MIDLOTHIAN VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS
It is difficult to estimate exactly how many groups are in Midlothian as many of the smaller ones are fairly informal and are not in contact with any of the umbrella organisations. However, following a mapping exercise in 2012 we estimated that there were over 700 community groups and voluntary organisations currently operating in Midlothian. Many of these are very small (e.g. Brownie packs; art clubs; walking groups etc). There are also many staffed organisations, ranging from groups with one or two part-time staff members, up to housing associations and care providers with large numbers of staff. In November 2012, there were approximately 270 charities based in Midlothian that were registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).
In addition to the organisations and groups that are actually based in Midlothian, many residents of Midlothian benefit from services provided by organisations that have their headquarters elsewhere, e.g. Edinburgh. Some of these have their own premises in Midlothian. Others have workers that come out to see clients in their own homes or in other premises. Others will be in contract with Midlothian Council (or another agency) to provide services to Midlothian residents elsewhere.
Information on some of these organisations is available from our A to Z of Voluntary Organisations in Midlothian and also from other Directories on our Publications page. Information on charities in Midlothian can be found on the Scottish Charity Register. Please note, however, that charities listed as "Midlothian" include a number of charities whose postal address has been given as Midlothian, e.g. some charities that operate only in Edinburgh.
If anybody wants to find out about Volunteering in Midlothian they should contact the Volunteer Centre Midlothian for information.
Contact information for some other Midlothian organisations/forums/committees e.g. Midlothian Council, is available on our External Links section.
| A-Z of Voluntary Organisations in Midlothian
|Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)|
|Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations|