Linlithgow Link 01506 845137
Connecting the Community

Linlithgow Link
Administration Building
St Michael's Hospital
Linlithgow EH49 6QS

Linlithgow Link was set up back in 1979, as the first voluntary group of its kind in West Lothian.  The aim was, and still is, to provide a voluntary service that promotes the concept of a more caring community within our town. We can provide support through social and community activity to those who are isolated by illness, age, or infirmity.

Linlithgow Link is a registered charity (SCO No: 13502) and part funded by West Lothian Council.  In line with legal requirements, all volunteers are fully insured, and security checked as members of the PVG Scheme.  Volunteers enjoy being involved in a variety of rewarding activities and whilst giving their time freely are not expected to be ‘out of pocket’ in any way. New people are always welcome, and membership is free…so if you, or someone you know, would like to join us, please get in touch.  Keeping us organised are two cheerful and competent staff members, working part-time hours with a full-time commitment, to coordinate the requests and activities for our 50 local volunteers.

These activities include:

  • driving of their own cars to take people to hospital or health related appointments when a person has difficulty in using public transport
  • assisting with transport and refreshments for the weekly social group meetings
  • assisting in running the local monthly Caring Café for those affected by Dementia
  • support to those attending our 'out of town' excursions (using an accessible bus) or the traditional Burns lunch get-together
  • hand delivery of Christmas and Easter gifts and cards
  • maintenance of the close links formed with local primary schools, and regular attendance with our members to their seasonal concerts.

We are open to requests for help in any reasonable way, and seldom fail to find a volunteer to take on the task requested. Requests can be made by social workers, GPs and other health professionals but also by direct contact from yourself or a family member. We provide the service for all residents of the Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge area.

It can sometimes be difficult to reach new people who may be interested in, or benefit from, our services and activities, so if you want to join us please get in touch, by using the contact details.  We want to nurture the positive community spirit that Linlithgow is deservedly proud of, so will be delighted to welcome new people on board, either as ‘clients’ or ‘volunteers’.

Once again we are taking part in the local Advent Fayre which will be held on Saturday 29th November. We have decided to have a tombola stall. All donations for the stall would be very welcome and can be handed in to the office or can be collected by volunteers. Please give us a call on 01506 845137.

Our spring outing this year took us to Cardwell Nursery in Gourock. We used a new bus company which was very satisfactory and enjoyed a scenic trip along the Clyde, although the weather was not too good. Our Autumn outing took us to Garrion Bridges Garden and Antique Centre in Wishaw. We had lunch, followed by a browse round the centre. There was a good mixture of shops and displays and most of us bought some goodies. The weather was glorious.

The group continues to thrive and is held in Ashley Hall in Linlithgow every Tuesday afternoon. A mixture of entertainment is provided such as quizzes, musical interludes, games and days out. There is a chance to have a chat and catch up with friends over a cup of tea and cake.

This year Linlithgow Link has installed a new computer system in its office at St Michaels Hospital. This was long overdue as the system we had was antiquated and did not meet the requirements of the job. All this has changed with the installation of the new system. There have been some teething problems as you would expect but all in all the new system is making life easier for the office staff.