MIDLOTHIAN VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
At present there is no one source where you can find every single Midlothian voluntary organisation or service. This is for a number of reasons, not least the resources required to gather this and keep it updated. However, there are a number of sources for different sectors.
At present, MVA is investigating options to provide a searchable database on our website based on the Scotland-wide "Milo" database for which most Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) (including Midlothian) collect data for.
The following should help you find the organisation you are looking for.
MARCH (Midlothian Area Resource Coordination for Hardship) - http://marchproject.org.uk/ - This website is a resource for people living or working in Midlothian and provides easy access to information on the broad range of support available to those experiencing financial hardship.
Independent Advocacy in the Lothians - http://www.advocacyinlothian.org/ This website explains what Independent Advocacy is and lists organisations in Lothian who provide Independent Advocacy that you can get in touch with.
Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance - http://www.siaa.org.uk/ - This website includes a Scotland-wide searchable database.
Befriending Networks - http://www.befriending.co.uk/ "Befriending Networks is the country's leading resource on befriending" - the website includes a UK Befriending Directory.
Wee Break Midlothian - http://weebreak.org/ - "Wee Break Midlothian is run by VOCAL - the carer's centre in Midlothian" and includes a co-ordination point for information on the options available to carers for short breaks, including clubs and activities etc.
All charities based in Scotland, and most of those with a presence in Scotland although based elsewhere, should be registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Scottish Charity Register http://www.oscr.org.uk/charities/search-scottish-charity-register
There is information on Community Cafes and Coffee Socials included in the Community Coordinators' "Midlothian Weekly Calendar for Older People" - please see in "OLDER PEOPLE" section below.
There is information included on Community Growing Projects in the Community Coordinators' "Midlothian Weekly Calendar for Older People" - please see in "OLDER PEOPLE" section below.
Forward Mid's Directory for Disabled People 2016 - http://www.forwardmid.org.uk/directorypage1.html - this can be searched online. There is also a downloadable version. A limited number of hard copies are available from MVA and other sources.
Sightline Directory (RNIB) - http://www.sightlinedirectory.org.uk/ - The directory for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people - he directory for services aimed at helping blind or partially sighted people.
Living It Up - https://portal.livingitup.org.uk/ - The website is a resource for people with long term health issues, carers, professionals or anyone really who wants to know how to take better care of themselves and/or find out more about what’s on in their local community.
Midspace - http://www.midspace.co.uk/ - "Midspace is a source of local information that helps people to make informed choices about their mental health and wellbeing" and includes and includes a Service Directory.
Directory for Older People Living in Midlothian 2013 - The Directory has been published as a hard copy and is available from MVA and Midlothian Council. It can also be downloaded from here as a pdf file. Work has starrted on collating the next edition for publication 2016.
Midlothian Weekly Calendars for Older People - This calendar is produced monthly by the British Red Cross Community Coordinators and contains lots of information about groups, cafes etc that may be of particular interest to older people, carers, etc. It can be downloaded from the Wee Breaks website, http://weebreak.org/places-to-go/whats-on-in-your-area/
A-Z of Voluntary Organisations in Midlothian - websites of lots of organisations based in and/or working in Midlothian. http://www.mvacvs.org/index.php/voluntary-sector/vol-orgsa-z-main/ Please note that this list is not comprehensive. If you would like your website added please email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Get Involved" - a searchable database published by SCVO (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations) which uses information provided to Third Sector Interfaces (including Midlothian) as part of the "Milo" database project - http://www.getinvolved.org.uk/ This is a work in progress. If you wish your organisation or group added, or your entry amended, please contact Margaret Nisbet, tel: 0131 663 9471, email: email@example.com.
ALISS online database - ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a search and collaboration tool for Health and Wellbeing resources in Scotland. It helps signpost people to useful community support, and with an ALISS account you can contribute the many and varied resources that our local communities have to offer. http://www.aliss.org/ Organisations can enter and maintain their own records.
SCVO Get Involved online database