We know there’s a huge range of third sector activity taking place in communities across the length and breadth of Scotland.

With Charity Town we want to capture a flavour of all this amazing work.

To do so we’ve chosen Bo’ness, a former mining town in West Lothian, to help show the various ways that charities enrich our lives.

Bo’ness has a strong industrial heritage – from trading, ship building and whaling in the 18th century, to coal mining and ironworks in the 20th century.

The current population is 15,000, made up of 7,000 households. According to Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the number of residents per charity is 391.

The town is rich in community and voluntary activity. Some examples include:

Throughout November and December we’ll be visiting the town to discover all the different ways that people are linked to charities.Boness-CT-photocomp-tw

At the same time we’re going to run a photography competition for local people to share their snaps of great charity subjects.

The full picture of Bo’ness Charity Town will be presented at the Gathering, the largest third sector event in the UK.