West Lothian’s many devoted volunteers have been getting some well-deserved recognition. Volunteers Week was marked in the county last week, shining the spotlight on the army of volunteers who make a difference in their communities. Volunteers Week is a national event which takes place every year to recognise the important contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. West Lothian Volunteer Network is a group of local volunteer coordinators who meet on an informal basis to support good practice in volunteer management, promote volunteering and acknowledge the work of volunteers in West Lothian. West Lothian Volunteer Network (WLVN) ran a series of volunteering events in Tesco in Bathgate, Craigshill Mall and Bathgate Partnership Centre, where members of the public were able to come along to find out about volunteering opportunities in West Lothian. Sharon Frederiksen from West Lothian Volunteer Network said: “There’s a wealth of volunteering opportunities in … [Read more...] about Volunteers Week thanks those making a difference in their communities
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21 May From the section Welsh Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/44205205 Read more about sharing. Ryan Giggs has warned Liverpool that Gareth Bale is ready to make a difference in Saturday's Champions League final in Kiev.Bale has scored five goals in four La Liga games for Real Madrid, but is not certain to start for the reigning European champions.But Wales manager Giggs insists the 28-year-old has the right mindset to make a decisive contribution from the bench."Every time Gareth plays he makes an impact," Giggs said."It just shows the professional he is, that he's not sulking (when he's a substitute) as he always seems to come on and score."Does Bale have a future at Real Madrid?Bale will 'always be important' to Real MadridBecoming Wales' record scorer is career highlight"He's one of the best … [Read more...] about Bale has mindset to ‘make a difference’ in Champions League final
THE new chairman of West Berkshire Council has used her maiden speech to urge district councillors to “reach out and engage” with residents, who she says could one day be standing in her shoes. Carol Jackson-Doerge was sworn in as West Berkshire Council’s chairman for the 2018-19 year this week and she conducted her first full meeting after shedding light on her unique journey into politics. Mrs Jackson-Doerge will be supported in her role by Peter Argyle (Con, Calcot). She replaces Quentin Webb, whose two-year tenure as chairman came to an end. The ward member for Burghfield, Mrs Jackson-Doerge has been a councillor since 2007. She was vice-chairman in 2012-13 and then again from September 2016, following the appointment of the previous vice-chairman, Jeanette Clifford, to the executive, until May 2018. The chairman is the formal representative of the district council and is considered the ‘first citizen’ of the district. The role is supported by a … [Read more...] about Chairman aims to ‘make a difference’
What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide on 22 April to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Started in 1970, Earth Day was created as a global initiative to raise awareness for the safeguarding of the planet, whether it’s through conservation, battling climate change or protecting endangered species. What’s the theme? The theme this year is about ending plastic pollution. Plastics are one of a number of environmental issues facing the world’s seas, along with rising sea levels and warming oceans, and metal and chemical pollution. United Nations figures show 8 million tonnes of plastic - bottles, packaging and other waste - enter the ocean each year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain. Plastics which have been in the seas for a while may sink into the sea floor, or be torn up and gradually turned into microplastics. Action Alert: For the big changes we need to #EndPlasticPollution, our leaders … [Read more...] about What Is Earth Day… And Does It Actually Make A Difference?
"It's not all sunshine and roses, it's very challenging but it's the best job in the world." For the past six years Cath Stamper has worked around the clock to provide vital support to Woking's most vulnerable residents. The chief executive of the York Road Project, an organisation which provides emergency and long term accommodation to the homeless, has spoken out over the challenges her dedicated team face, funding cuts and the rise in demand in recent years. The team of only 10 permanent workers has seen increased numbers young people asking for help, women who have fallen into homelessness and substance abuse. Meanwhile, around 70% of the charity's clients have mental health challenges - an issue exacerbated by central government cuts to services, the experienced support worker told Get Surrey. Read More Homelessness in Surrey 'It can happen to anyone' "Historically, I think people think leafy Surrey doesn't have a homeless situation and for many years there were probably lower … [Read more...] about Homeless charity worker talks budget cuts and making a difference