Some of our Frequently asked questions.
What is WLFIN?
WLFIN stands for West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network which has been born out of a national initiative to try to ensure that people in the community are not excluded from the community for financial reasons. WLFIN is a network of local and government organisations who work together to further the aims of financial inclusion.
How can WLFIN help me?
We try to help individuals in an indirect way. We provide the “thinking”, if you like, and sometimes assist with finance, to the local organisations who in turn will help you as an individual.
Financial inclusion covers many different things for different people. For instance, some people find it difficult to manage money, and our partners such as the Advice Shop, Citizens Advice Bureau and credit unions can assist in this area. Some people know their money handling and budgeting skills are poor and our partner Adult Basic Education can help.
Other partners cover issues directly affecting young people, elderly people, housing, young mothers, the benefits system, employment issues, banking and many more. If you think you have an issue where finance is involved we can help to steer you in the right direction.
Who is WLFIN?
WLFIN is a registered charity and partnership organisation. Our management committee is made of local councillors and representatives from the business community, voluntary sector and public sector. The committee meet on a regular basis to plan our business.
What have we achieved to date?
WLFIN is committed to raising the awareness of financial inclusion issues. This website is part of that commitment.
Projects supported include:
- “Signpost”, a user-led support organisation for families of young people with additional needs, to prepare marketing material and get their message out to the community.
- We undertook a “crafty with food” project in Summer 2014 and held cooking classes for children in Knightsridge, Breich, Stoneyburn and Armadale. These proved to be very popular with the kids and adults.
- In June 2014 WLFIN awarded the PQASSO Quality Mark at Level 1.
- WLFIN has received funding from VION to fund The Work Experience and Employment Training Scheme (TWEETS) for unemployed people in West Lothian.
- Energy Advice Project - our recently funded energy project has received funding from the Climate Challenge Fund to provide energy advice and support within West Lothian and reduce carbon emissions and household bills as a result.
- Community Advice Project - our advice project continues to be delivered within various areas of West Lothian providing advice and support to residents.
- Budgeting and Financial Workshops for Welfare Reforms - this project has a financial literacy worker based in the community delivering a variety of budgeting and financial workshops and seminars to individuals and groups.
- Free Law Clinic - WLFIN run a Child Law Clinic in partnership with Clan Law on an ‘as required basis’. Clan Law initially offered 3 appointments and 3 people turned up accessing free legal advice and assistance with issues such as benefits appeals, Child Support Agency issues, employment issues and residency cases.