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Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Volunteer Recruitment Fair

18 Aug 2016

We are hosting our next Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Thursday 22 September from 12-4pm at the Dalkeith Arts Centre. We are now taking bookings for stalls from organisations who wish to promote local volunteering opportunities. 

Stalls cost £15 for non-members, £10 for members.

To book your place please download the booking form and return it to . Bookings will be made on a first come first serve basis.


Local Community Councils looking for new members

29 Jul 2016

 There are 16 community councils in Midlothian and they act as a voice for their local area. As well as representing the community to the local authority, Community Councils facilitate a wide range of activities which promote the well-being of their communities. They bring local people together to help make things happen.  Local Community Councils are particularly looking for more young people to get involved and have their voice heard. Anyone over 16 can go along to a meeting or raise an issue.

To find out more about joining your local Community Council, please click here

Get Ready for Volunteering course

21 Jul 2016

This 4 week course is designed to help individuals with mental health difficulties find out more about volunteering.  The course is designed to help people feel better prepared and more ready to volunteer, but there is no pressure to start volunteering on its completion.

It will be delivered at the VOCAL office at Hardengreen, starting on Tuesday 23rd August 10.30am-12.30pm.

For more information click here.

UPower Volunteer Open Event

11 Jul 2016

UPower is a project run by Rural & Urban Training Scheme (RUTS) in Midlothian. UPower is committed to helping people in Midlothian 'lead happier & healthier lives’. To achieve this they want people to start using active travel methods like cycling. They are looking to recruit volunteers to help people consider and take action on their overall carbon footprint through carbon and energy saving activities. The UPower team will be delivering activities until March 2017, including attending public events where they will display their Skills track and offer cycle smoothies & pedal cinema amongst other bike related activities. They are also looking for volunteers to help with their main campaign called ‘Midlothian to the Moon’, where they are encouraging the people of the region to cycle the equivalent distance as a journey to the Moon. 

UPower are hosting an open event this Friday 15th July from 10 - 11.30am at their offices in Newtongrange: Rural and Urban Training Scheme Ltd., Former Central Workshops, Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, EH22 4QN. This event is for anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering with the project. There will be the chance to try out the Skills track and also chat with the staff to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available. 

For more information contact Neil Stoddart, Volunteer Coordinator on 07930 369 574 or email

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