Beauty Therapy students at West Lothian College gave back to their community through their coursework recently.

Students studying Level 5 Beauty Therapy organised a litter pick at Howden Park to ‘beautify’ their local area and raise funds for local charity Signpost. They also organised a raffle with donations from local businesses to raise some extra cash. The students decided on these activities as part of their enterprise unit for their course.

Kerry Meldrum, one of the students involved said: “We all put charities into a vote and the winner was Signpost who have actually helped one of my classmates in recent times. I contacted local businesses to see if they were willing to donate anything to our raffle and I started up a Just Giving page so anyone could donate and we also had sponsor sheets just in case anyone wanted to donate if they couldn't through the Just Giving page.”

Lecturer Linda Black added: “I am delighted to say my class has worked together as a team to make this activity a success! From the planning stages to the delivery of the litter picking event, their teamwork and organisational skills have been outstanding which is shown by the amount they raised in such a short time.”

Signpost supports families of children and young people with additional support needs and disabilities in West Lothian, providing both practical information and emotional support.

Lesley Mount, Chief Executive of Signpost, said: “A huge thanks to the students for thinking of us during this difficult time. Their generosity means that we will be able to offer more 1-to-1 support to our families to help them recover from the effects of the pandemic.”

Any family which has a child with a disability or additional support needs can contact Signpost by phoning 01506 431123 or emailing