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Local information section logoDefibrillators

As we move forward with our ever-changing world. It is important we constantly update our community with new information. Knowledge is power. Forward Mid would like to share with our community information on Public Defibrillators.

A Defibrillators is a device that delivers high energy electric shocks to the heart of someone in Cardiac Arrest. This high-energy shock is called Defibrillation and it is an essential part in trying to save the life of someone in Cardiac Arrest.

Most people who survive will have required a shock from a Defibrillators to correct the chaotic heart rhythm, the earlier a shock is given the better the persons chance of survival. Studies have shown that a shock delivered within 3 minutes of Cardiac Arrest provides the best chance of survival.

Who can use a public defibrillator?

Anyone can. There are clear instructions on how to use the public Defibrillator and attach Defibrillator pads. It will then assess the heart rhythm and at that point instruct the user on how to administer a shock if it is needed. You cannot deliver a shock accidentally. The technology inside the Defibrillator will only allow to shock if it is needed.

Where can a Defibrillator be found?

Defibrillators are normally located in workplaces and public spaces; they are known collectively as public access defibrillators (PAD’s) as anyone can use them.

If you need to use a Defibrillator in an emergency, the 999 call handler will often know where the closest one is and inform you. You can request someone to collect it. By performing CPR and using a Defibrillator you’ll give someone the best chance of survival.

If someone is having a Cardiac Arrest there are 4 critical steps.

  1. 1. Call 999,
  2. 2. Start CPR,
  3. 3. Ask if a Defibrillator is nearby and request passcode,
  4. 4. Turn on Defibrillator and follow instructions.

By switching on the defibrillator, it will immediately start to give a series of visual and verbal prompts, informing you of what you require to do. Follow the prompts.

How to use:-

  • Remove the pads from the sealed pack. Remove or cut clothing and wipe away any sweat from the cheat,
  • Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to their chest,
  • Place the first pad on their upper right side of the chest just below the collarbone as shown on instructions,
  • Place the second on their left side just below the armpit. Make sure you position the pad length ways, with the long side-line with the length of their body.
  • Once you have done this, the Defibrillator will start to check the heart rhythm, make sure no one is touching the person experiencing the Cardiac arrest. Continue to follow the instructions the Defibrillator machine provides you with until help arrives.

Only 1 in 12 of people who experience a Cardiac Arrest will survive. There are currently around 3500 public access defibrillators (PAD’s) in Scotland.

For more information:-
St Johns Ambulance web site
British Heart Foundation web site

Location of public access defibrillators (PAD’s) in Midlothian


Bonnyrigg Bowling Club, King George the IV Park EH19 2DA

Bonnyrigg Health Centre, 109 High Street EH19 2DA

Bonnyrigg Primary School, 1 Cockpen Road EH19 3HR

Broomieknow Golf Course, Golf Course Road EH19 2HZ **X2

Burnbrae Primary School, 144 Burnbrae Road EH19 3GB

Dalhousie Masonic Hall, 75 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2DB

Helen MacNeil Dentist, 64 High Street Bonnyrigg EH19 2AB

Lasswade Centre, 11 Hopefield Park EH19 2NE ** X2

Lasswade Primary School, 7A pendreich Drive EH19 2DU

Lasswade Rugby Club, Rosewell Road EH19 3PR

Midlothian Community Hospital, 70 Eskbank Road EH22 3ND

Polton Bowling Club, Polton Cottages EH18 1JT

Tesco Express, Rosewell Road EH19 3PA

The Arthritis Research Campaign, 6 Polton Street EH19 3HA


Dalkeith High School, Cousland Road EH22 2PS

Dalkeith Miners Club, 8 Woodburn Road EH22 2AT

Dalkeith Rugby Club, Eskbank Road EH22 3BQ

Kings Park Primary School, 20 Croft Street EH22 3BA

Market Cross Veterinary Clinic Ltd, 18 Edinburgh Rd EH22 1JZ

Mayfield Community Club, Stone Place EH22 5PG

McSence Communication, 32 Sycamore EH22 5TA

Melville Housing Association, Corn Exchange 200 High Street EH22 1AZ

Midlothian Council, 40-46 Buccleuch Street EH22 1DN

Morrisons, Eskbank Road Dalkeith EH22 3HQ

Newbattle Leisure Centre, 1 Newbattle Way Easthouses EH22 4DA

Newbattle Golf Club, Abbey Road Dalkeith EH22 3AD

Newbattle Medical Practice, Blackcot EH22 4AA

St Luke’s Primary School, Stone Avenue EH22 5PB

Tesco Superstore, Bonnyrigg Road Hardengreen EH22 3PP

The Co-op, 6 Mayfield Place Mayfield EH22 5JG

Woodburn Primary School, Cousland Road EH22 2PS


Scotmid Co-op, 114-116 Hunterfield Road EH23 4TX

Stobsmill Inn, 25 Powdermill Brae Birkenside EH23 4TX


Dobbies Garden World, Melville Nursery Lasswade EH18 1AZ


Asda Straiton Superstore, Pentland Road EH20 9NY

IKEA, Costkea Way EH20 9BY

Loanhead Leisure Centre, George Avenue EH20 9LA

Loanhead Parish Church, 126C The Loan EH20 9AJ

Pentland Plants, Pentland Park EH20 9QG

The Link, 5 Mayburn Walk, Loanhead EH20 9HG


21st Midlothian Scout Hall, Newtongrange EH22 4JE

Dean Tavern, 80 Main Street Newtongrange EH22 4NA

Lodge Newbattle St Mary 1063, 26 Newbattle Rd EH22 4RW

Newbattle Bowling Club, Murderdean Rd EH22 4PD

Newbattle Police Station, 17 Morris Road EH22 4ST

Newtongrange Railway Station, 23 Murderdean Rd EH22 4PE


Citizens Advice Bureau, 14A John Street EH26 8AB

Flotterstone Inn, Milton Bridge EH26 0PP

Howgate Village Hall, Howgate EH26 0QF

Flotterstone Inn, Milton Bridge EH26 0PP

Penicuik High School, 39A Carlops Rd EH26 9TP

Penicuik Miners Club, 165 John Street EH26 8AT


Rosewell Primary School, 85 Carnethie Street EH24 9AN

Temple Village

Temple Village Hall, Temple Village EH23 4SG

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Communities and Lifelong Learning

Communities and Lifelong Learning is part of the Education Service of Midlothian Council. Communities and Lifelong Learning support young people, adults and families to improve their life chances through the

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development of skills for learning, life and work. Communities and Lifelong Learning also work with communities to develop groups, improve local neighbourhoods, link into Community Councils, neighbourhood plans and other organisations in Midlothian. This consists of universal provision which is open to all and targeted provision which may be delivered to specific groups such as parents/carers, young people not engaging in school, disabilities groups, etc. Communities and Lifelong Learning works with key partners to implement initiatives such as Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, Positive Destinations and Employability.

Work with adults:

Communities and Lifelong Learning deliver a range of employability support options, courses and training including ICT, Care Academy, Work Club, Job Clubs, Construction Skills Certification Scheme Training and Modern Apprenticeships.

Communities and Lifelong Learning offer one to one support and community-based provision in core skills such as literacy, numeracy, IT and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and refugees. On offer lipreading classes for those with acquired hearing loss.

Community-based Adult Learning (CBAL) programmes run throughout Midlothian from first step courses to SQA qualifications. The main aim is to provide a first step back into learning, pathways to further learning or employability provided in locally accessible venues. These courses are offered in a wide range of subjects including childcare and family support, IT, health and wellbeing and employability related courses including job clubs. They are mainly free or low cost with crèche support provided.

Communities and Lifelong Learning also deliver adult learning through Aim High Learning Offer with an annual programme of certificated and non-certificated programmes delivered mainly in Dalkeith Campus, Lasswade Centre, Penicuik and Beeslack High Schools. Communities and Lifelong Learning work closely with Progress Through Learning Midlothian to provide support locally to those who want to move on in their learning, go to college or prepare for university or other accredited studies.

The Focus Team provides one to one support for adults aged 16-64 years who wish to get into work, training or learning but face some barriers such as a disability or heath-related issue. The team can also deliver and develop small groups, and courses to help you build up your skills, gain confidence, complete job applications and CV’s, prepare for interview and job coaching. You can be referred by another agency or do this yourself. Please contact: Email: email symbol Telephone logo 0131 271 3713

Work with Young People:

Communities and Lifelong Learning work with young people in a variety of ways. Through Activity Agreements provide one to one tailored support for young people who are not in education, training or employment to enable them to take their next steps. Communities and Lifelong Learning provide learning and employability pathways in a variety of curriculum areas such as music, rural skills, childcare, sport and wellbeing, admin and IT, hair and beauty, retail, etc. These allow young people to build up skills and confidence and access further education, training and employment opportunities.

Communities and Lifelong Learning work in schools to support positive transitions for young people and families through group work, co-ordinating school work experience programmes, supporting young people to achieve positive destinations when they leave school. Communities and Lifelong Learning lead the Developing Midlothian’s Young Workforce Board where Communities and Lifelong Learning work with other Council services and a wide range of partners including employers and Skills Development Scotland to secure positive destinations for young people and address the skills gap.

Communities and Lifelong Learning engage with young people on the streets and in universal and targeted youth clubs and other provision, recognise their achievements through Awards Schemes, develop young people’s voice and influence through youth participation, offer volunteering opportunities.

Work with families

Communities and Lifelong Learning can offer a range of family learning opportunities where parents/carers and children learn together in a variety of subject areas including arts and crafts, languages, Learn with Fred and supporting your child with homework.

Work with Communities

Communities and Lifelong Learning works with communities to develop groups by helping with funding and training opportunities; with constitutions and setting up a board; through connecting with relevant people and organisations and linking into Community Councils and neighbourhood plans.

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Edinburgh College

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland’s biggest College with around 26,000 students across 4 campuses in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including our Midlothian Campus, based at Dalkeith.

Offering a wide variety of vibrant vocational and academic courses, Edinburgh College provides flexible learning opportunities to suit all learning needs. Whatever path you choose we offer over 700 courses from access to degree level and continuing professional development to help you achieve your future career ambitions.

Edinburgh College are committed to equality of opportunity and to a culture that respects difference. We recognise that equality of access to education is crucial in unlocking many significant opportunities in life.

Our campuses have a number of accessibility features, including accessible parking spaces, accessible doors, accessible toilets (including some with hoists), quiet rooms and portable hearing loops.

You can browse for courses and apply online at

If you would like to discuss course options or need help to make your course application, please contact the course information team on Telephone logo 0131 297 8300 (09:00 hrs - 16:00 hrs) or Email: email symbol

Edinburgh College Student Services Learning Support

For some students, learning is made more challenging as a result of a specific learning difficulty or a disability that requires specialist support. If you are one of these people, Edinburgh College team of Learning Support staff can offer you extended learning support and confidential guidance.

Difficulties may be associated with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, dyspraxia, sensory impairment, social or emotional difficulties, health problems, mental health problems or mobility difficulties. As well as this, Edinburgh College are able to assist students who qualify for the Disabled Students Allowance with the completion of their application form and advise them on assistive technology. Formal assessments for the DSA are carried out in College.

Also, if you are a care experienced student it’s really important to let Learning Support know, to make sure you get the right help and support.

You can take advantage of many of the services before you come to College so please contact us at any time for details: Email: email symbol

Student Advice

Edinburgh College have student advisors at each campus who are dedicated to helping you throughout your time at Edinburgh College.

Edinburgh College advisors offer information on:

  • Courses.
  • Student finance and funding.
  • Childcare.
  • Accommodation.

Further information can found on the College website:

Edinburgh College staff vacancies

Edinburgh College welcome applications from all sections of the community including people of all ages, disabilities, gender identities, pregnancy/maternity status, marital/civil partnership status, ethnic backgrounds, religions/beliefs and sexual orientations.

We are proud to be accredited as Disability Confident Committed. Current vacancies at the College are now listed on

Newbattle Abbey College

Newbattle Abbey College logoNewbattle Abbey College welcomes applications from disabled people and additional support requirements. Newbattle Abbey College aims to provide support to help all learners to achieve their full potential.

Newbattle Abbey College is Scotland’s only residential adult education college, offering adults with few or no qualifications the chance to study in a historic setting. Newbattle Abbey College offers an Arts and Sciences Award on a full-time or part-time basis, as well as a range of short courses and community events. The college has a strong ethos of support for all learners, regardless of their status. Our students receive support from a personal tutor to help them to progress and advance to future opportunities. There are also small tutorial groups that support our college students and to prepare them for future study. The Support for Learning staff at the college are experienced in working with adults with a range of additional support needs, including dyslexia.

The college also has excellent facilities for conferences, training events, weddings and social functions. There is ample parking (for up to 100 cars) including disabled parking and lift access within the building.

Ariel view of Newbattle Abbey CollegeNewbattle Abbey College,
Newbattle Road,
EH22 3LL
Telephone logo 0131 663 1921
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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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Email local community police on:

Dalkeith, Woodburn, Millerhill and Danderhall and surrounding area -
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Mayfield, Easthouses, Eskbank, Hardengreen, Pathhead, Cousland and Crichton areas :-
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Gorebridge, Newtongrange and Middleton area :-
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Bonnyrigg, Lasswade and the surrounding area :-
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Loanhead, Straiton, Damhead, Bilston, Roslin, Rosewell and surrounding areas :-
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Penicuik town and the surrounding communities :-
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Write to us:

PO Box 2460
G40 9BA

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 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 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.


Scottish Ambulance service really need 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.

We really need to know if you no longer need ambulance transport. If you have transport booked you can cancel it by phoning Telephone logo 0800 389 1333. This is a free 24 hour answering service. Please leave your name, which clinic or ward and hospital, date and time of appointment.

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
  • 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 exists to move excluded people into education and on to employment across the South East of Scotland.

We do this through the creation and development of new education and training programme's, encouraging access to further and higher education opportunities. These are delivered through partnerships with key education and training providers throughout Scotland. We also work closely with employers to provide supported work experience placements.

A key component of our work is helping people develop essential core skills such as communications; information technology and problem solving. We also provide a wide range of specific education and training courses that meet a broad cross section of needs and aspirations.

Access to Industry logo Our courses are designed to provide a stepping stone on to further education or employment. This individual approach ensures much higher success rates for those involved.

Access to Industry
15 Blair Street
Telephone logo 0131 226 3006
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Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss logo Action on Hearing Loss provide employment advice and training courses. Employment adviser’s support deaf and hard of hearing people looking for employment or progression within employment.
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Telephone logo 0808 808 0123
Textphone: Signing Symbol 0808 808 9000

Deaf Action

Deaf Action LogoMidlothian Council contracts Deaf Action to provide specialist services and support Provides a range of services to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing people, their families and carers, mainly in Edinburgh and the Lothian's, Thursdays 10am – 12pm Deaf Action,
49 Albany Street,
Edinburgh EH1 3QY
Telephone logo 0131 556 3128
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Into Work

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IntoWork provides supported employment services for people with disabilities living in Edinburgh and the Lothian's who want to find paid work. Referrals can be made to or by phone.

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.

Employers may be able to get help from Access to Work towards some costs where an individual requires support or adaptations.

Employers can sign up to the Disability Confident scheme and you can use the Disability Confident symbol on adverts to show that you encourage applications from disabled people.

RNIB Scotland

Midlothian Council contracts Royal National Institute of Blind People LogoRNIB support blind and partially sighted people to find work and assist employees with sight problems to continue in work. They also help employers to recruit people with sight loss.

RNIB Scotland:
Edinburgh and the Lothian’s,
12 Hillside Crescent,
Telephone logo 0131 652 3140
Fax: Signing Symbol 0131 652 3199
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Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.30 am to 4.40 pm, Friday: 8.30 am to 3.50 pm

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 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.

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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

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Carrie Carrie Poole

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Stuart Stuart MacIntosh

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Sue Sue

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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.
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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!

Where: Café Connect
Dalkeith Welfare hall,
27 St Andrew Street, (East side of Dalkeith Medical Practice)
EH22 1AR

When: Last Tuesday of every month from 2 pm to 4 pm:
For more information Telephone logo 0131 663 9471

Café Connect Price list

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Can 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!

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.

Leonard Cheshire Disability LogoFor information on opportunities contact :
Louise Muir,
Can Do Programme Coordinator for Lothian
Email: email symbol
Tel: Telephone logo 07525 800 289.

Does 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. Some places might be available, so anyone who wants to find out more can contact Catherine at Local Area Co-ordination office Tel: Telephone logo 0131 454 1785.

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
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.

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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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Image depicting 2 men and 2 women and a wheelchair user out for a walk This group was formed to encourage people with disabilities, those who lived in isolation, those with mental health problems, and those who were bereaved to meet up once a week to go for a short walk and to chat to one another.

Many of our walks are wheelchair accessible which gives us all the chance to get together and have some fun. We walked along the shore at Crammond a some time ago. It was a lovely sunny day but there was a biting wind but didn’t stop us biting into our sandwiches and enjoying ourselves.

The group has made a tremendous difference in lots of peoples lives by helping them to regain their confidence and do things the never thought in their wildest imagination that they would be able to do. Some have even been able to return to work.

One thing is for certain we have found lots of lovely places to walk in and of course some of the best placed to enjoy tea and coffee.

If you would like to come along and join us on some of the walks contact Local Area Co-ordination and they will put you in touch with the group. Tel: Telephone logo 0131-454-1785

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Local information section logoLothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL)

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
E-mail: email symbol

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Midlothian 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
Email: email symbol

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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 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, on line key cutting 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

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 logoR.N.I.B.

Royal National Institute of Blind People LogoSupporting people with sight loss in the Lothian’s

Rehabilitation service

Our rehabilitation service provides specialist assessment, training, information and advice about mobility, communication, independent living skills and low vision assessments.

Social work

Our social works team provides an assessment and care management service for blind and partially sighted children and adults on behalf of the local authorities in Edinburgh, Midlothian and East Lothian.

Welfare rights

Living with sight loss can involve a lot of extra expense. Our See Me Right service offers benefit and entitlements advice to blind and partially sighted people who live in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian. Telephone logo 0131 652 3144 or email: email symbol

Resource centre

Our resource centre has a large selection of special equipment and aids to daily living for people with sight problems including; aids to magnification, specialist lighting, talking watches and clocks, and information on different eye conditions to help you understand your diagnosis.

Leisure and social groups

We also organise a wide range of leisure and social groups and activities for people with sight loss living in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including holidays for children and adults.

12-14 Hillside Crescent,
Edinburgh, EH7 5EA.
Email: email symbol
Telephone logo 0131 652 3140

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Active Midlothian

Active Midlothian LogoFun Multi-Physical Activities for Adults with a Learning or Physical Disability. These exciting activities led by Fiona and Lauryn are designed for all ability levels. They are great fun, so come along, join in, try new things and meet new friends.

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 the Lothians please contact Mary Mackie Telephone logo 0131 561 6510.

Penicuik Town Hall
Every Thursday 13:00 hrs - 14:00 hrs,
Cost £2.20 per session

Newbattle Community Campus
Every Thursday 10:00 hrs – 12:00 hrs,
Cost £2.20 per session

Loanhead Leisure Centre
Wednesday Cycle Zone 19:00 hrs - 20:00 hrs
Cost £2.20 per session

No Booking for any of these sessions - just turn up

For further information contact Vivian Wallace Telephone logo 0131 561 6505 or email: or for more information on what is going on, check out our web page at Active Midlothian at this will give you listings of Physical Activity groups that are on in Midlothian which anyone with a disability can join.

Ageing Well

Ageing Well LogoMidlothian Council run groups for over 50s.

Ageing Well offer a range of Be-Active Classes such as walking (The walks have been devised specifically for older people and are suitable for the beginner. All walks are free), 50+ Keep Fit, Ageing Well in Water, Beginners Yoga, Dance and Sing for the Health of It, Health Walks for the 50+, Pilates, Seated Exercise, Seated Pilates/ Yoga, Tai Chi/Chi Gong, Walking Football, Walking Gardeners Ballroom Dancing, Line Dancing, Table Tennis, Badminton and New Age Curling.

There is something for everyone. These activities are held throughout Midlothian and cost approximately £2. Telephone logo 0131 561 6506

Boccia Coaching

Boccia is a sport designed for people with a disability. It’s a sport of intriguing tactics and nail-biting tension.

Newbattle Community Campus
Wednesday 13:00 hrs - 14:00 hrs, Cost £2.30 per session

Open to adults all disabilities and all ability levels. Once you’ve seen it, you will be hooked!

No booking just turn up!

The Sports Development Team 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 activities,
  • Enjoy new experiences and make friends.

Soft Boccia Balls

FABB Scotland
Norton Park Conference Centre
57 Albion Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5QY.
Sports for young disabled people for more information

Horse Riding
Horseriding logoVogrie Riding School
Various Booking Times
All Ages, all disabilities Telephone logo 07703 475 821
Facebook: Facebook logo Vogrie Riding School

Thornton Rose Riding for the Disabled
Contact: Jeff Allan Email: email symbol

Lothian Disability Sport

Lothian Disability Sports logoLothian Disability Sport is very keen to increase the number of sporting opportunities available to people with any disability in the Lothian area so we would like to hear from anyone who would like to affiliate with the organisation as a club, athlete, coach or volunteer. We would also like to hear any ideas or suggestions as to how we can best take forward sport in the Lothian area for people with a disability. Telephone logo 0131 475 2364 or to pass on your comments.

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Beeslack All Stars Disabled Sports Club, Beeslack Community High School
Tuesdays 18:45 hrs - 20:45 hrs & Sundays 13:00 hrs - 15:00 hrs,
Age 5 - 18, all disabilities.
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Lothian Racers Disability Swimming Club
Tuesday 18:30 hrs - 20:30 hrs at Beeslack Community High School, Penicuik
All ages, all disabilities
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Loanhead Dolphins, Loanhead Leisure Centre, Midlothian
Thursdays 18:00 hrs - 20:00 hrs. All Ages, all disabilities.
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Beeslack All Stars Boccia Club, Beeslack Community High School. Penicuik
Sundays 14:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs. All Ages, all disabilities
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For Cycling and Snowsports and other sports outwith Midlothian and further information can be found on:

Murrayfield Racers

Murrayfield Racers announce their ticket prices Under-16’s and wheelchair users go free.

Tony Hand Murrayfield RacerTony Hand states “We are building a team to entertain Murrayfield Racers will allow every paying adult to bring a child aged under-16 to their home games free. And, all wheelchair users will be allowed free access to home games with their carer allowed in for £5.

Racers will play in the National Ice Hockey League 1 Cup (NIHL) and the Scottish National League (SNL).

Tickets for registered wheelchair users can now be bought online for any home. With around 50 tickets for each game free for wheelchair users and one carer getting access for free.

Murrayfield Racer LogoIt gets better wheelchair users are seated next to the safety barrier with a great view of the game. Just remember Murrayfield Ice Rink, can get pretty cold make sure you wrap up warm or take some money to purchase Warm Murrayfield Racer merchandise.

For more information on fixtures and to register please visit:
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Sports Club

Arniston Rangers Football Club

Bonnyrigg Rose Academy

Dalkeith Thistle Football Club

Telephone logo 07923 005 534

Dalkeith Rugby Football Club

Telephone logo 0131 663 5140

Easthouses Football Club

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Easthouses Lily Football Club

Heart of Midlothian Football Club

Telephone logo 0333 043 1874

Hibernian football club

Lasswade Rugby Football Club

Telephone logo 0131 663 8452

Lasswade Thistle Football Club

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Newtongrange Star Football Club

Telephone logo 0131 663 3362

Penicuik Athletic

Penicuik Rugby Football Club

Telephone logo 01968 676 771

Whitehill welfare Rosewell

Telephone logo 0131 448 2698

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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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