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Community Links Dementia Art Exhibition

Community Links Dementia Art Exhibition

04 Apr 2018

An exhibition of works of art created by people living with mid to late stages of dementia was on display in the Penicuik Library. Two groups supported by volunteers and Mags Bryan- Dementia Local Area Coordinator, in partnership with Art and Healthcare, offered this creative opportunity to people in the Dalkeith and Penicuik areas.

During the workshops people were both highly motivated and much more animated when focussing on the art. There was a real sense of fun and interest in both the artwork used for discussion and the opportunity to try out new materials. 

The warmth, acceptance and encouragement by the two artists from Art in Healthcare offered a safe environment for people to explore their creativity and in so doing, gave them a new means of communication. 

We would like to thank the artists Heather Lucchesi and Olivia Irvine, and Margaret O’Connor- Chief Executive, for all their support and hard work to make the exhibition for people with dementia and the overall art experience so positive.

Easter Holidays

29 Mar 2018

Volunteer Midlothian will be closed on Good Friday (30th March) & Easter Monday (2nd April). We will re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3 April as normal.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Volunteers' Week Awards nominations now open!

05 Mar 2018

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it takes place from the 1-7 June each year. 

We host an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in Midlothian. This event recognises the contribution of volunteers and rewards them for their dedication and commitment. Our 2018 Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 7 June 2018 at Newbattle Abbey College. 

Nominations for 2018 are now OPEN!

We invite you to nominate individuals or teams of volunteers. Please click HERE to find out more and to make your nomination.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 29 March 2018.


Connect Online Project calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund!

01 Mar 2018

Our Connect Online Project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Our Connect Online Project is one of the groups on the shortlist. The project has been running since 2012 and offers basic IT tuition to adults across Midlothian through the help of local volunteers. To find out more about the project click here

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. To vote for our project you can visit the Hardengreen and Bonnyrigg Tesco stores from now until 30 April. 

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit


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