Photo: Yes, I’m in! Five of the members of the West Lothian 50+ Network who have made the Pledge 25
A local charity which supports West Lothian’s senior citizens is trying an innovative approach to fund raising.
This year the West Lothian 50+ Network celebrates its silver anniversary, 25 years of organising activities to promote physical and mental well-being in the over fifties. And in a move to raise much needed funds, it’s 420 strong membership have been asked to make a pledge to save 25 pence a week from now until Christmas.
To help boost the amount raised, Network Convener Anne Webster is also appealing for 25 local firms to each pledge £25 to the Network.
Anne Webster explained: “The 50+ Network is having to find new ways of funding their activities since it lost the financial support of West Lothian Council at the beginning of this year.”
“Since 1994 the organisation has received council funding support to continue its work. But with recent cuts to the voluntary sector budget, the 50 + Network was not included when this year’s grants were awarded.”
“The Network is very self-sufficient in many ways”, she continued. “All of our activities -some 40 different interest groups and a range of social events and outings – are led by volunteer members.”
“But we need to maintain a small office, currently open just 12 hours a week, and employ a part time administrator, to keep things running smoothly.”
The detrimental effects of social isolation on the elderly are well-documented, and West Lothian 50+ Network has recently been highly commended by Age Scotland for the work that they do to engage older people, providing them not only with activities but the chance to meet new people and make new friends.
“We would love to hear from local businesses who could support us in what we do”, said Anne. “Either by joining our Pledge 25, or by supporting us in kind by sponsoring one of our many events.”
“The Bathgate BID (Business Improvement District) Enterprising Bathgate, has recently committed to support us by funding a short promotional video for the Network which we are delighted about. We hope other local businesses will get in touch to offer support.”
“The Network has an active facebook page, website and quarterly newsletter and every business that comes forward to support us will be acknowledged.”
To find out more about the West Lothian 50+ Network:
Website: www.westlothian50plusnetwork.co.uk or on