Do you have ideas for making spaces safer for exercise during Covid-19?

Safer Spaces for Exercise

Do you have ideas for making spaces safer for exercise and travel during Covid-19?

West Lothian Council​ is looking for local residents to share their views about potential projects to improve the local environment and make it safer for exercise.

Money is available for projects from the £10 million Spaces for People programme, which offers funding and support to Local Authorities to make it safer for people who choose to walk, cycle or wheel for essential trips and exercise during Covid-19.

The main aims of the funding are to: provide temporary walking and cycling infrastructure, with a focus on essential journeys such as to hospitals, health services, shops, pharmacies and areas used for exercise.

To take part, please visit https://app.esurveycreator.com/s/c7ffc9f.

Linlithgow Loch Path

Local Business Updates

One Linlithgow has an up-to-date list of businesses which are still trading despite lockdown. This details opening hours and any current changes to the business e.g. deliveries only or taking classes online. If your business isn’t on the list but should be, please email office@onelinlithgow.com. The best way to keep up to date is to check the Facebook page of businesses to find out their latest news.

You can also support local businesses at Tideover where you can buy vouchers to spend when they reopen. They receive 75% straight away, so they can keep afloat in the meantime.


Linlithgow Mask Makers

The Linlithgow Mask Makers Facebook group now has over 70 members already – wow! Thank you to everyone that has joined. It is an informal group for people in the town making masks for themselves, friends and family. 

The group is in the early stages of looking at whether any makers are interested in making masks for others in the community, but this will not be essential for members of the group.

The Thread Counter is providing advice in the group and has materials available. They have also created mask making kits for anyone wanting to make a mask for themselves. Thank you to local mask maker expert Jules Meek for her help with the Facebook group!


Help With Bikes & Repairs for Key Workers

With everybody doing what they can to support Scotland’s key workers, 1st Step Bikes have been able to support them by providing free bike repairs and servicing, or gifting refurbished bikes to help them get to work. Rachel, who is a key worker at Lloyds Chemists, was really pleased with her bike and how Linlithgow is coming together at this difficult time. 

She said: “Thank you soooo much for all the amazing work you are doing! I’m thrilled with my new bike….. I am using your kind gift for travelling to and from work. And for health benefits. I currently work in a local pharmacy and I’m so delighted by the patience and understanding from the local community. It’s been a struggle but we are all in this together.” 

1st Step funders, the National Lotteries Communities Fund and Cycling UK have been immensely supportive in helping them deliver this service, and the public in and around Linlithgow have been hugely generous by donating their unused bikes. If you have a bike you would like to donate, or are a key worker for whom a refurbished bike or repairs would help, please contact us through Facebook or email firststepdevelopment@gmail.com.


Linlithgow Community Development Trust Board Members Wanted

Linlithgow Community Development Trust is always looking for new members to join the Board. It’s an exciting time to be involved as they are working closely with groups across the town to co-ordinate the community response to the coronavirus.
 
LCDT’s aim is ‘To make Linlithgow a better place to live and work, through a community-led plan of action which provides services, amenities and/or financial support to local initiatives.’  The aim is to expand the Board with people who share the vision and are passionate about the local area and community working together. 
 
LCDT are looking for local people to bring their own expertise and experience to join the Board of Directors, a group of committed volunteers passionate about continuing to strengthen the Trust as a pivotal community-led organisation in the town.  

If you have the time to commit; can think strategically; are committed to the Linlithgow area and have expertise in any of the areas below, LCDT would love to chat with you.  

They are keen to increase our diversity to reflect the people which our charity serves –young and old, from the town and surrounding areas, and with a wide range of work or life experiences. They’re looking for someone who can spare 4 hours a month and can work effectively as part of a small team.

As a member of the Board of Directors you will:

  • be part of an exciting, enterprising and innovative community-led organisation.
  • help to ensure that the Trust fulfils our charitable aim and vision.
  • have the opportunity to give something back to your community and make a real difference locally.

If you would like an informal chat to find out more, please email pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Calling All Local Groups!

Does your local group need support with any of the following, or anything else?

  • Helping move your activities or meetings online
  • Promoting what you’re doing
  • Finding new volunteers interested in getting involved

LCDT know that Linlithgow is full of amazing local groups run by volunteers (over 120 last time we checked!). Groups offer a huge range of activities for people to take part in, to socialise and enjoy their hobbies. As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt normal life we want to support groups that are developing different ways of continuing activities. 

For example, the SCVO has a webpage of resources to help voluntary organisations use digital technology. Maybe LCDT can help groups with this?

LCDT is contacting local groups to make sure we have up-to-date details and to find out how we can help. We may have emailed you earlier today if we already have your contact details. If you have not heard from us, please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to join the Linlithgow local groups mailing list, so that LCDT can stay in touch with you.

It would be great to have group Chairs and Committee members on the mailing list! But this is also for anyone interested in the support LCDT can offer to local groups.

So please email hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk to find out how they can help.

What’s Happening in the Community?

What’s happening in your area? LCDT want to give a shout out to all the amazing neighbourhood groups that are helping each other during this time.

Whether it’s a WhatsApp Group, a Neighbourhood Watch or Residents Association, or just a chap on the door, the local communities across Linlithgow are showing the strength of friendship and kindness.

LCDT know that lots of you have self-organised and have support mechanisms in place for your streets/neighbours across the ward, and are trying to find out where there may be gaps or if some people don’t know what already exists.
 

  • What is your street is doing?
  • How are you keeping in contact?
  • How are you helping each other?
  • Or is there nothing in your area that you know about?


Please let them know by commenting on the latest Facebook post or by emailing hello@trust-linlithgow.org.uk.

Thank you!

Carers of West Lothian

Carers of West Lothian is open to take calls from any carers or disabled adults looking for support, information or advice on any issues relating to COVID19.  The team are taking phone calls on 01506 448000 or answering emails at office@carers-westlothian.com

You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter, links available through their website, where they are posting the latest information and bulletins as well as news on Zoom peer support groups being run every week.

Community Support During the Coronavirus

Community Support When Shielding

A reminder that the Linlithgow Churches have established a support system for people who are self-isolating and shielding. They are offering help with shopping, collecting prescriptions or even just a phone call if you’d like someone to talk to.

You can get in touch via linlithgowcoronacare@gmail.com or call 01506 200838. A Linlithgow Coronavirus Support Facebook group has also been created to facilitate offers and requests for help.

Funding for Linlithgow to Support the Community Coronavirus Response

Last week LCDT shared the news they have been successful in receiving funding from the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund.

This £350 million fund will be used to provide financial support targeted through community anchor organisations, working in partnership with others in the community and public services to coordinate a local response to the pandemic.

Funding for Linlithgow is secured until the end of September to support this work and LCDT will also be looking at a strategic overview of community needs in the longer term.

We are pleased to be working in collaboration with the following groups in the town:

Community logos

Our allocated funds will be distributed to these groups to support local people in need. However, if other local groups require funds to respond to the coronavirus situation, please email pamela@trust-linlithgow.org.uk and our fund sub-committee will consider requests.

We are also working with One Linlithgow Bid and The Black Bitch Magazine to support local businesses and community news across the town.

Domestic Abuse

Staying at home is the safest thing to do right now but in certain circumstances home does not always feel the safest place to be.

Anyone experiencing violence at home should not feel in any way inhibited by the current coronavirus situation. You can still report a crime and do not wait if you feel vital support.

West Lothian Council has comprehensive information on their website about how to report domestic abuse and domestic violence, and what local services are available.

Alternatively, you can contact the Domestic Abuse Helpline for more information.
www.safer.scot
0800 027 1234

LYPP Art Project for Young People

Linlithgow Young People’s Project has launched an online mental health art project to give young people a chance to express themselves. The topic of the project is “Dark and Light” and young people are encouraged to make creative expressions of poor mental health and good mental health. If anyone would like to get involved please contact LYPP on FacebookInstagram or email (katherine@lypp.org.uk). The deadline for submissions is May 31st.

With a Little Help from Friends

In lockdown conditions, 1st Step’s popular recovery café had to close. Like so many other charities and community groups, the team had to totally rethink how they work.

If people couldn’t come to 1st Step, 1st Step would bring the food to them. Their volunteers are now safely delivering healthy food parcels to people in need around West Lothian and Falkirk.

1st Step would like to say a big thanks to their friends at Transition Linlithgow, who have lent them their electric van to make the deliveries, and at St Ninian’s Craigmailen Parish Church who has provided them with the use of Longcroft Halls, which is being used as a distribution point for packing the food parcels.

As well as food deliveries, 1st Step are helping people keep in touch through online recovery meetings, and giving free refurbished bikes and bike repairs for essential workers, helping them get to work without using public transport and stay healthy.

Face Coverings

The Scottish Government has issued guidance about the use of face coverings in public places.

The evidence on the use of face coverings is limited, but the guidance states there may be some benefit of wearing a facial covering when leaving the house and entering enclosed spaces, such as the shops or public transport, where physical distancing is can be more difficult.

There is lots of great work already going on across the country as highlighted in this BBC News article. Obviously, there will be different interpretations of the guidance, and some people will be keen to wear masks while others may not.

There is already an active community of mask-makers in Linlithgow. To provide some peer support, advice and somewhere to share information about how you can get involved, a Facebook group has been created to connect the network of people already making masks for the community. You can join at Linlithgow Mask Makers.

£32K Funding for Linlithgow to Support the Community Coronavirus Response!

Linlithgow Community Development Trust are pleased to announce we have been awarded £32k funding from the Scottish Government Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund.
 
This funding will run until the end of September and help:

  • coordinate and support the local community response to the pandemic, particularly for groups supporting older, isolated and infirm people, and families and households in need,
  • support and promote good communication across the whole community with local information.

 
There are many groups in Linlithgow providing support to the community at this time. Linlithgow’s strength is the many groups, volunteers and businesses ready to help those in need. LCDT has been working with 1st Step, Linlithgow Link, Linlithgow’s Young Person’s Project and Linlithgow’s Coronavirus Support Group helping everyone work together.

Ensuring all groups work together and in line with West Lothian Council, NHS and other public sector responses, will be very important to ensure we support those most in need safely, and in the best ways possible, keeping up with all national developments, throughout this crisis. LCDT is developing collaborations with the Community Council and OneLinlithgow Business Improvement District, to help coordinate the community responses. We are also working with the Black Bitch Magazine.

MyLinlithgow – Keeping You Updated During the Coronavirus

If you don’t already, make sure you are following My Linlithgow on Facebook and have the My Linlithgow website bookmarked!

We are working to make sure we keep you updated on the latest news about efforts within the community to support those most in need, and how you can help.

The My Linlithgow What’s On calendar has now also been expanded to include online events, activities and classes to keep you busy and entertained while we are all spending more time at home during the coronavirus. If you know of any local online classes or great events nationally/internationally then please let us know so we can feature them on the calendar. You can message us on social media or email hello@mylinlithgow.com.

Please let us know if you have any other thoughts or ideas on the type of information you would like to see on My Linlithgow.

We are sharing local updates in a dedicated coronavirus section of this website. This also contains links to the West Lothian Council coronavirus information pages which provides useful information.

Linlithgow Coronavirus Support A Community Effort

Thank you to everyone who has offered to be involved in supporting others in our community by completing the Volunteering Form on My Linlithgow. What an amazing response already! We’re not looking for further volunteers at the moment, but as the situation may change please check the website for updates in the following weeks.

There are many groups in Linlithgow that have begun to self-organise and provide support to the community at this time. Linlithgow’s strength is the many groups, volunteers and businesses ready to help those in need. Ensuring all groups work together and in line with Council, NHS and other public sector responses, will be very important to ensure we support those most in need safely, and in the best ways possible, keeping up with all national developments, throughout this crisis.

Volunteer coordination is taking place between the Linlithgow Churches and Linlithgow Link to match volunteers with requests for help. Linlithgow Young People Project is also providing support to young people and families in need.

1st Step is a social enterprise that works with people with experience of addiction and is now delivering essential food and supplies to not only services users but more widely to those in need.

Communication is being coordinated across the community via ourselves using MyLinlithgow.com, the Linlithgow Coronavirus Support Facebook group, the Community Council and One Linlithgow BID.

There are also lots of local businesses still open who are providing supplies for people and providing for the town.

One Linlithgow has collated a list of all those that are still open and what services they are providing given the current lockdown. They have helpfully collated under sections covering:

  • Essentials
  • Health
  • Food & Drink
  • Retail
  • Services
  • Beauty
  • Events

You can access the full list here and we’d like to thank all the local business who are still able and continuing to provide these vital services for us all.

A shoutout to Linlithgow Distillery who have donated over 250 litres of hand sanitiser free of charge to many organisations who really need it right now. These include the NHS, Royal Mail, St Michael’s Hospital, Linlithgow Care Home, Brae Court/Bield, West Lothian and Forth Valley Foodbanks and many many more.

This has been possible due to the local community and businesses purchasing bottles over the last couple of weeks. A real community effort!

It goes without saying that all the local staff at the Health Centre and the pharmacies are doing an outstanding job and we’d like to thank them and all the key workers still supporting the community.

Linlithgow Coronavirus Support

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone co-ordinating the efforts to provide support and information to the people of Linlithgow right now, and everyone that has volunteered with offers of help.

We have been working with the Linlithgow Churches, comprising the five churches in the town and led by Dr Liam Jerrold Fraser, the Minister at St Michael’s Parish Church, the Community Council and The Black Bitch Magazine to co-ordinate support efforts within the town. This includes the distribution of a leaflet to every house in Linlithgow which contains contact details you can use if you need support with food, supplies or just someone to talk to. The Black Bitch team has delivered these to make sure everyone has a point of contact if they need it – a big thank you to all of these volunteers!