News & Events
The Transform Team held a Tea Dance for older people on Friday 15 May as part of the intergenerational befriending project. Despite the unseasonably cold weather that day, the event was still extremely successful with over 55 people attending. The event was held in Penicuik Town Hall and we had music from Johnny Jenkins who played piano and got everyone up dancing. 10 young volunteers (aged 14-20) from across Midlothian helped with the event; selling raffle tickets, serving tea and cake and dancing with some of the older people! We plan to hold another one in the summer, so look out for details of this in the coming months. For more information on the Transform Project call 0131 660 1216 or email the team.
Our Beadazzling: Get Ready for Retail project has been running since January 2014 and provides young people in Midlothian the chance to gain practical business skills and experience in a retail environment. The young volunteers involved in the project hand-make all of the stock that we sell, manage the shop and deliver craft workshops.
Beadazzling is currently hoping to secure funding from the Aviva Community Fund so that the project can continue past July 2015. Our chances of securing the funding are down to you – the general public – as the decision is made in part by a public vote.
You can vote for Beadazzling throughout the month of May and can cast 10 votes per person. Click here to cast your votes!
Please do vote for us and encourage others to do the same, so that we can continue our valuable work with young people in Midlothian.
Vote for me because...
"By working with isolated older people across Midlothian to gain the skills they need to be digitally aware, we also help them to feel less alone. Learners describe the benefits as "amazing...life changing".
Volunteer Midlothian’s Connect Online Project supports socially isolated older people across Midlothian, including those housebound and people with dementia. Volunteers help deliver learner led IT instruction to nearly 200 people a year, improving their digital confidence and skills thereby increasing independence and reducing social isolation.
The Kidney Research Shop in Dalkeith urgently need volunteers for the following days.
If you are interested in volunteering or want to find out more contact:
Stephen Dowie on 0131 454 1777.
Volunteers are also needed at Midlothian Community Hospital garden
The MCHG is for anyone who enjoys gardening or being outside. There are jobs to suit all abilities from: sowing, weeding and harvesting vegetables; growing fruit trees and bushes; planting and maintaining herbaceous beds and tree and bulb planting.
Gardening sessions are held on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 10am – 4pm
To find out more contact David Lacey, Gardening Coordinator on 07772 886 746