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Local information section logoLocal Area Co-ordination

What is Local Area Co-ordination?

Local Area Co-ordination is based on a vision of a society where disabled people and their carers are valued as full and equal members of the community.

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In Midlothian, Local Area Co-ordinators work alongside Children and adults (up to 64 years) with a learning disability; physical disability; sensory impairment; and their families. We work alongside people to enable them to become more confident, supporting them to achieve their dreams and to build good lives. We also work alongside communities, groups and organisations, supporting them to become more welcoming and inclusive.

What Local Area Co-ordinators do: Information Logo

Local Area Co-ordinators provide information and invest time in understanding what a good life looks like to the individual or family, and how they could get there. LAC helps people to build their own capacity and connections, so that they can stay strong and independent. LAC enables people to build new community connections or capacity where they don’t exist.

Get in touch.

If you want to find out more, please get in touch. Our contact details are:

Catherine Catherine Acton

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07889 456 267

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Carrie Carrie Poole

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07892 770 079

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Stuart Stuart MacIntosh

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07889 456 264

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Caroline Caroline Rodgers

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07753 316 885

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TEL (with answer machine): Telephone logo 0131 454 1785
Midlothian Local Area Co-ordination
Enable Scotland
1b Colliery Court
McSence Business Park
32 Sycamore Road
Midlothian EH22 5TA
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Local information section logoLocal Groups

Beeslack Family Club

Beeslack Family Club logo Beeslack Family Club has been running for over 30 years. Beeslack Family Club started as a Pilot Project in April 1985. The aim of the club is to provide a range of activities for “children and adults with additional support needs.” The club creates opportunities that enable members and their families to integrate socially, recreationally and educationally as well as providing a vital consistent space for families to take part in activities without restrictions.

Over the years we have expanded somewhat and currently we offer a variety of activities such as cookery, arts & crafts, woodwork, swimming, computers, music, TV, pool and coffee bar. We cater for all types of special needs, it doesn’t matter the degree of ability. Everyone is treated equal and we provide a fully supported environment where everyone can actively participate in the family members and friends to come and join you.

Beeslack Community High School,
Edinburgh Road,
EH26 0QF
Telephone logo 01968 673893

The Breathe Easy Group

Balloon seller coughingFor people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A fully supported network by the British Lung Foundation. They support people with chest problems and instruct on methods to help ease the pain of breathing and breathlessness.

Contact George Worrell for more information Tel: Telephone logo 01875-823-323

Meet first Tuesday of every month at
4-6 White Hart Street,
EH22 1AE

B r e a t h e E a s y

British Lung Foundation Supported Network

Bright Sparks

Bright Sparks Logo Rainbow with brightly coloured text Bright Sparks Play Groups for children with additional support need in Midlothian based in Bonnyrigg, they support children from birth to 25 years with pre-school play groups, out of school clubs, school holiday club, sibling groups and lunch and play clubs.

Bright Sparks vision for the future is to continue to develop our family centre for play provision and their families. Bright Sparks will continue to build an increasingly diverse and responsive programme of activities, maximizing the use of our resources and assets, while maintaining our core ethos of family support.

King George V Park,
Midlothian, EH19 2AD
Telephone logo 0131-663-5172

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Café Connect

Café Connect, Dalkeith’s vibrant community Café run by Forward Mid (with generous support of Midlothian’s LAC Group) gives people with disabilities a chance to meet up to talk and listen. We all have different things to bring and our own stories.

Café Connect is a great place to find out useful information about a whole range of relevant supports and services eg

Welfare Reform, Access Issues, Self- Directed Support, or just turn up for a coffee, tea and cake on the house!


 cafe Coffee cupIt’s a friendly gathering where everyone is welcome. A place where you can listen in, or share your story!

When: Covid_19 has placed this group on hold until we work out how to meet safely.
Where: Café Connect
The venues to be confirmed as vulnarable people are included in this group.
For more information Telephone logo 0131 663 9471

Can Do

Leonard Cheshire Disability LogoCan Do is a project run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, which enables people aged 16-35 who have a disability, mental health issue or long-term health condition to get involved in community volunteering. Can Do caters for all interests and abilities and can create bespoke projects for a one-off event or on a longer term basis. Volunteering will build your confidence and skills, and allow you meet new people and try new experiences in a fully supported environment while benefitting other groups of society. It is free to participate. Go on, you Can Do it!

As the country has moved into a new lockdown at the start of 2021, Can Do has moved most of the community activities that we usually run onto digital platforms – keeping people connected in a fun and engaging way.

What’s in it for you?

  • Learn and develop new skills.
  • Build self-confidence and independence.
  • Meet new people and make new friends.
  • Raise awareness on issues that are important to you.

For information on opportunities contact :
Louise Muir,
Can Do Programme Coordinator for Lothian
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Tel: Telephone logo 07525 800 289.

Connecting Midlothian Socially

Enable Scotland logoConnecting Midlothian Socially in partnership with Midlothian LAC (Enable Scotland) and Thera Scotland.

Thera Scotland logoLike to get out and meet new people, then come along to the CMS disco at the Mayfield Community Club on the 1st Friday of each month. Running from 19:00 hrs to 22:30 hrs. It is a great way to spend time with your friends and also make new friends.

For further information contact – Stuart Telephone logo 07889 456 264 (Enable Scotland)


Alzheimer Scotland LogoThe D-Café offers a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment for people with dementia and their carers. The Community Activities Organiser provides a range of engaging activities for people with dementia, as well as running a specific Carers Support Group from 13:00 hrs -14:00 hrs, during the Café.

The Café is a great opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances for advice, information and support and to make valuable social connections.

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, from 12:00 hrs to 14:30 hrs.

Dalkeith Baptist Church,
8 North Wynd,
Dalkeith, EH22 1JE
Telephone logo 0131 654 1114

Easy Does It

Gentle Tai Chi RepresentationDoes a bit of relaxation, hand and arm massage, gentle Tai Chi and music that inspires sound good to you? It did to some people who were looking for just that type of thing and helped develop Easy Does It!

The Easy Does It! Group is an inclusive group that aims to help show how exercise and relaxation can improve physical and mental well-being and gives people an opportunity to meet new faces.

Places become available occasionally, anyone who wants to find out more contact Catherine Acton Local Area Co-ordination Office Telephone logo 0131 454 1785.


Get 2 gether logo black text with a red number 2Get2Gether believe that everyone has the right to love and friendship. We also believe that people meeting should be easy, fun and accessible.

Get2gether arrange social activities for people with disabilities in safe friendly places in Edinburgh and the Lothians, Ping Pong, Speed dating dancing and meals out.

Free Membership required over 18 only.

The Thistle Foundation,
13 Queen’s Walk,
Edinburgh, EH16 4AE
Telephone logo 07867 179023

Gorebridge Community Café

Gorebridge Community Café with Tea potA welcoming place where people can again build the idea of real community spirit in “Gorebridge”. The café is staffed by local volunteers from Gorebridge, mostly from Mary’s Over 50’s forum, and welcomes all local residents. “We aim to be fully inclusive”, said Mary, “welcoming young people, older people, mums and children, disabled people and those who may feel isolated at home. We even hope to get some residents along from the nearby Newbyres local care home....What a difference it makes for an older person, who doesn’t have much going on in their week, for a bit of connection, a blether and sense of belonging over a cup of tea”. There is a small charge to cover costs.

The Café is open Fridays 10am till 12 noon. All welcome.
Gorebridge Parish Church Hall,
100 Hunterfield Road
EH23 4TT
Mary Webb
Telephone logo 01875 820 094

Lothian's Veterans’ Centre

Lothian's Veterans’ Centre was officially opened on November 15th 2014 by Col. Martin Gibson, Chief Executive of Veterans’ Scotland.

Our Origins

The charity was originally founded in July 2009 as The Mark Wright Project and was first located at Hardengreen Industrial Estate, Midlothian. The charity was designed to meet the need for a veterans drop-in centre with no appointment necessary allowing complex needs to be catered for in an environment which is familiar and friendly.

The LVC aims first and foremost, to create a welcoming & friendly environment, providing person-centred support for ex-service personnel and their families across Edinburgh and the Lothian's.

Lothian Veterans’ LogoThe continuous reassessments of our service delivery, highlighted a desire for a location more accessible to the veterans’ community, subsequently moving to the centre of Dalkeith in March 2013. This move has clearly proved popular as the numbers of Veterans’ just “dropping in” for a chat has increased significantly.

Our Partnership Working has increased ten-folds as a result of relocating. Key agencies including; Dalkeith Job Centre, Midlothian Council, Dalkeith Citizens Advice Bureau all recognise the importance of the LVC to ex-service personnel and can easily signpost without any lengthy referral processes and all within a stones throwing distance of our centre.

Lothian's Veterans’ Centre
11 Eskdaill court
EH22 3NX
Tel: Telephone logo 0131-660-5537
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Midlothian Peoples Equality Group (MPEG)

MPEG is a registered charity. We are a friendly group of local people who have experience of, and aim to learn about and challenge, different forms of discrimination related to age, disability, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and socio-economic background.

MPEG is directed by a steering group of local people representing diverse local interests including kinship carers, disabled people, young people, older people, people from ethnic minorities and people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities.

Midlothian Peoples Equality Group logo

Together We Aim To:

  • Promote equality and challenge prejudice;
  • Build relationships across Midlothian communities of interest where people feel valued and trusted;
  • Provide a platform for Midlothian people to:
  • Learn, educate, and communicate about local equality issues of concern and interest;
  • Have a voice in local policy and planning.


We meet on the first Thursday of the month in Fairfield House in Dalkeith, 4.30 – 6.00 pm
Telephone logo 0131 270 5695 for further details

SJKP Community Café

Saint John’s and Kings Park Church Cafe logoA Monday Café, from 09:30 hrs until 13:30 hrs.

SJKP Community Café was started with an independent grant on the premise to welcome visitors and friends.

As a non-profit Café all monies raised are used to bless the community by releasing donations to local charities sympathetic with Saint John’s & Kings Park Church aims.

The Café operate a suspended Coffee Scheme- Every coffee purchased another one is donated to someone who cannot afford it.

SJKP hope you enjoy the Community Café.

Pat Thorpe
31 Eskbank Road,
Dalkeith EH22 1HJ
Telephone logo 0131 660 5871

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Local information section logoLothian Centre for Inclusive Living

The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) is a user-led, disabled people‘s organisation that provides a range of services to enable disabled people in Edinburgh and the Lothian’s to live independently in the community of their choice. Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL) works with disabled people to take control of their own lives support their choice to take up their rights and enable their full participation in society. Our services include:

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL’s) Services include:

  • LCiL Independent Living LogoIndependent Living Support - Providing you with information and one-to-one support to manage your own self-directed package,
  • LCil Payroll Service LogoPayroll & Financial Management Service - Wages processing and administration if you employ your own personal assistants (PAs). Enhanced support to help you budget and plan, make payments and manage paperwork,
  • LCiL Training servicesTraining Services - For individuals organisations, on topics such as Disability Equality and Self-Directed Support. Skills Training for disabled employers and PAs,
  • LCiL Living and work ChoicesLiving and Work Choices - Free courses to help you explore options for the future, and gain practical skills for independent living if you’re a disabled adult in the Lothian's,
  • LCiL’s Champions - A group of service users who’re trained and supported to share their life experience of independent living and Self-Directed Support.

LCIL Logo green circles title witj Rights And Choices textTo find out more, contact us at:
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living
Norton Park,
57Albion Road,
EH7 5QY,
Telephone logo 0131-475-2350 (10am-4pm)
Fax: Signing Symbol 0131 475 2392
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Local information section logoMidlothian Disability Access Panel

  • Do you experience a disability?
  • Are you a carer?
  • Are you affected by disability?
  • Would you appreciate more information about disability?
  • Do you want a real say in access matters in Midlothian?
  • Would you like to be involved in decisions that affect you?
  • Do you think you are given enough thought and consideration by those who make the decisions?
  • Do you want your ideas to be heard and understood?

Then join Midlothian Disability Access Panel and have your voice heard.

Contact: Mike Harrison, Chair;

Telephone logo 0131 448 0930
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Contact: Karl Vanters, Secretary to the Panel

Telephone logo 0790 305 9074 or
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So what is an Access Panel?

Local groups of volunteers, including disabled people, carers and people with genuine interest in access who work for better access for disabled people in their local community. Our panel is involved in many of the following:

  • Reviewing building standards/ planning applications
  • Being the first point of contact with local authorities and other public bodies on access issues.
  • We meet locally within Midlothian 3 to 4 times a year.
  • Publish Access guides and leaflets and posters to raise awareness

What is expected of you as a volunteer?

Local groups of volunteers, including disabled people, carers and people with a genuine interest in access who work for better access for disabled people in their local community. Our panel is involved in many of the following:

An image of a design flaw a step up to a wheelchair hoist to enter houseReviewing building standards/ planning applications. Being the first point of contact with local authorities and other public bodies on access issues.

We meet locally within Midlothian 3 to 4 times a year. We Publish Access guides and leaflets and posters to raise awareness.

What is expected of you as a volunteer?

You are not obliged to serve on the committee you can simply be a member of the panel and become involved when something interests you.

You can become a member of the panel committee and give the time and commitment that you are comfortable with. Do not overload yourself.

For details of meetings and more information please visit Most of all enjoy your time on the panel.

Midlothian Access Guide

There quite a few entries online. You can select a particular business or a type (cafés, undertakers etc) and it will tell you about access arrangements (steps, doors, hearing loops etc) to help you plan your visits. Over the next year it will be extended to other towns and a wider range of premises. and follow the menu to ‘Access Guide’

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Local information section logoMidlothian Financial Inclusion Network

MFIN is a network of agencies working in Midlothian to promote financial inclusion. Our membership includes the local CAB and a wide range of advice providers. Statutory agencies such as Midlothian Council, NHS Lothian and the DWP attend our meetings. MFIN is a charity and a company limited by guarantee, run by a Board of Directors.

MFIN’s key objective is,“To relieve poverty and to advance public education in all matters relating to the management of personal finances.”

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Financial inclusion means access for individuals to appropriate financial products and services. This includes people having the skills, knowledge and understanding to make best use of our products and services.

MFIN provides a range of networking opportunities, information, and training to staff supporting clients on low incomes. In recent years a large focus of our work has been around the welfare reform changes.

If you would like to find out more about MFIN, see our website at or the MFIN staff can be contacted via the Midlothian Voluntary Action office Tel: Telephone logo 0131 663 9471

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Local information section logoMidlothian voluntary Action

Midlothian Voluntary Action logo Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) provides support, guidance and representation for third sector organisations working in Midlothian. This includes grassroots community groups, charities and social enterprises.

We do this by:

  • Providing free one to one development support.
  • Delivering an annual programme of training, workshops and networking events.
  • Distributing news and information via our e-bulletins and social media.
  • Running the Third Sector Forum and giving a voice to the sector within Midlothian’s Community Planning Partnership.

MVA’s Community Care Development Worker supports the Midlothian Older People’s Assembly, and Forward Mid.

Midlothian Voluntary Action is part of Midlothian Third Sector Interface (TSI). The TSI also consists of Volunteer Midlothian and the Social Enterprise Alliance Midlothian, and is the main point of contact for the Scottish Government on third sector issues in Midlothian.

We have accessible meeting space at our offices at
4-6 White Hart Street,
Dalkeith, EH22 1AE.

MVA can be contacted at email symbol More information on MVA is available on our website:

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Local information section logoRadar Key (National Key Scheme)

Radar Key imageOpening doors to independent living

The National Key Scheme (NKS) offers disabled people independent access to locked public toilets around the country. Toilets fitted with National Key Scheme (NKS) locks can now be found in shopping centres, pubs, cafés, department stores, bus and train stations. Alternative costs: Without VAT - £4.50 For more information please visit Forward Mid are also selling the Radar Key at cost £4.50 from 4-6 White Hart Street, Dalkeith EH22 1AE. 0131 663 9471

In the past the Radar Key Scheme ran checks to ensure only disabled people could buy these keys. Now they can be bought on Amazon at, Age UK at and also at

There is a new website to check for both Accessible Toilets and also Changing Places Toilets there are Apps to download to Mobile devices.:

Changing Place Toilets Midlothian

Dalkeith Arts Centre, EH22 1DY

Dobbies Garden World, Lasswade EH18 1AZ

Ikea, Loanhead EH20 9BY

Newbattle Community Campus EH22 4SX

Radar Key Aceessible Toilets in Midlothian

Blacksmiths Forge JD Wetherspoon, Dalkeith EH22 1DU

Buccleuch, Dalkeith EH22 1HZ

Aceessible Toilets in Midlothian

Bonnyrigg Medical Centre EH19 2ET

Lasswade Leisure Centre EH19 2NE

Pitcairn Centre, Bonnyrigg EH19 2ES

Dalkeith 4 Eskdaill Street EH22 1LB

Dalkeith Community Campus EH22 2PS

Dalkeith Medical Centre EH22 1AP

McDonalds, Eskbank EH22 3FU

Midlothian Community Hospital EH22 3ND

Morrisons, Dalkeith EH22 1HQ

Resteration Yards, Dalkeith EH22 1ST

Saint John’s & Kings Park Church EH22 1HJ

Tesco, Hardengreen EH22 3PP

Beacon, Gorebridge EH23 4TT

Newbyres Medical Centre, Gorebridge EH23 4TP

Asda, Loanhead EH20 9NY

Costa Coffee, Loanhead EH20 9QY

Loanhead Leisure Centre EH20 9LA

McDonalds Loanhead EH20 9PW

Matalan, Loanhead EH20 9QY

Next, Loanhead EH20 9PW

Sainsbury, Loanhead EH20 9PW

Mining Museum, Lady Victoria, Newtongrange EH22 4QN

Newtongrange Leisure Centre EH22 4PG

Penicuik 1 Bank Street Penicuik EH26 9BG

Penicuik Leisure Centre EH26 9EP

Tesco, Penicuik EH26 8NP

If you know of any more, please inform Forward Mid. If travelling to England you can check and see if you would benefit from purchasing one.

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Local information section logoSport

Active Midlothian

Active Midlothian LogoActive Midlothian work with a variety of partners to provide opportunities for children and adults with a physical, learning or sensory disability to take part and excel in a variety of sports, whatever their ability. Our main aims are to provide participants with an opportunity to:

  • be physically active in a fun and safe environment
  • learn new skills and try new sports and activiites
  • enjoy new experiences and make friends

Active Midlothian partners are;

  • Lothian Special Olympics
  • Lothian Disability Sport
  • Scottish Disability Sport
  • Special Olympics GB
  • Active Schools Coordinators
  • Allstars Disability Club

Sport and Leisure provide disability specific classes where possible in sports such as swimming, bowling, basketball, boccia. For more information on activities and opportunities available locally or in Lothian please contact Mary Mackie.
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Telephone logo 0131 561 6518
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Ageing Well

Ageing Well LogoTemporary Ageing Well activities programme during restrictions
For information on the limited service, Vivian: email symbol

Please call and leave a message before coming along to a class or group for the first time as we are restricted on numbers due to Covid guidance and some classes may have a waiting list.
Telephone logo 0131 5616506
Telephone logo 07825 356478





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Ladywood Leisure Centre

15:00 - 16:00

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Newbattle Com Centre

16:15 - 17:15

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Newbattle Com Centre





10:00 - 11:30

Tai Chi

Pitcairn Centre

12:00 - 13:00

Tai Chi Beginners

Pitcairn Centre

12:30 - 13:30

Line Dancing

Loanhead Leisure Centre

13:45 - 16:15

New Age Kurling

Loanhead Leisure Centre


Gorebridge Walkers

Arniston Rangers Car Park


Gorebridge Striders

Arniston Rangers Car Park


Dalkeith Walkers

St Nicholas Church Hall


Dalkeith Striders

St Nicholas Church Hall

13:30 - 15:30

New Age Kurling

Rosewell Church Hall

14:00 - 16:00

New Age Kurling

Ladywood Leisure Centre

18:00 - 19:00

Ladies Walking Football

Saltire Soccer Centre





10:00 - 11:00

Tai Chi Advanced

On Line

10:00 - 12:00

Table Tennis

Ladywood Leisure Centre

10:30 - 11:30

Line Dancing outdoor

Kings Park Tennis courts

12:30 - 13:30

Line Dancing Beginners

Danderhall Com Hub

13:30 - 15:30


Ladywood Leisure Centre

13:45 - 15:15

Walking Netball

Danderhall Com Hub

14.00 - 16.00

Walking Football

Bayne Memorial Hall






Loanhead Walkers

Loanhead Leisure Centre


Loanhead Striders

Loanhead Leisure Centre


Walk and Talk

Newtongrange Library


Walk and Talk

woodburn Grassy Riggs

14:30 - 16:00

New Age Kurling

Newbattle Com Centre






Penicuik Walkers

St Mungo’s Church Hall


Roslin Walkers

The Original Rosslyn Inn

10:00 - 12:00

Walking Football

Ladywood Leisure Centre


Rosewell Walkers

Rosewell Church Hall


Rosewell Striders

Rosewell Church Hall

14:30 - 15:30

Walking Rugby

Dalkeith Rugby Club


Lothian Disability Sport

Lothian Disability Sports logoLothian Disability Sport was originally set up as Lothian Sports Association for the Disabled back in 1962. Since then it has evolved over the decades, culminating in the creation of the registered Scottish Charity Lothian Disability Sport (LDS) in 1998.

Aims Of Lothian Disability Sport

The underlying principles of LDS are to promote sport and physical activity for people with a physical, learning or sensory impairment through the following ways:

  • To promote the welfare of all people with a disability through sport and physical recreation by providing sporting and leisure opportunities for all people with a disability
  • To help individuals develop confidence through participation in sport and leisure activities in order to promote health and well being
  • To encourage individuals to develop any particular sporting abilities which they may have and to aid them in furthering their sporting potential to a level to which they aspire
  • To provide and promote opportunities for clubs and club members to participate in a range of sporting and leisure activities, including competitive sport, and encourage and support them to do so
  • To publish and distribute regular up-to-date information on activities and facilities

To help us achieve these aims we offer:

  • A Lothian wide programme of competitive and participatory events in selected sports, for both school aged and senior athletes
  • Co-ordination of participation by athletes and teams at Scottish Disability Sport National sports events
  • A regular newsletter detailing recent news and achievement and highlighting forthcoming events
  • Information on coaching and training opportunities and access to coach education courses, as well as supporting UK Disability Inclusion Training
  • provide support to established and developing clubs in the local area.
  • provide grant aid for athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers where appropriate.

In light of the current situation, Scottish Disability Sport have taken the decision to suspend their events. If you have any questions Telephone logo 0131 475 2364 or

Please check our website for updates

Sports Club

Arniston Rangers Football Club

Bonnyrigg Rose Academy

Dalkeith Thistle Football Club

Dalkeith Rugby Football Club

Easthouses Lily Football Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

Hibernian football club

Lasswade Rugby Football Club

Lasswade Thistle Football Club

Newtongrange Star Football Club

Penicuik Athletic

Penicuik Rugby Football Club

Whitehill welfare Rosewell

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Local information section logoThistle Foundation

Thistle foundation Lifestyle Management Programme is designed to support people who are dealing with difficult life situations or who are living with a long term health condition.

The programme helps people gain control over their situation by making use of and building on their own coping and recovery strategies. The course aims to boost confidence and self-esteem by acknowledging and celebrating the small successes participants achieve along the way.

The 10-week programme consists of group sessions lasting three hours. These sessions involve discussion, safe and appropriate exercise, and therapeutic relaxation. The courses take place at local community venues, including Thistle Foundation.

Each individual is offered the opportunity to meet a member of the team to discuss their goals and best hopes before the course begins. Course goals are linked to the ‘three Cs’ of coping, control and confidence. We focus on identifying strengths and resources, as well as how these can be used to help manage daily life. Our way of working has been developed in response to feedback received from previous course participants.

We ask that participants make every effort to attend all sessions.

Thistle Foundation LogoCourse Sessions:

  • Week 1 Lifestyle Management Philosophy
  • Week 2 Sleep Management
  • Week 3 Relaxation/Stress Management
  • Week 4 Pacing/Energy Management
  • Week 5 Getting Active
  • Week 6 Pacing/Time Management
  • Week 7 Communication Skills
  • Week 8 The Mind-Body Connection
  • Week 9 Preventing, Minimising & Recovering from Relapse
  • Week 10 Reflection & Forward Planning

For more information please contact us on Telephone logo 0131 656 7345

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Local information section logoV.O.C.A.L & Wee Breaks

Vocal LogoVocal stands for "Voices Of Carers Across the Lothian's"

Vocal provide information to unpaid carers.

VOCAL provides information to unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person who looks after a relative, neighbour or friend who needs support because of age, physical or learning disability, long-term condition or illness, mental health problems or drug or alcohol issues.

Providing care can range from visiting every day to make sure someone is okay, doing a weekly shop for someone, to being there 24 hours a day and providing personal care.

VOCAL provides:

  • Practical support on issues such as taking on a caring role, accessing services, your health and well-being, welfare benefits and managing household bills, legal matters and specialist services,
  • Support to take a break from your caring role,
  • Access to training and events and social groups,
  • Counselling,
  • Support if you are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

What is an Adult Carer Support Plan

You can ask Midlothian Council Social Work or VOCAL for an Adult Carer Support Plan. The plan sets out any needs you have as a carer and how they will be met. Any carer can request an ACSP, regardless of the age of the person they care for, number of hours, type of caring, or regularity of their caring role.

More information on Adult Carer Support Plans can be found in the leaflet available from VOCAL Midlothian.

Wee Breaks

Becoming a carer affects all carers in numerous ways. Whether you felt you had a choice about it or were thrown into because of circumstances there is no doubt that caring can be difficult at times. You may appreciate the person you care for but the daily responsibility of attending to their needs may mean that your own needs are often neglected.

Remember when you had time to meet people, go to the cinema or accomplish whatever it was you managed to enjoy accomplishing? Leisure time is the first thing that disappears for carers and the last thing they possess time for and yet it is one of the best stress relievers.

Wee Breaks are encouraging you take some ‘time out’ for yourself and assist you find and create the right break for you – from a few hours to a few weeks. We can spend time with you to think about what would be best for you and how to achieve this. Times are changing with the introduction of self-directed support, and Wee Breaks can assist you to make this happen.

Wee Breaks Funds

Wee breaks fund Logo in Blue Text Wee Break Midlothian administer two funds that you may be eligible to apply for to support you to take a break from your caring role.

You can apply for anything that would give you a break from your caring role, for example:

  • A shed so YOU can continue your hobbies at home,
  • Someone to spend time with the person you care for while you go to a class or group,
  • Financial assistance to help YOU set up an activity, break or holiday with friends and/ or family,
  • Sports equipment to allow YOU to take part in regular activities.

VOCAL can only assist carers with application to the above funds if:-

  • The person YOU care for lives in Midlothian and IS NOT in long-term care,
  • Financially YOU are unable to fund the break yourself,
  • Social Services cannot fund the break, ie: we are unable to fund services that are provided by Midlothian Council and cannot offer financial assistance when the cared for is in residential care,
  • The break will give YOU time off from your caring role as the main carer for a friend or family member,
  • YOU have been referred to VOCAL from a practitioner and discussed how a break from your caring role will benefit YOU.

All applications are submitted to a panel who meet on the last Wednesday of the month. For more information and to download a form visit:

Contact Details:

Vocal LogVOCAL Midlothian, Carers Centre,
30/1 Hardengreen Estate,
Eskbank EH22 3NX. The office is open Monday to Friday 09:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs.

Telephone logo 0131-663 6869

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Local information section logoVolunteer Centre Midlothian logo

Volunteer Midlothian is the first point of contact for anyone who wants to find out more about volunteering in Midlothian. We can offer you a free, confidential and informal appointment where our advisors can help you:

  • Explore your interests and motivations for volunteering
  • Make an informed choice about the different opportunities Volunteer Centre Midlothian have available
  • Search and select information on over 200 local volunteering opportunities
  • Set up a meeting with the opportunity of your choice or arrange for them to get in touch with you

You can also browse the wide range of opportunities on our website.

Volunteer Midlothian also runs a number of volunteer-led projects which help people develop their skills and confidence. These include:

A group of older people learning about tablet computersOnline which provides IT tuition to groups of older people and vulnerable adults who wish to develop their digital skills and increase their social connections. Groups take place at home (for those who are housebound) or in local community settings including libraries.

We also offer supported volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-20 through our Transform Project.

The Connect Project matches volunteer befrienders with people who are socially isolated. This may as telephone/online befriending or meeting up for a wall/talk- socially distanced and out of doors.

To get in touch please phone or email Naomi -
Volunteeer Coordinator of The Connect Project
Telephone logo 07856 571076
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For more information contact:

Volunteer Midlothian, We are working from home.
Mobile Telephone logo 07859 914 587.
When we reopen, our address will be:
4/6 White Hart Street,
Dalkeith EH22 1AE(where the existing MVA office is located).

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Health section logoMidlothian Health and Social Care Partnership

Delivering healthcare and support in Midlothian

The Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership brings together parts of Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian. It is governed by the Midlothian Integrated Joint Board (IJB).

Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership

The IJB plans services in Midlothian that help you live well and get support when you need it - from care homes to care at home, primary care to telecare, voluntary organisations to vaccinations.

Our vision

People in Midlothian are enabled to lead longer and healthier lives.

Our Values

Our services will provide the right support for you, at the right time and in the right place.

What we do

Every 3 years the IJB publishes a Strategic Plan that sets out our main priorities.

To put this plan into action the IJB sends formal written Directions to NHS Lothian and Midlothian Council in relation to the services they provide.

Our three year Strategic Plan is divided into sections. Links to these individual sections can be found at or click on the links below.

Service areas:

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Health section logoA&E alternatives

Animated man CryingSelf-care is about looking after ourselves so that you stay healthy, and taking care of ourselves when you are ill. Before requesting an NHS appointment, think about how you can help yourself?

Common illnesses or advice on medicines

Your community pharmacist can give you advice, or treatment for many minor ailments, Minor ailment service at community pharmacies. Midlothian Pharmacies:

  • Sexual health MYPAS: Telephone logo 0131 454 0757 or
  • For help to stop smoking, ask your pharmacist or contact: Midlothian Stop Smoking Service: Telephone logo 0131 537 9914
  • If over 65, under 16 or receive certain benefits you can use the NHS minor ailment service if registered in a pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist or go online to or

Your Practice Nurse

Animated man With a thermometer in mouthPractice nurses are experienced in dealing with many conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes and a range of minor illnesses such as chest, urine and ear infections, and skin conditions. Many can prescribe medications and arrange investigations. Ask your GP practice receptionist for advice on whether the nurse might be able to deal with your problem.

Dental and Mouth Problems

If you have a problem with your teeth, gums or mouth, contact your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist and you want to find one near you:

  • or Telephone logo 0131 537 8444
  • If you don’t have a dentist and need urgent treatment, you can go to a walk-in centre in Edinburgh: Telephone logo 0131 536 4800 for more information

Infants and Toddlers

For advice and treatment for children and babies:

  • Ask your GP practice for your Health Visitor’s phone number
  • Ask your local Pharmacist
  • For advice on common infant and toddler illnesses -

Animated man SweatingDepression, anxiety and mental wellbeing

  • Midspace: Provides an overview of all local mental health services
  • Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point: Telephone logo 0131 536 8981. This is an open access service for people who don’t need medication or urgent treatment but might benefit from other therapies or support. Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point currently run drop in sessions at Midlothian Community Hospital and the Loganlea Centre, Penicuik
  • The Orchard Centre: Telephone logo 0131 663 1616 or (click “services”) Provides a wide range support to people across Midlothian
  • Breathing Space: Telephone logo 0800 838 587 or Offers someone to talk to if your feelings are overwhelming you.
  • Samaritans: Telephone logo 116 123

Alcohol and drug problems

  • Gateway to Recovery Clinics: Telephone logo 0131 660 6822 for more information These are drop in clinics for anyone looking for help with a drug or alcohol problem. No appointment necessary. The clinics are currently held in Dalkeith and Penicuik.
  • Mid and East Lothian Drug and Alcohol Partnership: For a full list of advice and support services in Midlothian.

Eye problems

Opticians are trained to recognise common eye problems. They can also provide treatment or refer you to specialist services.

You can also get advice at

Hearing problems

High street opticians offer hearing tests and help with existing hearing aids. NHS Audiology Services, see your own GP first.

Muscle and Joint Problems

You can contact the physiotherapy service directly for muscle and joint problems such as back, neck, hip or knee pain. They can give advice and an appointment if necessary. Telephone logo 0800 917 9390 or go to and use the search function

Foot Problems

If you have a foot problem, see the Podiatry section or go to and search for the section on foot problems.

If you do need advice from a doctor…

Animated man haveing an emergencyYou can make a GP phone appointment instead of attending the GP practice or through an App on GP’s web site. A new website called may operate in your area. If the doctor feels they need to see you, they will ask you to come in.

Reception staff may ask why and are bound by the same confidentiality rules as doctors and nurses. Remember to cancel your GP appointment, if not required.

If you think that someone’s life is at risk, you should call 999 right away.

We want to be there when you need us most.
It’s your NHS, please use it wisely.

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Health section logoAdult Social Care

Midlothian Health and Social Care PartnershipMidlothian Council’s Adult Social Care Department provides a range of services to support people to remain independent in their own homes or a homely setting in the community.

These services include care at home, equipment, technology, adaptations and support for carers.

Access to these services follows a social work assessment of your needs. To find out more about an assessment or to request one for yourself or your carer telephone logo 0131 271 3900 or visit You may choose to have a family member, friend or carer with you at this time or at any other time during the process.

If you need support outwith office hours call the Emergency Social Work Services telephone logo 0800 731 6969.

Social work support

If you need a carer or help with mobility, contact:
Adult Social Work telephone logo 0131 271 3900
Children and Families Social Work telephone logo 0131 271 3413

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