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Midlothian what’s on guide

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 15:03
Your weekly listings for what’s on in Midlothian for the next week.

Crimebeat round-up

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 12:38
Our weekly crimebeat update for the period of August 6-13 lists incidents recorded by police in the west side of Midlothian.

Could you be a short term foster carer like Michelle?

Midlothian View - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:09

Midlothian Council has launched a new campaign to recruit foster carers.

Carers like Michelle Dow, pictured, often start their fostering careers by offering weekend or short term placements to a child or young person in need. Could you be a short-term foster carer with Midlothian Council?

Michelle, who lives in Dalkeith with her five-year-old daughter, says she would recommend it.

She says: “I chose to do short term fostering at the beginning because I wanted to gain experience as a foster carer and I also thought it might be easier for my daughter than having someone in the house full time.”

Michelle, who has been fostering now for just over a year, offered short-term care to a three-year-old girl. She has also recently been caring for two teenage siblings every weekend.

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She says her experience has confirmed she would like to become a full time foster carer. She says:

“That was always my plan, to start off doing the short-term before moving to full-time foster care.

“I think the best thing about fostering is seeing the young people ‘grow’. The two teenagers I had at weekends have recently been given full-time placements so it was really nice to see them go to their forever home. The hardest part about the job is saying goodbye.”

Michelle wanted to foster after experiencing disruption in her own childhood for various reasons including her mum being in hospital. She says: “We relied on grandparents and family friends to look after us and if we didn’t have that we might have ended up in the care system ourselves.”

She says she gets a lot of support from the council. Like the children in her care, she has her own social worker who visits monthly and who is on the other end of the phone if she needs to talk.

Michelle goes to a support group for new carers and attends ongoing training sessions in subjects such as child protection.

The ongoing training will eventually lead to an SVQ 3 qualification in childcare, which carers can then use if they ever want to pursue other roles in early learning.

It took Michelle just over a year to become a foster carer, from first enquiry to panel approval.

She says: “There are challenges but I’d really recommend it.”

Find out more about fostering with Midlothian Council, including payments and allowances

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City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Midlothian View - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 11:06

Pictured at the City Region Deal signing ceremony: Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan (second from right) with Prime Minister Theresa May, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, City of Edinburgh Council Leader Adam McVey (centre) and other council leaders.

Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

The City Region Deal is a £1.3bn investment over the next 15 years that aims to accelerate economic growth and create opportunities for citizens across the entire South East of Scotland.

The UK and Scottish Government are partnering with six local authorities (Edinburgh, Midlothian, East Lothian, Fife, Scottish Borders and West Lothian), Edinburgh’s universities and colleges and the private and third sectors to deliver the Deal.

Anyone working in the private or third sectors in the region can apply for the Regional Enterprise Council. Its role is to advise the decision-making body, the Joint Committee, on aspects of the Deal. Members will support the implementation of the programme and provide a consensus from their sector based on their industry knowledge. Appointed individuals will also engage with their own networks to help capture a wide range of views and champion the Deal nationally and internationally to encourage investment opportunities.

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Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan said:

“This is a great opportunity for suitably experienced representatives from the private and third sectors to help support the delivery of the City Region Deal’s ambitious plans for inclusive growth. Along with the wider region, Midlothian is set to benefit from this major investment and the Regional Enterprise Council will be a key component in helping capitalise on the opportunities the Deal creates.”

The Regional Enterprise Council will comprise 12 members representing the region’s diverse economy and demographics. All local authority areas will be represented by at least one member with significant operations in their area and individuals will come from a range of organisation sizes.

Anyone interested can apply at by Friday 14 September 2018.

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City Region Deal on the hunt for leading lights from private and third sectors

Midlothian Council - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 09:23
Applications are open for individuals in the private and third sectors to join the Regional Enterprise Council for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Lifelong learning classes launched

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 08:54
Bookings can now be made for Midlothian Council’s lifelong learning and employability 2018/19 classes.

Book now for our lifelong learning classes

Midlothian Council - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 07:19
Bookings can now be made for our Lifelong Learning and Employability 2018/19 classes.

Ilona Amos: It’s wrong to kill hares to protect grouse for shooting

Midlothian Advertiser - Tue, 14/08/2018 - 05:00
Allowing mass culls of Scotland’s mountain hares – a protected species – is madness, says Ilona Amos.

Wellbeing fund’s huge boost for charity

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 15:35
A service which eases financial stress for people in Lothian with Huntington’s disease (HD), has been given a £340,000 boost.

Man sentenced for sexual crimes against teenagers in Edinburgh and Midlothian

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 10:23
A man has today (Monday) been sentenced to prison for a number of serious sexual offences committed against teenagers in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Former serviceman who raped a schoolgirl jailed for 9 years

Edinburgh Evening News Midlothian - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 09:53
A former serviceman who raped a schoolgirl and sexually assaulted another underage girl was jailed for nine years today.

Dog event cancelled

Midlothian Advertiser - Mon, 13/08/2018 - 08:31
This Saturday’s dog event at Arniston House, Dogs Allowed, has been cancelled.

Bonnyrigg playwright/ actor’s Fringe run

Midlothian Advertiser - Sun, 12/08/2018 - 12:18
A Bonyrigg playwright/ actor’s latest play begins a week-long run at the Fringe on Monday.

Trust to engage locals

Midlothian Advertiser - Sat, 11/08/2018 - 12:15
Funding has been secured to develop a community engagement officer to engage with the local community around Mavisbank House.

Site manager picks up award

Midlothian Advertiser - Sat, 11/08/2018 - 11:45
Allan Anderson, Site Manager at Taylor Wimpey’s Greenlaw Mill development in Penicuik, is celebrating having won a prestigious national housebuilding award.

Relief map celebrates bond between Scotland and Poland

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 15:57
November 11 this year will be a poignant date for many people here in Scotland.

Dog show fetches charity cash

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 14:12
The German Shepherd Rescue Scotland fun dog show took place at Vogrie Country Park last Saturday for the seventh consecutive year.

Poundworld buyer welcomed

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 11:39
Shopworkers’ trade union Usdaw has welcomed news of a buyer for Poundworld.

Take a class to learn a new skill

Midlothian View - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 08:25

Cake decorating is one class on offer.

Bookings can now be made for Midlothian Council’s Lifelong Learning and Employability 2018/19 classes. The ‘Aim High’ programme offers a number of opportunities to brush up old skills or learn new ones and gain qualifications – all in relaxed and friendly venues.

Classes, available across the county, include everything from criminology to crafts with both certificated and non-certificated courses offered.

The activities aim to get people of all ages and backgrounds into learning, enhancing the opportunity of employability and further education or simply helping to rediscover the joy of learning.

Learners who are eligible can also apply for up to £200 towards the cost of some courses through Skills Development Scotland’s Individual Training Accounts (ITA) scheme.

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Councillor Jim Muirhead, deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for education and children’s services, said:

“Our Aim High classes offer a fantastic opportunity to enhance qualifications, get back into learning and meet new people.

“The classes have been a big success in recent years, helping young people, adults and families develop skills for learning, life and work. I hope many take the opportunity to get involved in the variety of great classes on offer again this year.”

Enrolment starts on Tuesday 14 August at 10:00am and classes can be booked online or in person at designated venues.

Classes are available in the following categories:-

– Creative arts
– Digital skills
– Employability
– Family learning
– Health and wellbeing
– Languages
– Outdoor learning
– Parents and carers
– Qualifications
– Social subjects

A number of courses taking place at Beeslack Community High School are available to book from week beginning Monday 20 August.

For more information and to book online visit

Printed brochures can also be found at Lifelong Learning and Employability venues, libraries and leisure centres.

To find out more about the Skills Development Scotland Individual Training Accounts scheme visit,

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Penicuik woman’s Fringe show puts army women first

Midlothian Advertiser - Fri, 10/08/2018 - 08:22
A Penicuik playwright/ director’s Fringe show based on interviews with women serving as and married to Commonwealth soldiers in the British Army, begins today (Friday).