The School Bank West Lothian

Preparing for the School Day

Making a difference to children and parents across our West Lothian communities

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Who are The School Bank West Lothian?

We are a volunteer-led group aiming to improve the lives of children in families in West Lothian experiencing financial hardship by providing them with a brand new school uniform and other clothing and equipment required for the school day.

The uniforms are distributed by referral from organisations working with families. We do not liaise directly with families. We accept referrals from professionals in the community such as Head Teachers, Social Workers, Housing Officers, Womens Aid, Health Visitors and other agencies including West Lothian CouncilCitizens Advice BureauHomestart and the Advice Shop in Bathgate.

There are several ways to support our work – please see our How You Can Help page, or use the links below, for more details, and you can go to the Drop-off Points page for an up to date list of locations around West Lothian for making clothing donations.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you so much for all the school items. I actually cried over and over when I thought of the kindness shown to my son, especially as those helping him will probably never meet him. It shows true kindness and understanding. The world is a better place with people like that in it. Please pass my thanks to them all. They will never know how much this means.

How You Can Help The School Bank West Lothian

To support our work – please see our How You Can Help page, or use the links below, for more details

Sponsor a Child

Donate School Kit

Make a Cash Donation

Become a Volunteer

Be a Fundraiser

Our Latest News and Updates

Stephen Firth’s Island Cycle

In June, Stephen Firth completed the mammoth cycle from Vatersay to the Butt of Lewis (approximately 185 miles) to raise money for The School Bank WL.

Stephen raised an epic £690 (plus gift aid) making it a whopping £842! A truly wonderful effort from Stephen and everyone who donated.
THANK YOU!!

Collector needed

We need a Nominated Collector for our 2 donation drop off points in East Calder, they are based in: (1) Mabitt Cafe (the cafe is open Monday-Friday 9am-3pm so collections need to be made within these hours) and (2) East Calder Partnership Centre It would suit someone...

Tesco Bags of Hope

The School Bank West Lothian has been successful in going forward for the Tesco Bags of Hope Scheme. Please see below a picture of what it looks like in store. Tesco customers at the Bathgate and the East Calder stores vote for their favourite project each time they...

I have been volunteering at the School Bank for around a year now. It doesn’t take up too much time; the people are friendly and my role is simple… I collect local donations and deliver them to the office. By volunteering, I have seen the kindness and generosity of the people of West Lothian that want to help local families. I hope that by giving some time we can help provide children with the basics so that they’re ready for school, to learn and to keep them warm and dry in the playground.  – Volunteer

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