep track of your tobacco or cannabis use. Our smoking app also provides support for kicking the habit, complete with handy tips and a calculator to help you work out how much money you’ve saved since quitting. You can find them here.