Kirknewton certainly does have community spirit and this was highlighted by our 2015 Community Consultation. With close to 200 volunteers in the village, people are definitely willing to lend a hand. Every two years we have a Volunteer Awards dinner, where members of the community celebrate those who have gone over and beyond the call of duty. You can volunteer at any time, around your lifestyle. Here is a list of the established community groups in the village:
Early Years Volunteering
Friendly playgroup for children ages 2 to 4.5 years. Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday between 9.15am and 11.30am based in Kirknewton Village Hall.
The Playgroup is supported by a team of helpful parents/carers who help out preparing snack or assisting with other tasks. The group is always looking for volunteers to help out during the sessions. Please contact the group if you are willing to lend a hand. Email: email@example.com
For babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their families to enjoy together. The session is run by a trained volunteer. The Green Room is happy to arrange Bookbug training for interested volunteers.
Each session lasts around 40 minutes and includes songs, stories and rhymes. There is usually no need to book, they take place in a very relaxed environment and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time with your little one. Contact The Green Room for further information: 01506883988
Mini and Me
Kirknewton Mini & Me Music Group are looking for volunteers to assist running the weekly sessions. This involves introductions at beginning of each session, organising instruments, organising song choices, reading a story at the end of the session and collecting the donations. The role involves a friendly demure and ability to keep group members informed: reminding the group of the location of next meeting.
The group is also looking for admins to assist in weekly and daily updates on Facebook for all Kirknewton under five classes. Monitoring what posts are going up on the Mini & Me facebook page, and approving membership. Contact via facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/649984645121494/
Kirknewton Primary Parent and Staff Association & Parent Council
Kirknewton Primary school is supported by a dedicated PSA and Parent Council. The PSA organise annual events such as the Spring Fair and frequent fundraisers. The Parent Council works as a bridge between the school and parents. Both Groups are run by parent volunteers. For more information contact Kirknewton Primary School on: 01506 881461
Active Resident Volunteering
If you have green fingers, the allotment association is for you. A group of very enthusiastic gardeners with a site located beside Potter Around, Overton Farm. Please visit their website for more information: https://kirknewtonallotments.wordpress.com/
The gala is run by a group of local volunteers and takes place in the Kirknewton Park each June. The group consists of committee members as well as individuals willing to lend a hand on the day. Although it is an annual event, the group is busy all year planning and organising. The gala committee also organise the annual Torchlight Procession in the run up to Christmas. More information can be found on Kirknewton Gala page on facebook.
Kirknewton Community Association
KCA is a voluntary group, part of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust, which is involved in the running of the village hall in Kirknewton. The main contact for the KCA is Gill Greaves 07816880175
Kirknewton Community Council (KCC) meets in The Green room at 6.45pm on the second Tuesday of every month (except July). Meetings are open to any member of the public. Feel free to pop in, all are welcome.
Community Councillors are elected, or held elected, for three years. Local councillors regularly attend meetings and KCC has had some success in requesting action from WLC as well as promoting Kirknewton community activities.
If you would like to contribute to your community by becoming a Community Councillor please contact the Chair, Hugh Hunter Gordon: HHunterGordon@gmail.com
Kirknewton Community Development Trust
Kirknewton Community Development Trust is a local membership organisation. It is a company limited by guarantee and registered charity. Membership is open to anyone who lives in Kirknewton and is over 18 years of age.
Kirknewton Community Development Trusts aims are to: • Promote opportunities for learning and education • Encourage community-led development • Help and encourage local people to develop new skills
The Trust is always keen to recruit new volunteers, especially those with specific skills such as project planning experience, finance, communications consultancy and community development.
Please contact The Green Room for more information: 01506883988
Kirknewton Youth Club
Kirknewton Youth Club is open to young people from P7 and above. The group meets each week in either the Kirknewton Village Hall or The Green Room, and is supported by a team of trained volunteers. The session runs each Friday 6pm-8pm. There is fun activities for the kids, drop-ins, discos as well as opportunities for young people to volunteer. The youth club is an excellent means of gaining work experience if you would like to pursue a career working with young people. Please contact the Youth and Volunteer coordinator Laura Bilton for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Kosy Kafe is open to young people in Primaries 1 to 7 in Kirknewton Community Hall from 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm on Fridays. It is the place to relax and meet friends over a delicious cup of hot chocolate and some delicious home baking. Please contact Knecemail@example.com Parish Church for more information.
LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Access2employment is an employability service delivered by West Lothian Council to help local residents into employment, training or education. They are in the Green Room every Friday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Our team of experienced Employment Advisers will help you achieve your individual goal by providing advice based on your personal circumstances and needs.
We can assist you with:
CV Preparation Covering Letters Application Forms Job Search
Interview Techniques Training Research Finding Volunteering Opportunities.
Fraser Purdie,Employment Adviser
Access2employment, West Lothian Council
Tel: 07899063971, Freephone 0800 032 9768