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Season’s Greetings from all at Volunteer Midlothian

Season’s Greetings from all at Volunteer Midlothian

19 Dec 2014

Season’s Greetings from all at Volunteer Midlothian. Our office will close on Friday 19 December and re-open on Monday 5 January. 

We look forward to working with you in 2015.


12 Dec 2014

Age Scotland urgently need volunteers to cover a variety of hours in their Dalkeith Shop. Volunteers can be involved in processing and merchandising stock, serving the public, cash handling and giving general assistance.  The opportunity gives volunteers valuable experience for future employment by providing worthwhile and interesting work.  Training and out of pocket expenses provided.

To find out more pop into the shop at 13 High Street, Dalkeith or call 0131 663 7947

Bield Appeals for Volunteers in Gorebridge

05 Dec 2014

A retirement housing development in Midlothian is looking for new volunteers to help expand  the social activities offered to tenants.

Bield is appealing for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers to help out with the engaging programme at Emily Court in Gorebridge.

The social activity programme is central to Bield’s “free to be” ethos, which lets people make their own decisions about how they live their lives while also being there to support them when they need it.

Volunteers are needed on Wednesday between 9.30am and 11.30am to help out with the weekly coffee morning, as well as on Thursdays from 10.30am until noon to help out with a social morning.

Ian Bell, a tenant at the development, said of Bield’s social activity initiative: “I really love my life here at Emily Court.

“The social activities that are available are great because they help to get me out and about and they offer company and people to talk to.”

Donna Dickson, Volunteer Development Assistant for Bield, agrees that the initiative is vital in encouraging social activity amongst tenants.

Donna said: “This programme, whether it’s a bingo night or just time spent catching up, really enriches the lives of our tenants.

“We are constantly striving to adapt, evolve and enhance the social activities that we can provide for the tenants at Emily Court as it is always worth it to see them enjoying themselves and having fun.

“The support they receive from the volunteers encourages them to continue to socialise and interact with the other tenants and helps gives tenants a real sense of community.”

If you are over 16 and interested in becoming part of team dedicated to enriching the lives of older people in Scotland, please get in touch.  For more information, call Donna on 07887 796 744, or 0131-273-4095, or email

Afternoon Tea and Entertainment

28 Nov 2014

Volunteer Midlothian's Community Links Befriending Project Afternoon Tea and Entertainment - 30 October 2014.

Lloyds TSB  enabled the Community Links Befriending Project to bring clients together socially from both the one to one befriending and the dementia groups.  This has been the first opportunity for the participants from the two projects  to meet together for this  type of event.

Lloyds TSB has been very supportive from the initial planning stages through to the deliver on the day.  Lloyds  understanding of our participants needs enabled us to organise  such a successful event .  Financial support for transportation to and from the event and  providing a volunteer facilitator at each table  enabled full engagement of all the participants. 

Community Links would like to thank Kat Wright and all the  fabulous volunteers from Lloyds TSB  plus Ross and Mags from Volunteer Midlothian for facilitating the event. 

This is what some attendees said –

“All mixed together well, the food was lovely and it was nice to get together and get out for the afternoon. “  

“Had a laugh, enjoyable, brilliant, when’s the next one?” 

“Great help getting a lift to the venue – excellent.  Nice making more friends….very well organised"

“Good work on behalf of volunteers, very friendly and helpful staff from Lloyds Bank were great.”



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