How can we help you?

People

A suite of volunteer-led services helping you to support your community and help others.

Get Involved

We can all make a difference. Volunteering is a great way to do it. Let us help you find what’s right for you and get you started.

Ask ACCESS

Linking you to non-medical support services across West Dunbartonshire, quickly and with no fuss. Refer yourself or someone else.

APEL Wellbeing

Our umbrella programme brings together a range of volunteer-led activities to help us help each other live well and with more confidence in the community.

Befriending

Telephone and in-person services to reduce loneliness and isolation and open up new opportunities and connections for people to live later life well.

Keeping Active

Free, friendly ways to keep healthy and active across West Dunbartonshire, whatever your mobility. Whether you want to take part or take a lead, have a look.

Toe-To-Toe

A volunteer-led service for West Dunbartonshire residents with difficulty caring for their basic footcare due to age, mobility or living with a health condition.

WD Cares

Following the Covid pandemic, we have developed the West Dunbartonshire Cares Register to help in future emergencies.

Participation

Bringing communities and organisations together to share, work and influence together.

Sector Networking

Having space to meet and network with other local organisations has never been more important. WDCVS offers a range of thematic in-person and virtual, networking opportunities.

Link-Up Portal

Want to share information across the wider West Dunbartonshire public? Using the LinkUp West Dunbartonshire community portal you can share your opportunities and projects and connect with others.

Community Planning

Community planning is about how public bodies work together, and with local communities, to design and deliver better services. The Empowered thematic group is chaired by WDCVS.

RADIAL

To tackle loneliness and isolation we all need to work together. Our RADIAL Conversation sessions, are designed to help us find ways of addressing isolation at community level.

Consultations

Third sector views matter. Help us ensure your voice is properly represented across the range of public consultations, local and national, we respond to each year.

Citizens Assembly

Providing an opportunity for unaligned community members to explore key issues affecting West Dunbartonshire. Helping put the voice of lived experience at the heart of public debate and decision-making.

Dementia Friendly

Dementia Friendly West Dunbartonshire is a community led campaign to improve dementia awareness. Our aim is to help support individuals, groups, agencies and communities to become dementia-friendly.

Performance

Supporting community organisations, charities and social enterprises to be resilient, well-resourced and impactful.

Start-Up Support

Starting a new community group can seem complicated – but don’t be put off. Our COGS (Community Organisations Getting Started) guide and support service is here to help.

Support Surgeries

Together with our telephone helpline, surgery services, delivered in-person or virtually, provide free comprehensive funding and development support for local community and third sector organisations.

ASPIRE

ASPIRE is a free health-check available to local third sector organisations. No pass or fail, just an honest assessment of where you are and what you could do to build better.

Volunteer Experience

Volunteering brings benefits for the volunteer and the organisation they support. A good volunteering experience is crucial. We have a range of tools to help you.

Learning and Skills

We offer a programme of free and low-cost training courses and workshops for voluntary organisations and charities. We can also tailor training to your individual needs.

Community Assets

Developing a strong asset base can help make your organisation more sustainable. Acquiring and managing assets needs careful planning and we are here to help.
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