West Lothian 50+ Network – About Us
The West Lothian 50+ Network is managed by a Committee of volunteers elected from the membership, however the wide range of special interest groups is run by members for members drawing on their extensive skills, experience and interests.
Our Members’ Hub/ administrative centre is run by two part-time co-ordinators. Thanks to external funding support we are also able to employ a development officer to help us grow the Network.
Our main activities include:
Monthly meetings Get-togethers for members to socialise and be updated on new activities and Network business. Coffee/tea and biscuits are available. An external speaker is arranged on a range of topics of general interest. Minutes are produced and sent to all members.
Holidays At least three holidays are organized each year, usually, areas of cultural interest: castles, gardens, walks etc
Day Trips/ Outings Over the years Network members have visited a very wide range of attractions and attended many diverse events. We now offer a regular, monthly coach trip on the last Sunday of each month.
Theatre / cinema visits are arranged by our Theatre and Cinema group where members have a say in what they would like to see. Our Weekenders group also regularly attend a variety of shows and music concerts.
Other Events Various other events are held throughout the year. From dinners and social evenings to musical evenings, craft fairs, and other fundraising events.
Group activities There are currently 51 special interest groups including 7 walking groups, Pilates, French and Italian classes, Genealogy, Mah Jong, Canasta and Scrabble, Book and Blether, Ukulele for Beginners, Music and Craft groups.
Our activities stem from the 50+ Network’s three main aims:
- to develop social, educational and recreational opportunities to help over 50’s remain fit and healthy in mind and body whilst combating social isolation;
- to educate through links with 50+ groups;
- to encourage the development of links between organisations in West Lothian that can further these aims.