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Autumn Training Programme

Autumn Training Programme

26 Sep 2016

We have now launched our Autumn Training Programme for Volunteer Managers. We are offering a variety of low-cost training courses based on feedback from local organisations. Courses offered include Emergency First Aid, PVG Awareness and Evaluation Support Scotland workshops. 

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Volunteer Recruitment Fair

23 Sep 2016

Our latest Recruitment Fair was held on Thursday 22 September at the Arts Centre in Dalkeith. The event was attended by over 100 local people and 20 organisations held stalls promoting their volunteering opportunities including: Sporting Memories Network, Marie Curie, Penicuik YMCA, Rosewell Development Trust, Home Link Family Support, Cats Protection & MELD (Mid and East Lothian Drugs).

Feedback from stallholders:

"Great day yesterday, lots of positive conversation with potential volunteers and great networking." Fiona Inglis, Rosewell Development Trust

"Very well organised. A worthwhile event. Made a few contacts with potential volunteers and other organisations. Will return next year." Kate Williamson, Glencorse Centre

"Well organised, good attendance, good opportunity to network with other third sector organisations." Neil Stoddart, RUTS

"Good networking opportunities as well as promotion. Lots of people said they were interested or would consider their options." Susan Kerr, Plusone Mentoring Midlothian

Feedback from interested volunteers:

"Good buzz about event & excellent assortment of opportunities. Well attended from a broad range of folk." 

"Very good choice of opportunities."

"Great to have all organisation in same room!"

"Really interesting! Very nice people."




LINKnet Mentoring is Recruiting New Mentors

15 Sep 2016

The next mentor training is on 1st October 10am- 4pm at LINKnet’s office: 31 Guthrie Street, EH1 1JG, Edinburgh.

This is an exciting opportunity to give something back to the community.

LINKnet are looking to recruit volunteers to work as mentors to help minority ethnic mentees to access employment, further education, personal development or to improve English and the knowledge of various aspects of life in Scotland.

Mentors are required to take a full day training and then to help a mentee for two to three hours per week (one day) for up to six months or less

Mentoring can bring you personal satisfaction and improve your own professional skills and employability.

If you are keen in becoming a mentor please contact: David Ashimolowo for further information

LINKnet mentoring on 0131 261 4463/0131 225 7970

Or email:


This project is jointly funded by the Equality Fund of the Scottish Government

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The following aspects are covered at the training

1. Brief introduction of LINKnet

2. Concept of mentoring

3. Planning of mentoring

4. Personal Development mentoring

5. Employment mentoring

6. Education mentoring

7. Cultural diversity

8. Boundaries and confidentiality

9. Application & CV

10.Interview and presentation

Provost Civic Reception

01 Sep 2016

The Provost of Midlothian is having a Civic Reception to celebrate Midlothian’s Volunteers.  We are looking for 2 nominations who can be invited from each organisation. The Provost’s Civic Reception for Volunteers will be held on Wednesday 12 October, 6.30 to 8.30pm in Lasswade High School Centre, Lasswade.  All nominations to be sent to Dorothy Wright by 14 September 2016 and an official invite will follow.  Please note that the nominees should not have attended this event before.

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