Volunteering: fair way to get involved in community

Fairtrade seeks volunteers
Fairtrade seeks volunteers

West Lothian Fairtrade Steering Group used Fairtrade Day to launch a search for new volunteer members.

West Lothian is a Fairtrade Zone with four Fairtrade Towns – Linlithgow, Bathgate, Livingston and Whitburn.

The county also has a Fairtrade Village in Uphall and a Fairtrade Zone in Fauldhouse and Breich Valley.

All of them are looking for volunteers to help champion Fairtrade. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to make new friends and get involved in the community.

Ian Fowell, of Linlithgow Fairtrade Town Group, said: “All of the town and village groups are organised by volunteer-based groups promoting Fairtrade locally.

“We are keen to encourage more local people, who have a few hours a month to spare and who feel strongly about the benefits of Fairtrade, to get involved.

“It is a great way to make new friends and become involved in the community.”

West Lothian Fairtrade Steering Group is particularly keen to hear from people interested in helping Armadale and Broxburn to achieve Fairtrade Town status.

Vice chair of West Lothian Fairtrade Steering Group, Andrina Dunlop, added: “We are keen to see two new groups started in Armadale and Broxburn and we’d love to hear from people who would like to take this forward.”

For more information in the first instance or to find a group near you, contact douglas.grierson@westlothian.gov.uk or call: 01506 281088.