Volunteering for Work Experience

West Lothian College recognises the importance of work experience as part of your learning and volunteering can provide excellent opportunities to develop the skills that are relevant to you and your future career. Volunteering not only boosts confidence and self - esteem, but enhances your knowledge and gives you something meaningful to use for:

  • Progression
  • Application Forms
  • Interviews
  • CVs
  • University
  • Employment


Useful Planning and Recording Documents

The following documents are designed to help you focus your volunteer work experience to your own needs as a student, and gather useful evidence for progression on to higher level studies or employment.

Preparing to Volunteer- Click Here

Volunteer Evidence Log- Click here 

 Volunteer Work Experience Reference- Click here


Student Association Volunteer Hub

The Student Association Volunteer Hub is situated in the E Meal Café where you can access local and national volunteer opportunities.

Local  Opportunities

  Age Scotland                                                                                                                                                               Various Broxburn/Bathgate


West Lothian Council Advice Shop and Adult Basic Education

 Various Support Opportunities- All students

 Financial Support- Business and Accounts Students

 Support and Befriending- All students

Complimentary Therapies- Hair and Beauty Students

IT Buddies- All Students

Energy Advice- All students

 Catering and Hospitality- All students

 Befrienders, Drivers, Co-ordinators- All Students

 Various Opportunities- All Students

 Various Opportunities

  Various Opportunities

 Various Opportunities

 Various Opportunities 



Outdoor Activities, Project Work- All Students

Peer Mentors For Young People- All Students

Drivers, Shoppers, Helpers- All Students

             All Students 

 Fauldhouse Local Residents

 All Skills Required

Students who are parents

 All Students

 All Students

Volunteer Mentors – All Students

All Students






Useful Volunteer Websites-


Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian: http://www.voluntarysectorgateway.org/

Volunteer Scotland: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/

Project Scotland: https://www.projectscotland.co.uk/

Charity Job: https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/scotland

Exchange Scotland: http://www.xchangescotland.org/

Scottish Government Public Appointments: https://applications.appointed-for-scotland.org/


Volunteer Awards


There are various awards that you can work towards in recognition of your volunteer contribution, but remember the biggest reward will be your own personal achievement and how you then use that to secure progression within education or employment.


Duke of Edinburgh

Saltire Award

SQA Volunteering Skill Award

Youth Achievement Award

John Muir Award


For more information on these awards click the link to Volunteer Scotland or contact your local “Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian” in Bathgate:

Address: 36-40 North Bridge St, Bathgate EH48 4PP

Phone:01506 650111   http://www.voluntarysectorgateway.org/

Volunteer Scotland Awards: http://www.volunteerscotland.net/volunteer/awards-and-qualifications/













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