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NEW Connect Online Group needs Helpers

NEW Connect Online Group needs Helpers

25 Nov 2014

A pilot project will start in January 2015 to help adult learners who need IT skills to help them complete job and other application forms online.  We are looking for volunteers to share their IT skills in informal drop-in sessions, one to one sessions and at a new computer club.  There will be drop in IT Skills sessions on a Monday when the CAB are also available at Gorebridge Library. There will also be a new Connect Online Computer Club on a Friday morning. Training is available for volunteers with dates in December and January.

For more information please contact Una Paterson on 0131 660 1216 or email at

Midlothian Local & Family History Day

18 Nov 2014
Midlothian Local & Family History Day
Saturday 22nd November 10am – 3pm
National Mining Museum, Newtongrange EH22 4QN
Activities for the whole family
Admission FREE


2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. To commemorate and remember those who died a group of volunteers have been working with Midlothian Local and Family History Library and Volunteer Midlothian  on The Midlothian Remembers project .

The project, funded by the’ Scottish Library and Information Council’ and the ‘Heritage Lottery Fund’, has recorded all the World War 1 memorials in Midlothian and researched the individuals named on memorials to create an online Midlothian Roll of Honour. The volunteers spent many hours trying to track down the missing casualties and without their hard work and dedication the project would never have been completed.

On 22nd November the online ‘Midlothian Roll of Honour’ will be officially launched and available for everyone to use via Midlothian Council’s website.


Midlothian Community Mediation – Volunteer Recruitment

12 Nov 2014

Closing date for applications 28th November 2014

Midlothian Community Mediation is recruiting volunteers for its Neighbourhood and Family Mediation Service.  Applications are welcome from people of all ages and to help in the development of the Family Service local young people are encouraged to apply.

Volunteers are offered high quality, accredited training and ongoing supervision and support.

To find out more about the role contact Helen Graham on 0131 271 3617


AGM 2014

12 Nov 2014

Our Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 5th November at the Welfare Hall, Dalkeith. Following the business session, presentations were delivered by, Lorraine McAuley, Get Ready for Retail – Beadazzling Project and Mags Bryan, Community Links Dementia Project.  

Both of these projects are run by Volunteer Midlothian.

The Get Ready for Retail Project won Peoples Millions funding and opened a pop up jewellery shop called Beadazzling in Dalkeith during the summer of 2014.  Lorraine praised the brilliant and inspiring young volunteers who are involved and also expressed thanks for the support received from local people and organisations who have voted for the Project in the Peoples Millions and who continue to give support.


The Community Links Dementia Project has a variety of group set up which run with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.  Through successful partnership working with the Citadel Arts Group for the work with the Retelling Our Stories Project and cross generational work which had developed with Kings Park Primary School, the Project was awarded the Age Scotland, Patrick Brooks Award for Partnership working in October 2014. 

To download a copy of Highlights of 2014 click here

In her speech, Anne Moodie, Director of Volunteer Midlothian said,

“We need to remind ourselves why we do what we do! We often forget what a privilege it is to help meet the needs of our clients. It can feel a bit clichéd to talk about the benefits of volunteering – I know that I sit at meetings and feel like a broken record sometimes –but I will never apologise for reinforcing this message. You only have to reflect on our work to see how volunteering can change lives”.

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