West Lothian Women’s Aid was established as a volunteer group in 1980, split between Bathgate and Livingston Districts.
The first accommodation was based in Bathgate and many people will still remember the “BAD” group, Bathgate and District Women’s Aid, presence in the Starlaw Cottage.
Although we have since relocated this was the start of our journey.
As our service demands increased both groups joined forces and formed, what you recognise today, as West Lothian Women’s Aid and we moved to our office in Dedridge in 1984 where we still work from today.
We adopted the Lilac Rose logo which incorporates our main charity colours, a Scottish influence of the Mackintosh rose and a nod to the Venus symbol highlighting the feminist view point which underpins the charity.
We support over 160 women each year and with West Lothian ranked 9th in the country for incidents of reported domestic abuse (Police Scotland 2015/16) there has never been more need for our service.
We were given SCIO status in October 2016 and were most recently awarded a 4 for Quality of Care and 5 for Quality of Staffing during the last Care Inspectorate inspection.
The charity are proud to have been awarded the National Service Standard by Scottish Women’s Aid.
The Next Step
The charity are working towards the LGBT Charter of Rights Bronze Award with the help of LGBT Youth Scotland which involves reshaping our policies and practices to represent all women regardless of sexuality or birth gender.