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Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016

The SIMD 2016 was published in August 2016 and can be found on the Scottish Government website  It contains lot of useful information including an interactive map.


The Profile of Midlothian 2016

This has now been published on the Midlothian Council website (you will need to use "search" to find it).

Midlothian TSI Training Programme

Our fabulous new training programme is now available from our website - courses from Volunteer Midlothian, SEAM, and MVA.   Further info from our Training page.




Coalfields Regeneration School – recruiting now in Midlothian

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust recognises that a significant number of Third Sector, community and voluntary organisations continue to be reliant on grant funding. A lack of skills in key areas means that organisations don’t have the confidence to embrace the entrepreneurial culture, currently shaping Scotland’s Third Sector and are struggling to be sustainable.

The Coalfields Regeneration School was designed to address those skills gaps. Its aim is to develop enterprising communities and local organisations working towards long term sustainability as a way of maintaining vibrancy in their community.

The School has been offered in a number of areas across Scotland over the past few years. This year it is being offered in Midlothian and will be delivered by Community Enterprise, in partnership with MVA.

The Coalfields Regeneration School comprises a series of workshops and activities centred on topics of key importance to the participating organisations. The School is delivered to a small number of groups who work together throughout, with the programme specifically tailored to meet needs identified through an initial organisational review.

Workshop topics include Creativity and Innovation; Product Development and Project Planning; Social Media; Marketing; Websites and Newsletters; Working with People; Pricing and Operational Planning; Business Structures and Governance.

The workshop programme is followed by a final review identifying further mentoring and signposting to other available support. The programme will end with a celebration event in December.

During the programme, the participants will be encouraged to use CRT’s on-line platform to share information and support each other. 

The programme is open to any organisation operating in Midlothian or in coalfield communities in East Lothian and West Lothian.

The participant is the organisation, rather than a specified individual from an organisation. We expect a commitment to take part in the initial and final reviews and to attend a minimum of 5 half-day workshops from September to December 2016. Different people can attend workshop sessions on the organisation's behalf – staff, volunteers or Board members. This ensures a spread of knowledge and skills within an organisation and reduces dependency on one key person.

For further information and to enrol, please contact Pamela Redpath at Community Enterprise on 07989 923 260 or by email to




Staff Changes - On the 4th of November, MVA bid a sad farewell to Information Officer, Margaret Nisbet after 15 years of dedicated service to the organisation.  Margaret has taken early retirement and is planning a leisurely life with her husband, Willy.  She plans to continue with her photography, bird watching and painting - and all the other things she was too busy to do.  Good luck Margaret - we will miss you!



updated 2016-10-11