Midlothian Services Directory

Addiction Services

Alcoholics Anonymous Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group set up to help people recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.  0800 9177650
ELCA ELCA (Edinburgh and Lothian Council on Alcohol) offers free advice, information and support around alcohol and helps anyone worried about their own or someone else’s drinking. 0131 3378188
Forward Forward supports people in recovery from addiction and ex-offenders to reconnect with family members and friends and to build and maintain healthy relationships. Services include advice, information and signposting, support groups or individual counselling.  0203 9815533
MELD MELD (Mid and East Lothian Drugs) provides locally accessible, confidential and non-judgemental substance misuse services across Mid and East Lothian. They promote recovery and reduce substance misuse-related harm to individuals, families and the wider community. 0131 4464833 01312859553 
Narcotics Anonymous  Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. Made up of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean, it is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using. 0300 9991212
Simpson House Simpson House provides a confidential recovery and counselling service for adults affected by drug use. 0131 2256028

Advocacy Services

CAPS CAPS is an independent advocacy organisation for people who use or have used mental health services. Providing individual and collective advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian, they also host several experience-led projects across Lothian. 01312735118

EARS EARS (Edinburgh Advocacy & Representation Service) is an independent advocacy service standing up for the rights of people in Edinburgh and the Lothians.  01314788866
Partners in Advocacy Partners in Advocacy provide independent advocacy for individuals living with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, physical disabilities and people over 65. They also provide advocacy to children and young people who are living with mental health issues, additional support needs and learning disabilities. 01314787723

Carer and Third Sector Support

Midlothian Voluntary Action Midlothian Voluntary Action (MVA) exists to support and develop community and third sector organisations in Midlothian and encourage powerful partnership working. 01316639471
Vocal VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) supports and empowers unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian through individual support, information, training and access to services. 01316636869

Children and Young People

Barnardos 16+ This service supports the transition from care to independent living, with follow on services providing skills, knowledge and access to 1:1 advice. 01314467000
Children 1st  Children 1st bills itself as Scotland's national children's charity,  set up to prevent abuse and neglect, to protect children and keep them safe from harm. 08000282233
MYPAS MYPAS (Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service) helps young people (aged 12 to 21) to deal with issues including mental health and drug and alcohol use. Based in Dalkeith, their information, support and counselling services are free, friendly and confidential. 01314540757

Crisis Support

British Red Cross The British Red Cross helps millions of people in the UK and around the world get the support they need in times of crisis. 034487111111

Day Care

Alzheimer Scotland Alzheimer Scotland has 21 resource centres across Scotland providing a safe and friendly environment for people with dementia and their carers to visit and take part in a wide variety of activity groups.


Broomhill Day Centre  An established charity providing day care for socially isolated over 65s who live in and around the Penicuik area. 01968678109

Disability Support

Contact Scotland Contact Scotland BSL (British Sign Language) is a Scottish Government online video relay service connecting deaf BSL users throughout Scotland with all of Scotland’s public authorities and many voluntary organisations. 03333447712
Forward Mid Forward Mid raises awareness of the challenges and opportunities which exist for disabled people both locally and nationally. 01316639471
Lothian DLC Lothian Disabled Living Centre (DLC) provides free and impartial information and advice about equipment that can help people who  struggle with daily living due to age, disability or illness. A referral isn't needed but visits are strictly by appointment only. 01315379190
Momentum Momentum provides rehabilitation, training, employability and care services for disabled and socially excluded people throughout the UK. Their services help a wide range of people, including those with a brain injury, spinal injury, mental health difficulty, physical or learning disability. 01414195299
RNIB RNIB Scotland (Royal National Institute of Blind People) works on behalf of people in Scotland with sight loss, delivering services for members and campaigning for their civil and welfare rights. They support children, young people and adults with sight loss to live full and independent lives, and work with others to help minimise preventable sight loss. 03031239999

Discrimination Support

ELREC ELREC (Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council) provides a range of services designed to promote equality and fight all forms of prejudice across Edinburgh & Lothians. 01315560441
Positive Action in Housing Positive Action in Housing is an independent, anti-racist homelessness and human rights charity dedicated to supporting women, children and men from refugee and migrant backgrounds to rebuild their lives. 01413533882

Domestic Abuse

Women's Aid East and Midlothian Women's Aid provides confidential information, support and temporary accommodation to women and their children who have experienced domestic abuse. 01316639827

Emotional and Bereavement Support

Alzheimer Scotland Alzheimer Scotland offers a free 24 hour helpline, providing information and emotional support to people with dementia, carers, families, friends and professionals. 08088083000
CISWO Based in West Lothian, CISWO is a coal mining charity that provides a range of services to former miners and mining communities. Services include emotional support and help with money issues. 07831596120
Cruse Scotland Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland is a charity, staffed by volunteers, providing bereavement support to people throughout Scotland, helping them to understand their grief and cope with their loss.  08456002227
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre  The Rape Crisis Centre offers free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people of all ages, and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. 08088010302
Macmillan Cancer Support Macmillan provides emotional, physical and financial support for cancer patients and their carers, from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond. 08088080000
Maggie's Centre Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, their families and friends. Help is offered freely to anyone with any type of cancer. 03001231801
Richmond's Hope Richmond’s Hope provides support for children and young people aged 4-18 years who have been bereaved. 01316616818
Samaritans - Edinburgh & Lothians Samaritans offers listening and support to people and communities in times of need. In prisons, schools, hospitals and on the rail network, Samaritans are working with people who are going through a difficult time and training others to do the same. 0131116123
The Survivors Trust The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services across the UK, providing information, advice, support and therapy to over 80,000 individual survivors each year. 08088010818
Victim Support Scotland Victim Support Scotland provides victims and witnesses with free confidential, emotional and practical support, and information about the criminal justice system. 08001601985

Energy Advice

Home Energy Scotland Home Energy Scotland is the Scottish Government's free and impartial service committed to helping people across Scotland reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer and more affordable to heat. 08088082282

Family Support

Bright Light Bright Light is a charity and the largest provider of relationship counselling in Scotland, offering a comprehensive range of services throughout the Lothians. 01315561527
Cyrenians Cyrenians serves those on the edge, working with people at risk of becoming homeless and providing support in a wide range of areas including family life, work and skills, and home and food. 01314752354
Family Mediation Lothian Family Mediation Lothian (FML) helps and supports families and children who are experiencing a break up. 01312204324
Home Link Family Support Home Link Family Support gives children and families across Edinburgh and Midlothian a positive start in life by providing support to them in their own homes. 01316610890
Parent Line Parent Line is a confidential helpline run by Children 1st (formerly the RSPCC). It's aim is to help families resolve the problems and issues they are facing.  08000282223
Sweet Dignity Clothing Banks A community recycling project that provides clothing for all ages, as well as home and baby goods. 07740586878


Dalkeith Storehouse Provides five days of food for up to eight weeks to families with children up to age 18.  Covers Dalkeith, Danderhall, Woodburn and Pathhead. Contact your Housing Officer for a referral
Food Facts Friends FFF provides three days' food for up to eight weeks.  Available for all Midlothian areas, collection from Penicuik only.  Contact your Housing Officer for a referral
Food Store at Penicuik North Kirk Provides five days of food for up to eight weeks to families with children up to age 18.  Covers Penicuik, Roslyn, Bilston  Contact your Housing Officer for a referral
Midlothian Foodbank Provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food - covers all areas of Midlothian.  Collection from Gorebridge. Contact your Housing Officer for a referral
Midlothian Food Pantry

The Food Pantry has been set up for Mayfield and Esthouses residents.  It offers free membership and a weekly charge of £3.50 per household to enable people to access food up to the value of £15.

Contact MAEDT
Clydesdale Foodbank

For our tenants in Forth the Clydesdale Foodbank provides food parcels and top up cards for gas and electric meters.

Contact your Housing Officer for a referral

Funeral Help

Caledonia Cremation Caledonia Cremation is part of the charity Community Renewal Trust and Scotland’s first not-for-profit funeral directors. They cover all of mainland Scotland and have a special helpline for anyone considering claiming DWP Funeral Benefits. 03000113311

Home Safety

RoSPA RoSPA is a charity that shares safety knowledge and advice to reduce serious accidental injuries. RoSPA Scotland is based in Edinburgh, but covers the length and breadth of Scotland. 01314499379
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Scottish Fire and Rescue offers free home safety visits to help reduce the chances of domestic fires. 08000731999

Mental Health

Anam Cara Anam Cara is a Dalkeith-based charity that supports women to improve their emotional well being. 07551774089
Breathing Space Breathing Space is a free, confidential, phone service for anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. 0800 838587
Harm Reduction Team Harm reduction service delivered by NHS Lothian. 01315378300
Health in Mind Health in Mind promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland. Individuals can approach them directly, or be referred to their services by a GP or another healthcare professional. 01312026413 01316631616
Midlothian Access Point Midlothian Access Point is open to people aged 18 to 65 who are registered with a GP in Midlothian and who are looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing. 01312026413

Money, Welfare Benefits and Independent Housing Advice

The Action Group Welfare Benefits Advice for families with a disabled child and adults with support needs who use Action group services. 01314752315
Citizens Advice Midlothian Citizens Advice Scotland has two Advice Bureaux in Midlothian (in Dalkeith and Penicuik) providing free, independent, confidential, and impartial help and support on a wide range of issues, including housing, welfare and benefits.  01316601636/ 08000327077
ELREC Support & Advice ELREC (Edinburgh and Lothian Regional Equality Council) has a support and advice service that can help with housing and benefits issues, particularly for anyone facing discrimination. 01315560441
Money Advice Service A free and impartial money advice service, set up by the UK Government. 08001387777
Shelter Scotland Shelter Scotland has been providing independent housing advice since 1968, covering everything from homelessness to home ownership. 0808 8004444
Turn2Us Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help. Help is available online, by phone and face-to-face through partner organisations. n/a


Dial-A-Ride Dial-A-Ride provides a door-to-door transport service for people with limited mobility who are unable to use ordinary buses due to age, illness, health condition (long or short term), disability or geographical remoteness. 01314479949
Lothian Community Tranport Services Lothian Community Transport Services (LCTS) is an independent organisation that provides, promotes and supports high-quality passenger transport services. 01316630176

Help Finding Work and Lifelong Learning

Dalkeith Jobcentre Plus Jobcentre Plus is the part of the Department for Work and Pensions which delivers working-age support services across the United Kingdom. 08434871844
Penicuik Jobcentre Plus
Jobcentre Plus is the part of the Department for Work and Pensions which delivers working-age support services across the United Kingdom. 08000556688
MALANI MALANI (Midlothian Adult Literacy & Numeracy Initiative) is a Council-run project based in Dalkeith that provides adult courses in literacy and numeracy. 01312708900
Momentum Momentum is a leading not-for-profit organisation providing rehabilitation, training and care services for disabled and socially excluded people throughout the UK. Momentum’s services help a wide range of people, including those with a brain injury, spinal injury, mental health difficulty, physical or learning disability. 01314195299
Triage Central Triage Central delivers the Fair Start Scotland sustainable employment support service in Midlothian, East Lothian and the Borders. The service aims to remove the barriers to work for all sorts of people including those with convictions, disabilities, health conditions, lone parents, ethnic minorities and the long-term unemployed.  01313577219


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