Spring has sprung, Kirknewton gets creative and job opportunities

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It’s a new week. We had one less hour of the coronavirus as clocks moved forward one hour. You are getting creative on facebook. You might see some of the stones (pictured above) around Kirknewton. See if you can spot them!

Kirknewton History Project

The Kirknewton History Project will continue during lockdown – more details soon. We’ve sent school pupils to Almond Valley Heritage Centre, New Register House, had a multi generational Youth Club talking about school days a few workshops. Adults and children can participate as we try and capture real life stories and the history of Kirknewton. Take a look at our history section on the website https://kirknewton.info/kirknewton-history/ and have a read of the Kirknewton Story here https://kirknewton.files.wordpress.com/2016/02/the-kirknewton-story.pdf

Details of a free gift for school children to help with the project over the next few days.

Kirknewton Shop Hours Update

Monday to Saturday the shop will now be closing one hour earlier at 8pm.

Volunteer for Kirknewton

Last week 26 deliveries went to people who need our support. As the current situation is likely to go on for a wee while yet we will need more volunteers as we go forward. E mail infokirknewton@gmail.com with your name, number and email if you feel you can help. Maria Bathgate, our KCDT Volunteer Co-ordinator, will be in touch and add you to our What’s App group or email group, whichever your prefer.

We also notice streets are creating their own groups, communicating via What’s App, which is great and very neighbourly. All good stuff from Kirknewton.

News from the Medical Centre

The main update this week is that patients deemed to be at highest risk of complications from Coronavirus will  receive a centrally generated letter from the Chief Medical Officer in the near future if they have not already done so.

The letter will provide instructions and advice on how patients can best protect themselves, as well as containing useful contact details.  The practice will aim to get in touch with patients who have received a letter, but due to the sheer volume this will take some time, so we ask everyone to be patient with us.



Read free magazines through your local library https://westlothian.rbdigitalglobal.com/

Listen to some of your favourite Disney stories now witH ‘New’ Disney e-Audio books, available to download now! bit.ly/Disney-e-Audio

Please return you e-loans timeously


Park update – our parks can be used for exercise as long as the rules on social distancing are adhered to.
It is very important that there’s no use of Children’s play parks/areas. Children’s play areas are closed. Please don’t gather at benches, picnic tables or anywhere else. The national advice is: Public gatherings of more than two people who do not live together are to be prohibited. Please avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces in parks and play parks/areas, including play equipment, park furniture, handrails, gates, and signage etc.
Please play your part and adhere to this guidance.


West Lothian Foodbank are still here to help
Due to the current situation all referrals to West Lothian Foodbank will be processed by either
The Advice Shop (01506 283000) or Citizens Advice Bureau (01506 432977)

Both can offer help & support during this time


Social Work and Social Care job opportunities in West Lothian

We are offering temporary employment opportunities for individuals to join our teams.

You will be fully aware of the unprecedented situation we are all facing due to the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are concentrating our resources to ensure essential services are maintained. We are acting now to protect essential social work and social care services.

In order to continue offering the best services we can for West Lothian’s most vulnerable people, we are offering temporary employment opportunities for individuals to join our teams in the following areas:

• Care for vulnerable older people (ref 202011)
• Residential care for adults and older people (ref 202022)
• Support for vulnerable families (ref 202033)
• Residential Child Care (ref 202044)
• Support for vulnerable adults (ref 20255)
• Support with people who have mental health or addiction difficulties (ref 20266)

We would like to hear from you if you are:
· Someone with social work, psychology, nursing or health & social care qualifications who can undertake a range of duties across
different client groups;
· SSSC registered; or
· Someone without registration or qualification but with transferrable skills and experience and a strong interest in providing personal
care and support to vulnerable people.

Salary will be dependent on the role, qualifications and your experience but will be between £17,250 – £25,264 or £25,978 and £39,868 per annum (full-time equivalent). We can currently offer opportunities on a fixed term basis or as casual/supply work, and a range of working hours and patterns are available.

Candidates may require to join the PVG Scheme or undergo a PVG Scheme update where the post is considered Regulated Work with vulnerable children or Protection Adults under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007.

We look forward to hearing from you. You can apply online here:



Access2employment advisors have information on the latest job vacancies in West Lothian and surrounding areas. If you are currently looking for a job and would like to receive regular updates from the service please email Access2employment@westlothian.gov.uk or call 0800 032 9768 to register for regular job updates.


Are you getting the most out of your bins? With Recycling Centres temporarily closed it is more important than ever to make the most of your grey, blue and brown bins. Did you know that often more than half of the contents of the grey bin could have been recycled in the blue or brown bins? CLEAN plastic bottles, tubs, trays and pots can go in the blue bins in West Lothian even if they are labelled not currently or not widely recyclable. Paper, card, tin cans and foil is also accepted, as long as it’s CLEAN, but we can’t accept tissues, kitchen roll or plastic film. We know not everyone has access to a brown bin, but if you do all food and garden waste can go in to it. The more recycling you get in the correct bin, the more space you will have in the grey bin for items that really can’t be recycled. More information on what goes in each bin is available on our website – https://www.westlothian.gov.uk/domestic-waste.

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