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Glencorse Centre looking for cafe volunteers

Glencorse Centre looking for cafe volunteers

16 Jan 2020

The lovely team at Glencorse Centre are looking for cafe volunteers. The centre is very near to the main Penicuik bus route and not difficult to get to. This is an excellent cafe catering for all members of the local community, and the opportunity would be ideal if you're looking to improve your kitchen skills/experience in a friendly, supportive environment. The café is normally open from 10am-2pm Monday-Friday. The simple menu includes fresh coffee and other drinks, homebaking, soups, sandwiches, toasties and paninis which are prepared on-site. A full induction and training of volunteers will be provided including food handling certification. If you're interested contact Kate Williamson on 01968 670 264 or by emailing 

Home Link Family Support - training for new volunteers in February 2020

09 Jan 2020

Have you ever considered volunteering alongside children and families in Midlothian? If so, now could be the time to take the next step because Home Link Family Support are looking for volunteers. Home Link volunteers visit a family regularly each week to play and read, get out to the park, listen to parents and give them more confidence - and generally to make life more fun!

No experience is necessary, you just need to be over 18, open minded and kindhearted. You will be supported all the way by a coordinator and your expenses will be paid. As part of the induction process new and prospective volunteers will be able to attend a free training course in February 2020. This will give you all the skills to become a really effective volunteer supporting local families with young children.Home Link also offer lots of further optional training in early literacy, Play@Home, first aid, mental health and more. It’s a fantastic experience for a future career.

For further information, contact Jane Ellis on 0131 661 0890 or email:

Christmas opening hours

20 Dec 2019

Volunteer Midlothian is now closed for the holidays and will re-open on Monday 6th January 2020 at 9 a.m. May we also take this opportunity to say a huge thanks to all our volunteers and partner organisations, and to wish everyone a healthy happy Christmas and New Year. See you in 2020!

Core Skills in Volunteer Management

10 Oct 2019

Last month Volunteer Midlothian and Midlothian Voluntary Action hosted 'Core Skills in Volunteer Management' training in Dalkeith. The course - designed and delivered by Volunteer Edinburgh - is a veritable ‘tour de force’ in how to support and manage volunteers. It was great to work in partnership with Volunteer Edinburgh to provide this valuable opportunity to local organisations, whilst learning some really interesting facts about volunteering along the way. For example, did you know that the number of people volunteering at any given time in Scotland tends to sit at around a third of the total population? In Midlothian the rate is currently around 32% according to the most recent data from the Scottish Household Survey (2018), although this does vary considerably depending on the type and duration of volunteering. We also learned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with protected characteristics under the 2010 Equalities Act (for example minority ethnic groups) are less likely to volunteer. The training reminded us that volunteer involving organisations need to be proactive about ensuring that everyone is represented and supported to participate, no matter what background they are from. The CVSM course runs regularly and we would highly recommend attending if you are involved in supporting or managing volunteers. For more info about future dates in Edinburgh, contact Volunteer Edinburgh on 0131 225 0630 or go to this this link

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