Since lockdown the office staff and volunteers are working very hard, above and beyond their normal duties. Picking up and delivering prescriptions to our clients and others in and around the Linlithgow area. We have also been organising and preparing Wellbeing bags containing a wide range of provisions to the elderly and those shielding. The Link is offering a befriending service by telephone to our clients, so they are not feeling isolated and carried out daily with a few of our volunteers.
The community have supported Link during this difficult time and we’d like to say a huge thank you for all the donations we have received.
The Linlithgow Link office is moving to Linlithgow Partnership Centre, hopefully in early July.
Linlithgow Link is a registered charity group set up in 1979. Its aim is to provide a voluntary service providing provide support through social and community activity to those who are isolated by illness, age, or infirmity. Requests can be made by social workers, GPs and other health professionals but also by direct contact from yourself or a family member. Any residents of the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge area are eligible for this service.
When and where do you meet?
Linlithgow Link is based out of St. Michael's Hospital in Linlithgow and has two part-time co-ordinators who work mornings Monday - Friday. We have between 6-10 people on our committee as trustees.
We also run a Tuesday club at Bield Housing, West Port on St Ninians Road. Our Caring Café continues to run monthly at Lowport Centre. Linlithgow for people affected by memory loss or who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and their carers. For more information click here
Why would I be interested in getting involved? Clients:
We are open to requests for help in any reasonable way, and seldom fail to find a volunteer to take on the task requested. Requests can be made by social workers, GPs and other health professionals but also by direct contact from yourself or a family member. We provide the service for all residents of the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge area. Volunteers:
enjoy being involved in a variety of rewarding activities and whilst giving their time freely are not expected to be ‘out of pocket’ in any way. These activities include:
driving of their own cars to take people to hospital or health-related appointments when a person has difficulty in using public transport
assisting with transport and refreshments for the weekly social group meetings
assisting in running the local monthly Caring Café for those affected by Dementia
support to those attending our ‘out of town’ excursions (using an accessible bus) or the traditional Burns lunch get-together
hand delivery of Christmas and Easter gifts and cards
maintenance of the close links formed with local primary schools, and regular attendance with our members to their seasonal concerts.
New people are always welcome and we are always looking for daytime volunteers…so if you, or someone you know, would like to join us, please get in touch.