Eat Sleep Ride is a small, unique social enterprise and community led riding school and training yard. Which provides quality tuition on well schooled horses and ponies focusing on harmony, lightness and the relationship between the horse and rider. The company is ran as a not for profit organisation and supports mental health, social impairments and disability services. They utilise their horses for therapy teaching self esteem and teamwork skills whilst creating a sense of just being who you are in that time.

Food Facts Friends is a food bank and drop in centre to help anyone who is facing hunger because of crisis, be that parents skipping meals to feed their children, using any money to pay the rent, for anyone forced with the choice ‘heat or eat’. It is supported by local businesses and individuals, working to prevent poverty and hunger across Midlothian. This donation was used towards the use of a large commercial vehicle to assist in organising Christmas Hampers.

Pathways to Success Midlothian is a specialist service offering additional educational support to help young people be successful in education, working closely with all the high schools in Midlothian.
Our donation was towards a lunch club being run by senior school pupils starting during the challenging time that the Covid pandemic has brought to this type of service but one that will continue afterwards.

Donation made for research purposes to Myositis UK which is a small national charity providing information to those affected by Myositis and is funding research to improve diagnosis and treatment. Myositis is a group of rare conditions where the main symptoms are weak, painful or aching muscles that usually get worse, slowly over time.

Butterfly Conservation is a charity that was formed by a small group of dedicated naturalists in 1968 following the alarming decline of many beautiful butterflies. This donation was made towards their Helping Hands for Butterflies project which is creating and maintaining new wildflower meadows in some of Scotland’s most challenged communities.

Ladywood Leisure Centre run a range of affordable activities for the community of Penicuik and surrounding areas. It is home to Penicuik’s only youth club for primary school children, a variety of Ageing Well groups as well as Family groups, Kinship Carers and baby and parents groups. This donation was made to cover running costs during Covid.

YPI is an established leader in the field of citizenship education programmes, providing a uniquely intensive, all round programme which has proven impact on personal, enterprise, employability and citizenship skills. YPI has been cited in eight of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) School Reports as an example of best practice in Citizenship Education, specifically referencing its ability to develop wider achievement and enrich the life of the school.
The Trust is a partner of YPI in Midlothian.

Autism on the Water is a registered Charity committed to raising awareness of the Autistic Spectrum through the sport of Sailing and helping autistic people to access sailing. They pride themselves in being present at some of Scotland’s top regattas to raise awareness. They also aim to assist autistic people to access sailing and believe that this can benefit autistic people with confidence, problem solving and social skills.

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Carlops Village Centre is an active social hub offering many activities for local people from Carlops and its neighbouring communities. This donation was a contribution towards the replacement and upgrade of the inhouse projection system.

Handicapped Childrens Action Group has been a registered charity since 1992 and works to provide specialist equipment for children with disabilities, learning difficulties and other special needs. We regularly donate to help children within the Edinburgh and Lothian areas.

Kinship Care Midlothian is a registered charity that supports kinship carers who look after and care for their disadvantaged kinship children. These children live with a relative or friend because they cannot be cared for by their own parents. Our donation was made during the Covid pandemic to allow the charity to distribute supermarket vouchers during times that schools were closed.

Dr Neil’s Garden is one of the most remarkable gardens in Scotland today. Lying next to the twelfth-century Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh where the lower slopes of Arthur’s Seat meet Duddingston Loch, this secluded garden is the result of the imagination, dedication and sheer hard work of Drs. Andrew and Nancy Neil. It has sometimes been called Edinburgh’s Secret Garden. Our donation was made prior to them reopening following the Covid pandemic to allow them to purchase items for their volunteer programme.

Upward Mobility Limited is an Edinburgh-based charity providing support and opportunity for adults with learning disabilities and autism. For more than a decade, they have been combining tailored support services with an increasingly respected curriculum of creative workshops, educational activities and vocational programmes. Our donation was made towards their UPMO Connect project which involved creating educational videos during the Covid Pandemic.

A further donation given at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic to help them while they will be unable to fund raise in other ways.

St Andrew’s Hospice is an independent charity providing care and treatment for those living with life threatening illnesses in North and South Lanarkshire. It strives to meet the needs of all irrespective of religious, cultural or ethnic background.

Donation given to their For Can Do project at the start of the Corona Virus pandemic. This project will create a dedicated webpage of activities and resources. The page will include a range of exciting activities including: games; quizzes; online virtual activity sessions i.e. yoga/ dance; online and interactive activities i.e. a virtual tour of a museum; and opportunities for young people to continue socialising through social media and developing online video diaries.

Donation given towards new equipment in this local community park to give children age appropriate play park equipment.

Donation given to their For Can Do project at the start of the Corona Virus pandemic. This project will create a dedicated webpage of activities and resources. The page will include a range of exciting activities including: games; quizzes; online virtual activity sessions i.e. yoga/ dance; online and interactive activities i.e. a virtual tour of a museum; and opportunities for young people to continue socialising through social media and developing online video diaries.

Donation given to a summer play scheme intended to improve the welfare of children in Midlothian through play targeting those most in need, often due to multiple deprivation. In 2019 over 1,400 children and young people, 60 organisations and 500 adults benefited from the scheme.

YPI is an established leader in the field of citizenship education programmes, providing a uniquely intensive, all round programme which has proven impact on personal, enterprise, employability and citizenship skills. YPI has been cited in eight of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education (HMIE) School Reports as an example of best practice in Citizenship Education, specifically referencing its ability to develop wider achievement and enrich the life of the school.

The Trust is a partner of YPI in Midlothian.

One of our Trustees came across this charity during a supermarket visit and a donation was subsequently made to this charity that helps anyone who is homeless and/or suffering from addiction and wants to change their life. Help that is offered includes a chaperone service to mutual age groups, accommodation, 1 to 1 support sessions, referrals to rehabilitation and they provide an annual Christmas hand-outs of warm clothing and basic necessities

Donation given towards equipment for local disabled children. The purpose of Handicapped Children’s Action Group is to be there to provide the funding for all types of specialist equipment that will help to give disabled children independence and mobility. They also hope they are able to give a lot of the children the ability to join in with the activities of children their own age. Many of the children have only been able to ‘watch from the sidelines’. They provide the equipment that enables them to have as normal a life as possible. The lives that most able bodied people take for granted.

Donation made to the Jock Tamsons Gairden project which is part of The Glebe Project at Duddingston Kirk. The garden in the church allows people to observe wildlife around Duddingston Loch. Several charities and schools are involved in building and running the garden including those with learning difficulties and other disabilities.

Donation given to The Beacon Club which is held within the Broomhouse Centre providing day places for older people with dementia. The club aims to improve the quality of life for people with what is often a socially isolating condition, as well as support them to continue to live in their own homes for as long as possible.

Donation made to their Sunday Sesh project which provides a weekend community-based youth service across Midlothian offering an informal, relaxed environment for young people to reflect on their weekends and prepare for the week ahead. Sessions offer a range of physical activities, advice and signposting for emergency contraception, NHS 24 etc. Snacks/lunch are provided and young people get involved with healthy eating/cooking sessions.

Donation made towards The Children 1st Family Wellbeing and Recovery Hub project based in Midlothian called Get Connected. This project is a pilot project running through 2020. This project is aimed at families in rural areas which can be an isolated experience, especially families affected by parental substance misuse.

Homelands offers wheelchair accessible self-catering holiday lodges and disability accessible lodges in the East Neuk of Fife. Donation was made towards specialist equipment required in these lodges.

Donation made towards equipment at The Polar Academy which identifies invisible 14-17 years old secondary school children, crushed by a lack of self-esteem and gives them the chance to redefine their physical and mental limits. Participants are put through a rigorous ten-month training programme before being immersed in the wilds of Greenland, navigating through some of the world’s remotest terrain for ten days. Their confidence soars with every step. On their return to Scotland, each pupil shares their experiences with their peer groups, speaking to more than 20,000 school children in their region.

Donation given to this after school club run in Craigmillar four afternoons per week for over 100 children under the age of 18.

Donation made to the Midlothian Summer Pop Up Activities project in Midlothian. This project is to replace the gap in service provision during the school summer holidays aimed at reducing social isolation. In 2019 over 465 people attended and this donation is made for 2020.