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Emergency Services

Emergency Services

Police Scotland

Telephone logo 999 Emergency Number

Police Scotland LogoIn an emergency you should always dial Telephone logo 999 if:

  • There is a risk of personal injury or loss of life
  • A crime is in progress
  • Someone suspected of a crime is nearby

Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers using a Textphone (minicom) should dial Signing Symbol 18000 in an emergency.

Alternatively, if you are deaf, hard of hearing and speech-impaired, you can register with emergency SMS text service. The emergency SMS service lets people in the UK send an SMS text message to the UK Telephone logo 999 service where it will be passed to the police, ambulance, fire rescue, or coastguard.

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Telephone logo 101 Non-Emergency Number

For non-emergencies and general enquiries, Telephone logo 101 is the number you call if you need to contact the police. Using Telephone logo 101 for situations that do not require an immediate police response helps keep Telephone logo 999 available for when there is an emergency.

Calls to Telephone logo 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.

Calls to Police Scotland may be recorded for training and service improvement purposes.

UK calls outwith Scotland

UK callers residing outside of Scotland should call Telephone logo 01786 289 070 to contact Police Scotland

International Contact

International callers should call Telephone logo +44 1786 289 070 to contact Police Scotland

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You can now use the online form to get in touch with Police Scotland for issues of a non-serious nature.

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Write to us:

PO Box 2460
G40 9BA
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Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers

Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers can contact us via TextRelay on Signing Symbol 1 800 1 101.

Minicom Service

Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing or speech-impaired callers can contact us via TextRelay on Signing Symbol 1 800 1 101.


You can phone Crimestoppers to pass on information about crime anonymously, call Telephone logo : 0800 555 111.

Hate Crime & Third Party Reporting

Did you know that Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property that is motivated by a person’s hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability?

Hate Crime is wrong, it is against the law, and everyone has the right to live safely and without fear. No two individuals are ever the same - embrace individuality and help put an end to Hate crime by reporting it.

You can report a Hate Crime as follows:

  • By Telephone Telephone logo 999 (emergency) Telephone logo 101 (non-emergency)
  • In person at any Police station
  • Online – please visit the World wide web logo : Police Scotland website

Third party reporting

In some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

To ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. Staff within 3rd Party Reporting Centres have been trained to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.

Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups.

Third Party Reporting Centres can be found online on the World wide web logo : Police Scotland website or ask any police officer for details.

Scottish Ambulance Service Patient Transport

Scottish Ambulance service  LogoScottish Ambulance Service Patient Transport Service is a core function that takes patients to and from their pre-arranged hospital appointments, or for their admission and discharge to hospital.

We usually pick up patients from their home and take them to and from their hospital appointment.

A hospital or clinic appointment does not mean that you qualify for ambulance transport. Patients are eligible for this service based upon medical need for transport or assistance.

Transport types

The service operates with a wide range of different vehicles appropriate to the different types of patient we serve. If you have an appointment in the 10 days you can request an ambulance, visit World wide web logo : or Telephone logo : 0300 123 1236 (option 3)


Scottish Ambulance service really needs to know if you no longer need ambulance transport, or if your mobility improves; so that the right type of ambulance is sent to you.

Do I qualify?

A hospital or clinic appointment does not mean that you qualify for ambulance transport.

Ambulance transport is available for patients who:

  • Require assistance from skilled ambulance staff
  • Have a medical condition that would prevent them from travelling to hospital by any other means
  • Have a medical condition that might put them at risk from harm if they were to travel independently
  • Have mobility difficulties that require the assistance of ambulance care staff
  • Are attending hospital for treatment that might have side effects and require ambulance care on the return journey

Why do I need to qualify?

Patients who are allocated transport unnecessarily may be preventing a patient with a genuine medical reason from getting to hospital.

Can a relative come with me?

Unfortunately, space on ambulance transport is very limited. This means that you can’t take an escort with you unless you have a medical need that would require treatment during your ambulance journey. Two examples of this are children and sight impaired patients.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Home Fire Safety Visit, as part of our commitment to building a safer Scotland we offer everyone in Scotland a free home fire safety visit. We can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if your home requires them.

Scottish Fire and Rescue logo It’s so easy to arrange! You can get in touch via the following options:

  • Complete our online form at World wide web logo :
  • Call Telephone logo : 0800 0731 999
  • Call your local fire station
  • Text “Fire” to 80800 from your mobile phone.

Having a disability makes it difficult to check alarms about the house. You will need to have more than one planned escape route in the event of a fire.


Escape Plan   Plan your escape route now. Practice with your family

Fire bell   If a fire starts, shout to warn everyone in the house.

Get out quickly  Get out quickly. Don’t stop for valuables.

Escape under Smoke   Keep low down. Air is cleaner and cooler nearer the floor

Do not look for the fire   Don’t look for the fire – keep doors closed

Refuge room to wait for help   If you can’t escape, get everyone in a safe room

Never exit by using a window   Never jump out of a window – if you can, lower yourself onto cushions. But only ever attempt this as a last resort

Stay outside   When you’re out, STAY OUT

Once out dial 999   Phone the Fire and Rescue Service. Dial Telephone logo 999

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Local information section logoEmployment

Being disabled and getting into employment with unseen obstacles put many barriers in a disabled persons path, Forward Mid hope the following agencies can help you find a path through the maze.

Access to Industry

Access to Industry works with individuals to support them into education and employment. Access to Industry believes that their work delivers real transformative change, assisting individuals to overcome personal difficulties that impede their progress.

Access to Industry do this through programmes and courses that provide one-to-one support, group-work, tutored classes and work experience. Access to Industry aim is to facilitate access to further and higher education, training and employment.

Access to Industry programmes and courses develop essential core skills such as communication, ICT (information and Communications Technology) and problem solving. Access to Industry offer individual support that aims to alleviate wider personal barriers.

Access to Industry logo

Access to Industry
156 Cowgate,
Edinburgh, EH1 1RP
Telephone logo : 0131 260 9721
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Triage Fair Start Scotland

Choose Fair Start for a fresh start

Fair Start Scotland is a flexible employment support service to help you get ready for work and achieve your potential.

Traiage logoWhy is Fair Start Scotland different?

  • Voluntary participation,
  • Considerate of your personal circumstances,
  • Flexible support suiting your schedule,
  • Ability to tailor our service to your needs,
  • Opportunity to develop your skills and training,
  • 12 months pre-work support as well as in-work support to help you stay in work.

Fair start LogoHow we help you achieve success:

  • Help with confidence and motivation,
  • Provide coping with anxiety strategies,
  • Provide digital skills training,
  • Money management and better off calculations,
  • Help with job applications,
  • Interview techniques,
  • Face to Face chats with our team,
  • Video and telephone calls also available.

Eligibility criteria (only one is required):

  • Disability or additional support needs,
  • Health condition,
  • Caring responsibilities,
  • Single parent,
  • Unemployed for at least 12 months,
  • Care leaver,
  • Minority ethnic community,
  • Refugee,
  • Conviction
  • Live in an area of high deprivation.

Contact Mark for a friendly chat

Telephone logo : 07547 415523
Enail logo :
Facebook Logo : Triage East and Midlothian
Twitter Logo : @TriageFairStart

Into Work

Into Work have many years’ experience helping people with long-term health conditions and disabilities achieve their goal of both finding and keeping a paid job.

Into Work help people with disabilities or long-term health conditions have equal opportunity to take up employment and receive fair treatment in work.

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Registered Office: Intowork,
Norton Park,
57 Albion Road,
Telephone logo : 0131 475 2600
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Job Centre Plus.

Job Centre Plus LogoMany of the Employability Services for people with a Physical Disability or Sensory Impairment can be accessed through the Disability Employment Advisor at your local Job Centre Plus.

Dalkeith Office
5 Buccleuch St, Dalkeith EH22 1HB
Telephone logo : 0843 487 1844

Penicuik Office
25 John St, Penicuik EH26 8HN
Telephone logo : 0800 169 0190

Sight Scotland

Sight Scotland LogoLiving with sight loss can be challenging. If you live in Edinburgh, Midlothian or East Lothian, Sight Scotland rehabilitation and mobility staff can provide the help and support you need, no matter your level of sight loss, so you can maintain your independence.

Sight Scotland can be there for you following diagnosis. If you need specialist support, we will provide a specialist assessment and plan together how we can help.

How we can help

Sight Scotland rehabilitation and mobility team provide practical guidance to help people with sight loss keep doing the everyday things that are important to them, develop essential skills to live safely at home, and to navigate the world with confidence.

Telephone logo : 0800 024 8973
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Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development ScotlandGovernment policy is a primary driver of what Skills Development Scotland (SDS) does. A series of skills and economic strategies interlink to shape SDS’s work, making sure that services and partnership activity are meeting the needs of customers and effectively contributing to economic growth ambitions for Scotland.

Skills Development Scotland supports people to help them achieve career success. With partners, SDS delivers face to face career information, advice and guidance in schools and SDS centres, as well as support through a contact centre and a dynamic web service My World of Work.

Skills Development Scotland is helping people build the skills to manage their career throughout their lifetime, including:

  • choosing a career and getting ready for employment
  • progressing in the workplace
  • up-skilling, such as being able to use new technology
  • adapting to change, such as redundancy or transferring skills to something new

Telephone logo : 0800 917 8000
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Local Area Co-ordinators

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:

Stuart Stuart MacIntosh

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07889 456 264

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Carrie Carrie Poole

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07892 770 079

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Caroline Caroline Rodgers

Mobile: Mobile Phone graphic 07753 316 885

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Midlothian Health and Social Care PartnershipLogo for Enable Scotland
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

Many of Beeslack Family Club members suffer with significant complex additional needs such as Downs Syndrome, Partially Sighted, Arthritis, Diabetic, Epilepsy, Autism, Parkinson’s, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, ADHD, Coeliac Disease, BI Polar, and hearing impairment. The club has a fully inclusive policy and is the only weekend family club of its kind in operation in Midlothian.

Over the years we have expanded somewhat and currently, we offer a variety of activities - cookery, arts & crafts, woodwork, swimming, computers, sensory garden, cycling (we have an adapted trike), music, pool and a coffee bar.

Everyone welcome. For further information please contact:
Beeslack Community High School,
Edinburgh Road,
EH26 0QF
Telephone logo : 01968 673893
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The Breathe Easy Group

Balloon seller coughingDalkeith and Bonnyrigg Asthma and Lung United Kingdom (Asthma + Lung UK) support group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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

Contact : Isobel Gunn or Jean Waddell for more information

Meet first Tuesday of every month at
4-6 White Hart Street,
EH22 1AE
Isobel Telephone logo : 07727-104-408
Jean Telephone logo : 0131-663-0966
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B r e a t h e E a s y

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

Free cup of Coffee logoCafé Connect, Dalkeith’s vibrant community café run by Midlothian’s LAC gives people with disabilities a chance to meet up to talk and listen. We all have different things to bring and our own stories too.

Café Connect is a great place to find out useful information about a whole range of relevant supports and services, for example:

  • Welfare Reform,
  • Access Issues and Self-directed Support.

Or just turn up for a coffee, tea and cake on the house!

It’s a friendly gathering where everyone is welcome. A place where you can listen or share your story!

When: First Thursday of every month from 14:00 hrs to 15:30 hrs
Where: Dalkeith Arts Centre.
For more information contact Stuart Telephone logo : 07889 456 264

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 020 7112 1489 – option 1
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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

Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, 14:00 hrs - 15:30 hrs.

Penicuik Cowan court
Eastfield Drive
Penicuik, EH26 8BF

Telephone logo : 0131 654 1114
World wide web logo : and enter postcode into search box


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
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Telephone logo : 07867 179023
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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

Lasswade High School PHAB Club

Logo for Lasswade High School PHAB ClubA voluntary group from Midlothian working in the community to provide social and educational opportunities for people with additional support needs. The Club was formed in 1978 and is based in Lasswade High School. Meetings are every Wednesday evening during school term from 18:30 hrs till 20:30 hrs.

The Club’s aim is to provide social and educational opportunities in a relaxed environment and its objective is to encourage the integration and education of adults, resident in Midlothian, who have additional support needs.

The Club encourages local people to get involved with its work, indeed our volunteers are crucial to the operation of the club.

The Club holds the Queen’s Award for Volunteering (the “MBE” for volunteering groups), given in recognition of the work undertaken


For information on joining or volunteering please contact:
Telephone logo : Margaret George on 07882350835

Lothian's Veterans’ Centre

Lothian Veterans’ LogoLVC is a drop-in centre in Dalkeith that provides person-centred support for ex-service personnel and their families throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. We have a small team of dedicated staff who are readily available to tackle any challenge that arrives through our door. /p>

LVC is a safe and welcoming environment that can provide instant assistance, support and advice in relation to a wide range of services, including health and wellbeing; housing; employment; benefits; pensions; further education and training; access to health services; welfare; comradeship; and activities. We work in partnership with a number of veterans’ and non-veterans’ organisations, and key agencies such as Midlothian Council, Dalkeith Job Centre, and Dalkeith Citizens Advice Bureau all recognise the importance of LVC in the community.

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

Midlothian Peoples Equality Group (MPEG) is a local community group and registered charity directed by a diverse range of local people who live and work in Midlothian.

Midlothian Peoples Equality Group logo

The group works together to promote equality and challenge prejudice, build relationships across Midlothian communities of interest where people feel valued and trusted, support people to learn, educate and communicate about local equality issues and interests and support people to have a voice in local policy and planning.

The group encourage local people, community organisations, businesses and other partners to get involved in its work.

Telephone logo : 0131 271 3358
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email symbol : For more information or visit the MPEG website
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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.

Denise Thomson
31 Eskbank Road,
Dalkeith EH22 1HJ
Telephone logo : 07858107311

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Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living

Local information section logoLothian Centre for Inclusive Living

The Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL)

The main aims of the Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living are:

  • Provide a range of services to support Independent Living, developed and managed by and for disabled people.
  • Support the right for disabled people to live independently and take control of their own lives.
  • Provide the opportunity for disabled people to further their own personal and professional development, including through peer support.
  • Challenge the attitudes, and the physical and social barriers that create disability.

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living Services include:

  • LCiL Independent Living LogoIndependent Living Support : Providing you with information and one-to-one support to manage your own self-directed package email symbol : ,
  • LCil Payroll Service LogoPayroll & Financial Management Service : Wages processing and administration if you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) email symbol :
  • Self Management Support : Self Management Support Service is aimed at adults living in Edinburgh and Midlothian with one or more long-term health conditions. email symbol : or Telephone logo : 0131 475 2350
  • Peer Support and Learning : Instilling a sense of empowerment within our service users is at the heart of everything the Peer Support and Learning(PSL) does. Contact the team at LCiL email symbol :
  • Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living Champions : are volunteers who share their lived experience at conferences, events or training programmes, or become members of working groups of committees. Champions are disabled people, people living with long-term conditions and parent carers who are involved with LCiL.
  • Resource hub : For individuals and organisations, on topics such as Disability Equality and Self-directed Support.

Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living is about Independent Living

LCIL Logo green circles title witj Rights And Choices textIndependent Living means all disabled people having the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other citizens at home, at work, and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or fending for yourself. It means rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.

LCiL provides a quarterly newsletter with information on current news and events. If you are interested in receiving this, please get in touch via the contact details to arrange delivery. Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCIL) World wide web logo :

To find out more, contact us at:
Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living
Norton Park,
57Albion Road,
EH7 5QY,
Telephone logo : 0131-475-2350 (10:00 hrs - 16:00 hrs)
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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?

Join Midlothian Disability Access Panel and have your voice heard.

Contact: Mike Harrison, Chair;

Telephone logo : 0131 448 0930
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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 World wide web logo : 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.

World wide web logo : 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.”

Midlothian Financial Inclusion Network Logo

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 World wide web logo : 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 World wide web logo :

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Radar Key

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. For more information please visit World wide web logo : 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 World wide web logo :, Age UK at World wide web logo: and also at World wide web logo :

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

Changing Place Toilets Midlothian

Dalkeith Arts Centre, EH22 1DY Radar Key Required to enter

Dobbies Garden World, Lasswade EH18 1AZ + 1 disabled toilet

Ikea, Loanhead EH20 9BY Radar Key Required to enter

Newbattle Community Campus EH22 4SX

Aceessible Toilets in Midlothian

Bonnyrigg Medical Centre EH19 2ET

Lasswade Leisure Centre EH19 2NE

Pitcairn Centre, Bonnyrigg EH19 2ES

12A Eskdaill Street, Dalkeith, EH22 1LB

Buccleuch, Dalkeith EH22 1HZ

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

Starbucks, Hardengreen EH22 3FU

Tesco, Hardengreen EH22 3PP

Beacon, Gorebridge EH23 4TT

Newbyres Medical Centre, Gorebridge EH23 4TP (assistance required)

2B Station Road, Loanhead, EH20 9RQ

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

Pentland Plants, Loanhead EH20 9QG

Sainsbury, Loanhead EH20 9PW

Mining Museum, Lady Victoria, Newtongrange EH22 4QN

Newtongrange Leisure Centre EH22 4PG

5 Bank Street Penicuik EH26 9BG

Beeslack Community Hgh School, Penicuik EH26 0QF

Cowan Court, Penicuik EH26 8DF

Food Facts Friends, 42 Johns Street, EH26 8AB

Glencorse Association, 4 Firth Road, Auchendinny EH26 0QZ

Ladywood Leisure Centre, 14a Yarrow Court, EH26 8HD

Penicuik Leisure Centre EH26 9EP

Penicuik Storehouse, 22 Penicuik High Street, EH26 8HW

Tesco, Penicuik EH26 8NP

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

Radar Key Required to enter Radar key required to unlock door. Midlothian cost saving may see public access toilrtd close.

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Local information section logoSport

Physical Activities for adults
with physical and learning disabilities

sport LogoFor multi-sports sessions

  • No pre-booking required.
  • Admission fee applies to all participants attending the specialised instructor-led sessions.
  • Care providers will be expected to support their service users throughout all sessions.
  • The pool, health suite and gym facilities are also available at the time of multi-sports sessions.
  • Pool side access facilities vary from site to site.
  • Please feel free to contact or visit individual site regarding access requirements prior to attending.
  • Sensory Friendly Swim Sessions.
  • Sessions for those who are sensitive to light and sound levels usually found in a pool environment.


Lasswade Centre

Telephone logo 0131 271 4533

Sensory Friendly Swim Sessions


16:30 hrs 17:30 hrs

Loanhead Leisure Centre

Telephone logo 0131 444 9033



18:45 hrs 19:30 hrs

Sensory Friendly Swim Sessions


11:15 hrs 12:15 hrs


18:50 hrs 19:50 hrs

Newbattle Community Campus

Telephone logo 0131 561 6740



10:30hrs 11:30hrs



10:00 hrs 12:00 hrs

Sensory Friendly Swim Sessions


18:00 hrs 19:00 hrs


15:30 hrs 16:30 hrs

Penicuik Leisure Centre

Telephone logo : 01968 664 066



12:30 hrs 14:30 hrs



10:30hrs 11:30hrs

Sensory Friendly Swim Sessions


16:30 hrs 18:00 hrs


14:30 hrs 15:30 hrs

For more information contact:
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Telephone logo : 07824529015

Beeslack All Stars Disabled Sports Club is a multi-sports group for children and young adults with additional support needs and their siblings. Members range in various disabilities and our ultimate goal is to provide meaningful sporting skills and activities that through the understanding of self and others can transcend from the sports field into everyday life. Beeslack provide grass roots and competition skills and activities for various levels of abilities - adapting sports and skill sets to promote a positive, inclusive sporting activity for all.

All Stars Disabled Sports Club Tuesday 18.30-20.30 and Sunday 13:00 -15:00 at Beeslack Community High School
Contact: email symbol :

Ageing Well

Ageing Well LogoAgeing Well Midlothian is a physical activity project for the over 50s.
For information on Ageing Well Midlothian please contact, 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 561 6506

Activities Include:

  • Best step forward
  • Dance and Sing
  • Health Walks
  • New age Curling
  • Table Tennis/Badminton
  • Tai Chi/Chi Gong
  • Waling Football
  • Walking Netball
  • Walking Rugby


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.

If you have any questions Telephone logo : 07885 549 173 or email symbol :

Please check our website for updates World wide web logo :

DR Inclusive Fitness

DR Inclusive Fitness and wellbeing specialise in personal training and massage therapy for disabled people and people with long term health conditions. We also offer adapted fitness classes and group training.

Our aim is to remove the barriers to fitness for disabled people.

Our gym can be found at 10/2 Eldin Industrial Estate, Loanhead, EH20 9QX.

We offer a free consultation where we can meet at the gym, to have a cuppa and a chat about what you are looking for and what we can do for you.

If you are interested then get in touch by phone or email:
Telephone logo : 07923335331
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Sports Club

Arniston Rangers Football Club

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Bonnyrigg Rose Academy

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Dalkeith Thistle Football Club

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Dalkeith Rugby Football Club

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Easthouses Lily Football Club

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Heart of Midlothian Football Club

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Hibernian football club

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Lasswade Rugby Football Club

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Lasswade Thistle Football Club

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Newtongrange Star Football Club

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Penicuik Athletic

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Whitehill welfare Rosewell

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Thistle Foundation

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 Logo "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, maintaining your health and well-being,
  • Expert advice sessions on welfare benefits legal matters and power of attorney
  • Support to take a break from your caring role
  • Support to complete an Adult Carer Support Plan
  • Access to training and events and social groups,
  • Counselling,
  • Support if you are affected by someone else’s substance use.

What is an Adult Carer Support Plan

You can ask Midlothian Council Social Work 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 VOCAL website World wide web logo : Unfortunatly no prctical support for carers ia available.

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: World wide web logo :

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.

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Volunteer Midlothian

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. World wide web logo :

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, work from home and our office in Dalkeith.
For general enquires please contact
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You can also call us on Telephone logo : 07859 914587.
Volunteer Midlothian
4/6 White Hart Street,
Dalkeith, EH22 1AE
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We run drop-in sessions for people who are interested in volunteering every Monday morning.

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