Day Care Service

The Day Support Service has ceased operating on Saturdays and now meets on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from the 1st March 2014

At ANSWER House we dispense water from Aquaid who support third world countries by supplying wells to provide clean drinking water.

Dementia Cafe

The Dementia Cafe which was formed by a partnership involving ANSWER, Alzheimer Scotland and Carers of West Lothian meets on the second Tuesday of every month at ANSWER House from 2-4pm

£1270 was raised for the group at the Charity Shop in Bathgate during August ‘ 15

The Cafe had a very enjoyable outing to the Living Memory Museum at Ocean Terminal in July and now plan a visit to The Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies on the 13th October’
The Dementia Cafe held its annual Christmas dinner on the 8th December. Following a buffet lunch the group was entertained by Ian Mc Intosh with hie Tommy Cooper style magic tricks, humour and sing-a-longs.


ANSWER has been providing a weekend day care service under the name of Whitdale Saturday Break since April 1994.

Funding was approved by the Scottish Office and West Lothian Social Work Department through the Mental Illness Specific Grant. The group has continued to attract revenue funding from this source as well as local fundraising over the past twelve years. The project has taken place at the Whitdale Day Centre from 10am until 3pm. every Saturday and the daily programme has been provided by a part time coordinator, part time assistant coordinator and team of volunteers most of whom are over the age of sixty.

Following the success of the group, the leaders of Whitburn Pentecostal Church who initiated the project decided that there was a need to increase the service to more clients and on additional days and in 1999 they met with Help the Aged to discuss ways of raising the necessary capital to achieve this target. A contract was signed in January 2000 on completion of a feasibility study and Help the Aged agreed to provide the group with a part time fundraiser free of charge.

The project raised over £500,000 capital for the Day Care building. The Centre hosts three days Dementia Day care, One day dementia café and a weekly Community Café.

West Lothian 50+ Network Choir meets every Thursday evening in the centre.

ANSWER works closely in developing links with health and social services and raising the awareness of the needs of older people in the community. The project helps prevent unnecessary admissions to institutional care as well as educating older people in their rights to welfare benefits and how to access information technology.

The Housing Support Service and MOOD Project offices moved into the new building July ’06.

The Housing Support Service was withdrawn in July 2016 due to the cessation of Council funding.
The Day Support Service now operates on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.