Strategic Overview

Our Town. Our Future. Our Choice.

Our Aim

To make Linlithgow a better place to live and work, through a community led plan of action which provides services, amenities and/or financial support to local initiatives. 

Our Priorities

Our staff, trustees and volunteers are all local people focusing on projects prioritised by local people. We work with people of all ages across the whole population via a variety of different events, services and programmes. We focus these in the key focus areas of Climate Action and Community Development.

Climate Action Activities

Community Development Activities

  • Circular Economy:
  • Providing information on local recycling
  • Collecting for terracycle schemes
  • Running Linlithgow Tool Library, Community Shed, Repair and Reuse Cafes and ReFAB workshops
  • One off events to encourage re-use (such as clothes swaps)
  • Active Travel/Sustainable Transport:
  • Promote and run events to encourage walking, wheeling, cycling and electric vehicles through:
  • the West Lothian Cycle Circuit
  • Working with other local cycling/wheeling/walking organisations
  • Ebike rental scheme-car, e-car group
  • Utilise our e-van for community use
  • Energy:
  • Develop opportunities for expansion of renewable energy locally on commercial and community buildings including our Linlith-Go Solar project
  • Provide learning opportunities & energy advice
  • Local Growing Projects
  • Promote and develop local food and tree planting projects in collaboration with Burgh Beautiful, LADAS,  our Farmily project and local food producers
  • Bringing local people together through:
  • Health and wellbeing activities, particularly for older people
  • Employability activities, particularly for the younger population
  • Regular surveys/community consultation events
  • Providing volunteering opportunities within the trust and promoting other volunteering opportunities locally
  • Host peer support groups such as ‘meet up’ groups
  • Developing My Linlithgow as the town’s website to promote all things local
  • Bringing organisations/community groups and businesses together to encourage collaboration:
  • Fostering positive relationships and developing strategic partnerships with public/private/third sector and funders
  • Holding learning and networking events on key issues/areas of interest
  • Collaborating and contributing in to town wide strategies e.g. community wealth building and local place plans
  • Supporting Local Initiatives:
  • Offering a community space where individuals and groups can regularly meet and work together.
  • Signposting, advising and supporting new project ideas.
  • Sharing information via our communication channels.
  • Co-ordinating/supporting emergency responses

Our Principles

    • To build a Community that takes pride in and manages its local assets on behalf of the local community
    • To capture and build community passion, enthusiasm, ideas and skills
    • To ensure our work is financially and environmentally sustainable
    • To work closely with local people and in partnership with local groups to complement and not to duplicate efforts already underway.

    Our Trust

    The town’s residents created the Linlithgow Community Development Trust in 2012 and the resulting projects are designed to benefit the local community of Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge. The Trust is a company limited by guarantee owned by members of the trust. Membership is open to everyone as defined within the Trust’s constitution. The Trust is charged with ensuring that projects are delivered and operated on a sustainable basis with any profits re-invested into the same community.

    Our Membership

    Membership is free and personal liability is restricted to £1.
    Full and Associate membership can be taken out by anyone who lives locally or who supports the aims of the trust. Our success depends on involving people who share our vision, principles and who will stand up for our community.

    To get involved in the work of the Trust, contact us, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you.