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Get Ready for Volunteering course

Get Ready for Volunteering course

21 Jul 2016

This 4 week course is designed to help individuals with mental health difficulties find out more about volunteering.  The course is designed to help people feel better prepared and more ready to volunteer, but there is no pressure to start volunteering on its completion.

It will be delivered at the VOCAL office at Hardengreen, starting on Tuesday 23rd August 10.30am-12.30pm.

For more information click here.

UPower Volunteer Open Event

11 Jul 2016

UPower is a project run by Rural & Urban Training Scheme (RUTS) in Midlothian. UPower is committed to helping people in Midlothian 'lead happier & healthier lives’. To achieve this they want people to start using active travel methods like cycling. They are looking to recruit volunteers to help people consider and take action on their overall carbon footprint through carbon and energy saving activities. The UPower team will be delivering activities until March 2017, including attending public events where they will display their Skills track and offer cycle smoothies & pedal cinema amongst other bike related activities. They are also looking for volunteers to help with their main campaign called ‘Midlothian to the Moon’, where they are encouraging the people of the region to cycle the equivalent distance as a journey to the Moon. 

UPower are hosting an open event this Friday 15th July from 10 - 11.30am at their offices in Newtongrange: Rural and Urban Training Scheme Ltd., Former Central Workshops, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, EH22 4QN. This event is for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering with the project. There will be the chance to try out the Skills track and also chat with the staff to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available. 

For more information contact Neil Stoddart, Volunteer Coordinator on 07930 369 574 or email


Lasswade PHAB Club receive Queen's Award

27 Jun 2016

The Lasswade High School PHAB Club, which has served Midlothian for almost 40 years, has received the highest award in the UK for a voluntary group. Earlier this month Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the club. The group works in the community to provide social and educational opportunities for people with additional support needs.

It is based in the school to provide a relaxed club environment while encouraging the integration and education of adults resident in Midlothian who have additional support needs. The PHAB Club was established in 1978 and meets every Wednesday evening during school term.

Club chairman Moira Wilson and vice-chairman Sheila Johnston will be attending a garden party at Holyrood in July where they will meet the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Moira added: “We are thrilled and excited to receive this prestigious award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers that the club has remained in existence for so many years and our volunteers and members are all very proud to have been be recognised in this way.”

Sir Robert Clerk added: “I am delighted that the wonderful volunteers who run Lasswade High School PHAB Club have received the accolade of a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Whilst some of the volunteers have been involved with the club for many years others, including senior school pupils, have through it been given an opportunity to give a little of their time to make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than themselves and in doing so have also benefitted greatly.”

The PHAB Club is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.


Community Links Befriendees celebrate turning 100!

23 Jun 2016

In the past month, two of our Community Links Project befriendees have celebrated their 100th birthdays! Stephen Murray enjoyed a celebration with his family, friends and befriender Darren Hogg.

Bessie Kane enjoyed a celebration this morning with volunteers Margaret Hunter and Emma Sinclair ahead of her birthday this Sunday.


Congratulations to you both on reaching such a milestone from all at Volunteer Midlothian!

For more information on our Community Links Project click here

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