Blackburn Community Week will be brought to you by Community Action Blackburn, West Lothian Council and Lothian and Borders Police. These agencies have worked with a number of other services and local groups to create this programme. The activities will be held in the Mill Centre, Blackburn Connected and Blackburn Community Centre.
The purpose of the week will be to highlight what services and activities are available for people of all ages in Blackburn, and to encourage residents to be involved in their community and access the services who can support them to live quality lives.
We encourage you to read this programme, keep it handy for during the Community Week so you know what’s
on, and please attend any activities of interest.
Holiday Youth Programme – Blackburn Community Centre
The youth programme, provided by Blackburn Community Education Association and West Lothian Council’s Youth Services, will take place in Blackburn Community Centre during the weekdays from 12- 2pm. It is for young people aged 8- 13 and will include a variety of activities through the course of the week including Pool/Snooker, Badminton, Ball Games, Hair, Bingo, Rounders, Basketball, Pizza Making, Boot Camp,
Halloween Crafts, Mug Painting, Drama Workshop, Football, Jewellery making, Barbeque, and other craft and sports activities. The Friday will be for an outing which is still to be decided with young people. For more information on this please phone Jock Kerr on 01506 650783.
Information and Advice Stalls
At various points in the week, a number of agencies will be present in the Mill Centre to speak with local people about their services and hopefully deal with any queries people have. His can range from finding work or further education/training/volunteering to needing advice on benefits or debt. These services will include Advice Shop, Citizens Advice Bureau, Intowork, Access2employment, West Lothian Drug and Alcohol Service (WLDAS), Voluntary Sector Gateway West Lothian, Blackburn and Seafield Credit Union and others.
Health Day- Tuesday
The Health Day will be a mix of health-related activities for different age groups provided by the Health Improvement including a Healthy Café, Food Co-op, Stress-Less sessions as well as other information in the different venues throughout Blackburn. You will find details of each in the following timetable but are very welcome to attend more than- or all!
During the Community Week police officers will be active and visible in the community at various times, working in partnership with Neighbourhood Wardens and others to provide support and reassurance. Prevention and engagement will be at the forefront of our activity. Officers are going to be deployed on a number of activities including road safety initiatives, crime prevention and personal safety initiatives, providing information on rogue traders and cold callers. High visibility uniform patrols will take place to help address any antisocial behaviour or criminality and to make our community safer and stronger. The officers deployed during the week will include those from the local community team who look forward to continuing and strengthening their engagement with residents and local businesses. West Lothian Youth Action Project will also provide additional Streetwork Teams within Blackburn during this week.
Firefighters from West Lothian will visit various youth groups and organisations. Fire Safety advice is going to be available at the Mill Centre from both Firefighters and Community Fire Safety Officers with the offer of a free ‘Home Safety Visit’. Visits to local business will take place to offer fire safety advice on the storage of waste and combustible material. Community Fire Safety Officers will patrol the area and be on the lookout for any waste or potential fire hazards.