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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SCHOOLS need to prioritise teaching children how to write computer code according to leading academics who fear Scottish pupils could find themselves left behind unless they learn digital skills essential for success in the modern world. Despite positive moves that have seen the introduction of digital skills on the Scottish curriculum from a young age in the last year, experts say action needs to be taken to ensure that there are enough teachers available to deliver essential technology lessons such as coding. Others argue "patchy" provision of school technology needs addressed with girls, in particular, provided with additional support and encouragement to break down the worrying gender imbalance in technology subjects. Some educationalists say 'coding in the new alphabet' and children not equipped with coding skills will be at a huge disadvantage in their working lives. Loading article content Leading the charge to put coding at the top of the school agenda, is Aaron … [Read more...] about Coding is the new alphabet … but are your kids prepared?
Home / News / Scotland by Michael Alexander February 14 2018, 8.00am Updated: February 14 2018, 8.44am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week In the second part of our special series looking at the impact of child poverty in Courier Country, Michael Alexander investigates the scale of the problem in Fife and visits Glenrothes where high child poverty levels are in stark contrast to the utopian vision of the ‘new town’ created 70 years ago. It was King James VI who famously called the ancient Pictish Kingdom of Fife “a beggar’s mantle fringed with gold” – and in modern times, it is regarded by statisticians as being a microcosm of Scotland with its blend of rural, urban and former industrial lands. But the latest End Child Poverty Coalition figures show very starkly just how divided Fife is with 15% of children in Cupar living … [Read more...] about A divided Kingdom: How child poverty blights the lives of more than 17,000 youngsters in Fife
I TALKED in last week’s column about growth and specifically the need for good growth. By that I mean ensuring we have the right infrastructure to support housing development along with a strong economy where existing business can expand and news ones relocate or invest. The recent Centre for Cities report highlighted that Swindon has the seventh highest housing growth in the UK. Very timely then that our next Switch on to Swindon event, hosted by Rombourne Serviced Offices, is all about growth. Speakers will talk about the plans for nearly 3,000 homes at Wichelstowe and expanding business operations in the town. There are still a few places left at the event on March 1 at 6pm so if you are interested in attending you can register here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sots-ambassador-event-with-rombourne-serviced-offices-tickets-42752523950 Another crucial element of good growth is equipping our young people with the skills to fulfil their potential and giving them career … [Read more...] about JENNY GROVES COLUMN: Switching on to the importance of growth
Once more, the Shropshire Star is teaming up with our partners at Enterprise Flex-E-Rent to distribute thousands of pounds among good causes in the area. Since its launch in 2015, our fantastic giveaway has seen £60,000 shared out between dozens of groups across the region. Charities, voluntary groups, sporting clubs and community associations have all benefited, and the money has been used to help people of all ages and backgrounds. And now we are looking for more good causes to take part in this year's scheme. Groups can apply for this year's fund by filling in the form here: A total of 35 groups will be selected, and Shropshire Star readers will be invited to support their favourite causes by collecting tokens printed in the paper. The money will then be shared out among the different groups depending on how many tokens they collect. Last year, the dream fund was shared among dozens of good causes, ranging from children's charities to day-care centres for the elderly. … [Read more...] about Cash for Your Community 2018: £20,000 charity giveaway returns