Christmas Holiday Support

Monday 19th December 2022

1. Midlothian Foodbank

The foodbank are still accepting donations for Christmas parcels. If they could be in the week of the 12th please as the parcels are going out on the 16th. The foodbank will be closed from the 24th December until the 9th January.


MAEDT will close on Friday 23rd December and reopen on Monday 9th January. 

3. Dalkeith and Woodburn Pantry

The pantry will be open as normal over the festive period on Fridays 1.30pm-5.30pm for residents of Dalkeith and Woodburn. You need to be a member to shop and can register at the pantry.

4. Food Fact Friends

The opening days and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday 21st –  11am till 2pm free Christmas get together open to anyone to come in
  • Friday 23rd – 10.30am till 1pm, Foodbank only
  • Saturday 24th – 7pm till 11pm, free food open to anyone
  • Sunday 25th – Closed
  • Monday 26th – No foodbank just café open
  • Tuesday 27th – foodbank open 10.30am till 1pm, café open 10.30am till 3pm, pantry open 10.30am till 3pm
  • Friday 30th – Foodbank open 10.30am till 1pm
  • Saturday 31st – Closed
  • Sunday 1st – Closed
  • Monday 2nd – No foodbank
  • Tuesday 3rd –  foodbank from 10.30am till  1pm
  • and  the  rest of  the  times we  are open

5. Midlothian Council

1. A reminder that a full list of warm spaces in Midlothian is available on the Council website here and a full list of other supports here.

2. Laundry Service: Midlothian Council has opened a small grants round for organisations to work in partnership with others to provide free access to local wash and dry laundry facilities for low income households. Pilots will commence in January to the end of March 23. There is £33,000 available to cover the full pilot under the Midlothian Cares approach, which also includes a tendered quotes aspect for a pick up and drop off wash and dry facility.  The aim is to support 200 people with one wash and dry per week for 3 months.  Depending on the level of tenders and grant applications the fund will be split proportionately to responses. If you are interested in applying  please use the form attached and return to  by 15th December 2022. Please note you must download the application to your own device before you fill it in otherwise the next person who opens it will see your details.   docx icon APPLICATION


Support for carers over Christmas period

On Wednesday 28 December and Thursday 29 December, we have the following activities taking place.

🎅 28 December:

· Telephone/Webchat support (10am – 4pm): Carers can contact us for information or support

· Indoor bowling (12pm – 3pm at Midlothian Indoor Bowling Centre): Carers can join us for an introduction to indoor bowls. Refreshments and light lunch provided

· Parent carers of children support group (7:15pm – 8:45pm): Carers can join us online and meet with other local parents for some time for themselves

🎅 29 December:

· Telephone/Webchat support (10am – 4pm): Carers can contact us for information or support

· Carer Cuppa (10am – 12pm at Midlothian Carer Centre): Carers can book and join us for a cuppa and blether and a chance to win a prize in our raffle!

· Carer bingo (2pm – 4pm): Carers can join us online for a game of bingo, with some great vouchers to be won!

Carers can book by giving us a call on 0131 663 6869, email or book direct online.

7. Alzheimer Scotland

A reminder that Alzheimer Scotland have launched a new “Time for You” Winter Fund, offering £50 grants for families living with dementia, to provide an additional helping hand over the coming months. To apply, please visit and download the short application form. Full conditions are outlined on the website. Should you require a paper copy of the application, or any support to apply, please email

8. Triage

Please find attached the December newsletters for the Fair Start Scotland and Women Returners programmes.

9. Scottish Government

  1. Grants link to boost Fair Work – Organisations applying for public sector grants will need to pay at least the real Living Wage and provide channels for staff to have a say in the workplace from July 2023.

The condition applies to organisations receiving grants from the Scottish Government, enterprise agencies and public bodies. Exceptions may only be applied to emergency funding and where an organisation is heavily dependent on grant funding and paying the real Living Wage would threaten its survival.The requirement for organisations to pay the real Living Wage and give workers an effective voice in order to receive public sector grants will be introduced on 1 July 2023: The conditionality will be introduced for eligible agriculture grants from 1 April 2024 following Ministerial consultation. All employed staff, including apprentices and any other workers engaged in the grant-funded activity must be paid at least the real Living Wage. The requirement for having channels that allow staff to have a say in the workplace will apply to all workers employed in the organisation. Exceptions to the requirement, along with compliance and monitoring measures, will be set out in the Fair Work First Guidance and relevant grant policy guidance. The real Living Wage rate of £10.90 for employees outside London was announced in September 2022.

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