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Sightseeing pass on track to boost local visitor attractions

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 06:13
People are being urged to jump in the car or take the train or bus from Edinburgh and explore what Midlothian and the Borders can offer.

Teaching old dogs new tricks at Midlothian vet clinic

Midlothian Advertiser - Wed, 23/05/2018 - 06:00
The new vet physio clinic at the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is helping lame dogs find their feet again.

Celebrating Midlothian’s volunteers

Midlothian View - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 15:05

The award winners from last year’s Volunteer Midlothian ceremony.

Volunteer Midlothian joins national Volunteers’ Week Scotland celebration to highlight the huge contribution made by volunteers in Midlothian

Volunteer Midlothian is teaming up with thousands of charities and voluntary organisations across Scotland in a celebration of the vital contribution made by volunteers. This year the theme is ‘Volunteering For All,’ which organisers hope will provide organisations with an opportunity to highlight that volunteering is for everyone.

From 1-7 June 2018, Volunteers’ Week Scotland will see a huge range of events take place in communities all over the country, from small awards ceremonies to large celebratory gatherings.

Volunteer Midlothian is hosting their annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony on Thursday 7th June at Newbattle Abbey College. The event recognises the huge contribution volunteers give each year across Midlothian. Volunteering in Midlothian still remains above average, with 29% of the population giving their time to help in their local community.

Volunteer Midlothian would like to hear what other local organisations have planned to celebrate Volunteers’ Week, so to get in touch call on 0131 660 1216 or email

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Volunteers are vital to the strength and vitality of Scottish society, with their work valued at £2 billion every year. Recent research found that Scotland’s young people are particularly engaged, with participation now at 52% – nearly double the adult figure of 27%.

With so many people volunteering, there are a huge range of achievements to celebrate. Whether working to improve the local environment, spending time with people who need help, or providing other kinds of essential services and support, the efforts made by volunteers make an invaluable difference to the lives of people and communities everywhere.

As well as celebrating the work of existing volunteers, Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a new opportunity for voluntary organisations to promote the benefits that volunteering can bring. The week can also help highlight how people can access opportunities and overcome any barriers they might be facing.

The Scottish Volunteering Forum is encouraging as many people as possible to take part.

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Forum Chairman Paul Okroj said:

“Volunteers’ Week Scotland offers a rare opportunity to mark the huge difference made by volunteers all over the country, and to catch the attention of potential new recruits. Don’t miss out on what’s set to be an inspirational week.”

Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, George Thomson said:

“Volunteering is absolutely for everyone, and I fully support this year’s theme. While we celebrate the diversity of Scotland’s volunteering nation we should also recognise that more still needs to be done if volunteering is to be truly representative of our society. Those who are not engaged are who have the most to gain from volunteering, and we need to change to evaluate participation for everyone.
Volunteers’ Week is a great occasion to recognise volunteers and celebrate the difference volunteering makes to each and every community. It’s also a time to reflect on how we can work together to make the offer of volunteering truly one that is open to all.”

Organisations can visit the Volunteers’ Week section of the Volunteer Scotland website to access a range of promotional resources and suggestions for activities.

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Experts predict an increase in Scotland's daddy longlegs population

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 14:27
Scottish residents should expect to see a rise in the number of daddy longlegs (also known as crane flies) this year, after millions of larvae were discovered underground.

Doorstep Crime Campaign Launched

Midlothian Council - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 10:22
A national campaign warning people about doorstep crime has been launched by Police Scotland in Midlothian. Operation Monarda is a two week campaign running till 3rd June.

College offers teaching path

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 06:38
A course designed to give adults with few or no qualifications a pathway into primary school teaching is seeking new recruits.

Fringe poster finalist

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 22/05/2018 - 05:43
Penicuik High School pupil Kate Miller’s poster/programme cover design has been shortlisted for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe competition.

Cannabis cultivation discovered in Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 15:58
Police in Midlothian are appealing for witnesses after a cannabis cultivation was discovered at an industrial unit in Loanhead on Friday (May 18).

Edinburgh Marathon 2018: full list of road closures

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 12:43
The Edinburgh Marathon Festival rolls into town this weekend with races running on both the Saturday and Sunday - make sure you don't get caught out by road closures with this handy guide.

Flat fire in Loanhead

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 12:19
Police in Midlothian are investigating following a fire at a flat in Loanhead.

Second hand goods warning

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 21/05/2018 - 06:21
Midlothian Trading Standards are advising people of the risks of buying second-hand electrical goods, and warning retailers against selling such items.