Local News

Clock is ticking down on CALA bursary scheme

Midlothian Advertiser - 8 hours 9 min ago
Time is running out for local organisations and projects across Midlothian to apply for their share of a £10,000 bursary scheme

Started your own business? Looking for free help and advice?

Midlothian Council - 11 hours 53 min ago
Have you already been in contact with Business Gateway Midlothian? If not, why not get in touch with one of our business advisors?

Second-hand car dealers urged to read new guide

Midlothian Council - 12 hours 39 min ago
Midlothian Council is urging all second-hand car dealers in the area to read a new guide to ensure that they work within the law.

Terrorism: Be alert and take action

Midlothian Advertiser - 13 hours 55 min ago
Members of the public are being encouraged to report suspicious activity in a bid to prevent terrorism.

Midlothian residents asked to support Earth Hour

Midlothian Council - 14 hours 56 min ago
Midlothian Council is inviting people to take part in this year's annual WWF Earth Hour event. People can participate by switching off their lights for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday 24 March.

Society opens its piggy bank to good causes

Midlothian Advertiser - 16 hours 17 min ago
Community housing projects and charities in Midlothian are being urged to put their case forward as Nationwide makes £250,000 available to help make a difference across Scotland.

Andy Wightman: Communities need to be in on plan

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - 16 hours 33 min ago
Readers to these pages will be familiar with the case I recently highlighted of the proposed film studio on Jim Telfer’s farm near Straiton. Despite violations against the local plan and strong local opposition, there are fears that Mr Telfer and his family could be forced off the land they have farmed for more than a century.

Top award for dairy study

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 19/03/2018 - 07:15
The Principal of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) attended a special investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive SRUC’s Queen’s Anniversary Prize from Prince Charles.

New bouldering centre for Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:19
A business which opened its doors in Carlisle in 2012 has seen so many Scots travelling down the M74, that it has now opened a new branch in Scotland.

Strangers rescue Jade’s wedding day

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 14:10
A bride has thanked total strangers who united to clear the road so she could marry the love of her life.

Council hosts ‘Two Trumpets’ autism strategy event

Midlothian Council - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 08:42
Midlothian Council is inviting those with a connection to autism to join an interactive event to share ideas and learn more about the progress of the Midlothian autism strategy ‘Two Trumpets'.

Council set to get more cash

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 16/03/2018 - 07:13
Midlothian Council is just one local council which can apply for financial assistance under the Bellwin Scheme following recent heavy snowfalls.

Missing Edinburgh woman may have travelled to Carlisle

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 10:14
Police are appealing for a missing woman who they believe could have travelled to Carlisle via the Borders.

Section of cycle path closed

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 10:07
Following a road accident yesterday at Wester Auchendinny Bridge, causing damage to the parapet, the cycleway below has been closed until further notice due to unstable masonry.

Police try to trace missing woman

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:23
Police in Edinburgh are appealing for the public’s help to trace a 46-year-old woman reported missing from the Sighthill area of the city.

Give your views on the green network

Midlothian Council - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 09:08
There’s still time to give your views on how Midlothian’s green network can be improved.

MP visits Loanhead firm to discuss
new apprentices

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 07:12
Danielle Rowley MP met with apprentices and staff at MacTaggart Scott during a recent parliamentary recess.

NO! to new housing plans say Bonnyrigg

Midlothian Advertiser - Thu, 15/03/2018 - 07:06
It’s looking like it could be squaring up for a David versus Goliath type battle as Bonnyrigg residents vow to fight developers plans.

Penicuik to Bonnyrigg Cycle Path Closed

Midlothian Council - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 14:32
Section of cycle route closed for until further notice following road accident

Veterans placement internship first

Midlothian View - Wed, 14/03/2018 - 14:26

Sean Clancy (right) pictured at a youth drop in session at Eskdaill Court.

Sean Clancy has become the first person to complete a veterans placement internship with Midlothian Council.

Sean, from Edinburgh, has been working in the Lifelong Learning and Employability team as a Youth Support Worker since December last year.

Having left the army after 33 years of service, Sean joined the army reserves two years ago.  However a rolling, zero hours, contract hasn’t offered much stability. The 10 week placement at the Council came at a time when there were no hours available within the reserves, and so provided an opportunity for employment.

Speaking about his experience of the placement, Sean, who now lives in East Lothian, said:

“I first heard about the placement from one of the guys at the Lothians Veteran Centre in Dalkeith.  I felt the job description was similar to what I’ve done in my recent role in army which has been coaching and mentoring, helping others develop leadership skills.

“Midlothian Council have been really good with me since day one, offering support and encouraging me.  It was great to know that I could transfer into something like youth work as I was a bit worried my skill set from the army wouldn’t be compatible with much.

Sean also feels others who have been in army could benefit from these types of initiatives:

“There are a lot of soldiers who are displaced when they leave – they either don’t know about joining the reserves or maybe don’t want to.  Placements like these can get them back on solid ground and give them a launch pad to other things.”

The result of collaboration between Bright Green Business and the Council, the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) Midlothian Council Veteran Placement Programme offers five paid internships to post discharge veterans.

A second placement has been offered to a candidate, working in a separate Youth Support Worker role, while a third and fourth placement has been advertised for a Travel Coordinator and an Event and Project Officer.

Sean’s contribution to the Council has been highly beneficial and accordingly, his placement has since been extended to continue his work on the project.

The pilot programme, funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund, aims to act as a learning tool to demonstrate how other local authorities can and should engage with veterans, a group with much to offer but often overlooked by employers.

George Archibald, Joint CEO of The Business Partnership said:

“Bright Green Business has been delighted to work in partnership with Midlothian Council and the various Veteran Support Organisations to facilitate this pilot programme. The funding from the Armed Forces Covenant has enabled us to open up a range of Internship opportunities within Midlothian Council.

“We have applied our Graduate Internship model to this group of Veterans and will take the learning from this pilot to encourage a range of local and national employers along with other Local Authorities to offer placements and employment to Veterans.  They offer all the skills and attributes needed by employers and they shouldn’t miss the opportunity to engage with them!”

The Council and Bright Green Business are supported on the venture by a number of veteran organisations including Edinburgh Garrison, Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Lothian Armed Forces and Veterans Project, Poppy Scotland and the Lothians Veterans Centre in Dalkeith.

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