29th September 2020

New Venue for Community Food & Dignity Box Project

Blackburn Family Centre, Community Action Blackburn, the Youth Action Project and local

volunteers have been running a Community Food and Dignity Box project in Blackburn,

supported by Fareshare, West Lothian Food Network, Asda Armadale, Scotmid and Boots in

Blackburn and the local community through donations. When the Family Centre re-opened

to children, the Youth Action Project kindly provided their minibus as a mobile shop in the

Trindeyknowe car park. This has worked well while we have looked for an alternative venue.

We are delighted to announce we have now been joined by a new community partner -

Blackburn United and now we have a great new venue!

From Friday 18th September, Blackburn United have kindly made their facility open to us to

provide food / personal care items between 2.30 and 4pm every Friday at the Purvis

Stadium at Blackburn Utd’s ground on Ash Grove.

We will be operating a one-way entry and exit system, social distancing, hand sanitiser and

masks to keep everyone safe. You can bring your own bags, or we can provide bags. Please

note, while some of the food is tinned or dried, we have fresh milk, eggs, bread, fruit and

veg available – these items need to be used or have to be thrown away. Take what you need

and help avoid waste!


22nd September 2020

After 7 months of food provision in the community the West Lothian Youth Action Project are stopping standard weekly deliveries of food parcels on Monday 28th September.

We will continue to operate the community fridge service for all Craigshill residents on Thursday and Friday mornings 9.30 - 12.30 from Riverside Community wing. There will be a variety of fresh and tinned produce available. Donations are also welcome. Safety measures will be in place.

For alternative help with provisions you can contact the Advice shop or Citizens Advice Bureau for Foodbank vouchers.


17th September 2020

"We recognise that it is an extremely difficult time for all of you at the moment, there are many challenges, practically and emotionally.

Boredom and frustration will be at record heights but particularly hard for children and young people who like to be outside, simply playing together or socialising with friends. It is important that you stay at home to minimise the risk of the Covid -19 virus spreading. We will be sending out a variety of useful information sources, hints, tips and ideas how to keep sane in the coming days & weeks."


The Youth Action Project is still operating to support young people but has widened it's priority from primarily youth work by adding assistance to families and vulnerable people who are unable to access food. We are working with agencies such as West Lothian Foodbank, Almond Housing, WL Council, West Calder CDT and others to ensure donations are collected and food parcels made up. These will include fresh homemade meals, thanks to our wonderful cook Kathleen, then distributed to identified vulnerable people throughout West Lothian. Providing we have enough produce, our Community Fridge at Riverside Community Wing, Craigshill, Livingston is open on Thursdays and Fridays 9.30-12.30 - we will be complying with Government guidelines in relation to social distancing.


In addition to this work we will be offering a phone line support for young people, parents and carers - keep checking in and details of this support will follow, along with any other useful information.


Wishing you all the very best and stay safe.


Helen Davis

Project Director


21st May 2020


Today, the Scottish Government announced their COVID-19 Route-map.


The Route-map is a four-phase process; each stage will progress depending on outcome.


Based on today’s announcement, we are working through what this means for Youth Action’s activities, principally client engagement and identifying what and how we can deliver our services. There is much to consider regarding how exactly we can progress back into delivering our regular youth work service.


Our number one priority is making sure we can provide a safe environment for service users and employees. We are also liaising with West Lothian Council, our partnership colleagues and funders.


The Government will confirm the introduction of phase one on 28th May; which is subject to evidence being in place to support changes.


We'll are continuing to develop our Community Fridge Partnership, sourcing, preparing and delivering much needed food supplies to vulnerable families and individuals throughout West Lothian. We are also providing one2one support for young people who are finding this time particularly difficult.


In the meantime we would encourage you all to continue to follow government guidelines.


Stay well and best wishes


‪Great News! Youth Action was successful in a funding bid to the Scottish Government Well-Being Fund and received £41,640 towards the continued running of our Community Fridge Partnership; which is getting meals and supplies out to the most vulnerable in our community at the time. ‬”We are delighted that we can continue the much needed support local families and individuals have come to rely on. The feedback we have received from the general public has been fantastic, the heartfelt thanks from the families we are supporting for this basic need has been humbling, we welcome the opportunity to help out in any way we can and this extra cash injection will allow this for the coming weeks”. Project Directer Helen Davis


The Social Policy Early Intervention and LAC team have undertaken to deliver a ‘Safe Space’ service to children and Families deemed to be vulnerable at this time.  These are all children and young people who are either on the child protection register, on compulsory supervision orders and have an allocated Social Worker.  The service provided has included a weekly session for the children where they meet with staff in very small groups which maintain social distancing and hygiene requirements but provide a check in and support as well as some much needed social interaction.  Alongside this, we are working hand in hand with YAP to source, fund and supply essential food parcels to each of these families.  We are currently delivering 45 weekly parcels made up of vital food, toiletries and household products.  There are currently approximately 75 children attending the Safe Space Provision across three separate sites in West Lothian.  These deliveries are a lifeline for these families who have commented on how beneficial this is not only in giving them crucial supplies but also seeing a friendly face on the doorstep who can provide a bit of support to help manage the challenges and difficulties they are facing at this time.


Youths Helping their Local Community

Riverside Community Wing. Launch of Community fridge and foodbank at Riverside, Livingston. 

(Read the full article by clicking on the link above)

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In 2019, INtegr8 Befriending Service achieved it's Quality in Befriending Award (QiB) from Befriending Networks - This demonstrates that the service has met the required standard for safe & competent practice in Befriending. The Award is valid until October 2022.


West Lothian Council Arts Service, Inclusion and Aftercare Team and West Lothian Youth Action Project, working in partnership, have been successful with an application to the Lottery, Life Changes Trust, with a fund of £150,669 awarded for a 3 year project – Creative and Active Lives.


The project will expand on current work of the partner agencies, allowing us to reach and provide support to more Care Experienced and disengaged young people from across West Lothian. The project will benefit a mixed group of approximately 30 young people aged 14 – 25 yrs.

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Several Community groups in Craigshill, Livingston came together to discuss how they could regenerate the area in which they live. Craigshill was the first area of Livingston to be developed in the sixties and subsequently some of the infrastructure has become rundown, it is also recognised as a disadvantaged area in the SIMD. Hobart Street to Sheil walk is the main thoroughfare in Craigshill; it connects, at one end, Riverside Primary, Craigsfarm and St Andrew Church, to the Mall, the Library and the Health Centre at the other. The groups have pinpointed this as an area that would benefit from an innovative public art project that would assist in community cohesion. Running along this thoroughfare is a tired rose bed with unexplained recesses, the original purpose of which has long been lost; on the other side is a small crumbling brick wall whilst at the other end of the walk there are negative spaces that could be given purpose. The groups wish to engage an artist to work with the neighbourhood in transforming this main passageway into artistic celebration of community that would become a proud focus to the area.

After community consultation it was decided they wanted a design that brightened up the area. This work is taking place during the Summer/Autumn 2018.

Funded by West Lothian Council and Public Art West Lothian.


A 'Young Roots' Heritage project exploring the legacy and migration of people into West Lothian by recording and investigating the stories, accents and dialects of the people that live there.

Young people from Armadale, Broxburn and Craigshill, brought together through the Youth Action Project, have worked together to create visual artworks and compile their own archive of Scots words and phrases.

Please click the link to find out more.