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Volunteering Survey 2016

Volunteering Survey 2016

27 Apr 2016

We are carrying out a survey to form a better picture of volunteering activity in Midlothian. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and you don’t have to be currently volunteering or have previously volunteered to take part. Volunteering can be formal or informal and is about giving your time and skills, without pay,  to help other people, the local community and very importantly yourself! 

By completing the survey, you can also enter our prize draw to win a £25 Amazon voucher. We will select the winner on Friday 27 May. 

Click here to take part.

Thank you for your help!


Love Being in the Garden?

22 Apr 2016

Have some free time at the weekend?

Then you might be interested in volunteering this summer with Cyrenians at our Community Garden.

Midlothian Community Hospital Garden

First Saturday of the Month.

10am - 1pm

Sat 7th May

Sat 4th June

Sat 2nd July

Interested? Contact Michala on 07772 886 746 or email

No need to book, just come along, Everyone welcome, Dress for the weather and bring gloves if you have them, all other tools provided along with refreshments. We hope you can make it.

Spring Garden Event

29 Mar 2016

We held our Spring Event in our Community Garden at Dalkeith Country Park on Tuesday 29 March. The garden is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers as part of the Midlothian Growing Together project.

Over 80 people attended the event and thankfully the weather stayed bright for us! There were a variety of activities on offer including an Easter egg hunt, face painting, making a bird kebab and planting a seed. There was also a plant sale, refreshments and the chance to win an Easter hamper. Well done to Laura Craig who correctly guessed the name of the Easter bunny as Nibbler and won the hamper!

For more information about getting involved with the Midlothian Growing Together project, please contact Kat Dunlop on 0131 660 1216 or email

Congratulations to Community Links Client & Befriender!

24 Mar 2016

Congratulations to Mr Stephen Murray and well done to our Community Links Befriending volunteer Darren Hogg.

Darren collated all the required information, assisted Stephen in filling in the forms from the British Legion and notified the MOD so Stephen could receive his Legion D’Honneur Insignia.  A medal only given to veterans involved in D Day. 

99 year old Stephen, through Darrens great help, was presented, by order of the Republic of France,  the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre National de la Legion D’Honneur by the French Vice Consul – Scotland Madame Emeline Javierre. The presentation ceremony was held on March 4th In Rockville Hotel, Joppa.

On June 1st 1944 Stephen embarked SS Clan Lamont. The ship sailed for Normandy and on the 6th June Stephen was dropped 200 yards from Juno Beach  where he and fellow comrades bravely waded to shore.

Darren has been visiting Stephen every week since October 2015 to offer companionship to a fellow veteran and enjoys listening to all his stories. Darren, originally from Newcastle, says it is an honour to visit someone like Stephen but both laugh when they say they enjoy sharing a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale together.

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