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Work IT Out Project launched!

Work IT Out Project launched!

18 Oct 2018

SCVO Digital Participation Fund has awarded MFIN and Volunteer Midlothian funding for a partnership project ‘Work IT Out’. We will run two sessions per week at Grassy Riggs in Woodburn on Thursdays 10.30-12 and at Newbattle Community Campus, Mayfield on Tuesdays 10.30-12 starting mid October. 

Sessions are aimed at helping jobseekers and those on low incomes to use IT to make the most of their money by income maximisation, money saving tips and signposting to other organisations. There will also be one to one sessions available in libraries. 

For more information on this new project, please click here.

Equal Futures looking for volunteers!

12 Sep 2018

Are you looking for work experience in the Health and Social Care Sector or would you just like to help someone feel less isolated? If you can give 2 hours a week of your time to help someone with disabilities become more independent Equal Futures wants to hear from you.  By giving only a small amount of your time you can help a person reconnect with their community, achieve their goals and increase their social network.  After 6 months you will be able to say that you have made the difference in someones life.

For further information click here or get in touch with Sarah Murphy at


Volunteers needed to help with Memory Walk!

08 Aug 2018

Be part of something really special and help out at your nearest Memory Walk! Volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland is lots of fun and great way to help make sure no one faces dementia alone.

The Midlothian Memory Walk is taking place at Dalkeith Country Park on Sunday 23rd September 2018 and Alzheimer Scotland are looking for volunteers to get involved.

What will I do on the day? As part of the Alzheimer Scotland team roles include:
  • Helping our team set up the event area- putting up balloons, banners and bunting.
  • Marshalling the walk route, making sure everyone is safe and having a great time!
  • Supervising activities and entertainment, where needed.
  • Handing out goodies and refreshments, if provided.
  • Taking photographs to help capture the day’s festivities.
  • Thanking our fundraisers for all their hard work and support.
Why volunteer at events?
  • Support people affected by dementia in Scotland.
  • Meet other enthusiastic and caring people in your community.
  • Enhance your CV.
  • Have a great family day out—invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you on the day!

For more information and to register your interest click here.

Transform Youth Volunteering Project Reaches Milestone

01 Aug 2018

Volunteer Midlothian’s Youth Supported Volunteering project has reached a milestone of having had a 1000 young people volunteer with the project since 2009. The Transform project offers supported volunteering placements to young people aged 14-20, whereby the young volunteers are trained by the project coordinator and supervised while they undertake their volunteering. This gives a high quality volunteering experience to young people who would normally be too anxious or have other barriers preventing them from volunteering.

There are 4 main volunteering opportunities that young people can volunteer with under Transform: Intergenerational Befriending, Gardening, Holiday Playschemes and Primary School sessions. Each one helps the community in a different way, but at the same time improves the confidence and broadens the skill base of the young volunteers who take part. Since 2009 the 1000 volunteers have helped at over 2500 volunteering sessions within one of these four opportunities.

The project is funded through Midlothian Council’s Large Grant stream, Peoples’ Health Trust and Children in Need.

For more information about the project contact Keith Barbour, Youth Support Coordinator on 0131 660 1216 or

Volunteer comments about Transform:

 “This has been a life-changing experience and I hope to learn more throughout this experience”

“If I didn’t start volunteering I don’t think I would even have half the ambition I do now”

 “I really enjoyed myself, this has been a great experience and I believe that the skills I have developed will benefit me in the future”

Other comments about Transform:

“Regardless of the varying needs of the pupils participating, the coordinator and his team have kept every single child engaged, supported and happy. A first class service that we dearly cherish at Mayfield Primary School – Principal Teacher from Mayfield Primary School

“Nice to have the young generation – brings back memories” – Resident at Whitehill Sheltered Housing

“The tenants really look forward to their volunteer sessions and have a fantastic time regardless of the activities. They all join in and have a lovely time bonding with each other as well as the volunteers” – Manager of Moorfoot Court Sheltered Housing

Residents and young volunteers playing active bingo at a sheltered housing complex.

Volunteers from Newbattle High School helping at the coding club at Mayfield Primary School.

Young people from Midlothian Council’s Life Long Learning and Employability program helping at the Community garden in Dalkeith Country Park.

Young Volunteer helping at Midlothian Association of Play’s summer playschemes.

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