This page will be used to share local and national information and resources during the Coronavirus crisis.

Any documents linked to from this page will be the most recent versions and can be shared.

If you have any information to share please email it to mfin54@gmail.com or use the Contact Us page.

Food and Key Essentials Fund – Support available from Midlothian Council for local people who are in financial difficulty and struggling to buy food, fuel or other essentials. 

Emergency Food Leaflet – Leaflet for clients who need information about emergency food provision in Midlothian.

Emergency Guide – This Midlothian HSCP Guide brings together all the numbers you should need to support vulnerable clients on issues such as money, food, fuel, seeing a GP etc.

Winter Response – Details of the Council/volunteer response to requests for shopping, prescriptions etc.

Midlothian TSI Email Updates – All the COVID-19 email updates from Midlothian TSI collated into a single PDF document, there are links to all email attachments at the bottom of the document.

MFIN Email Updates – All the COVID-19 email updates from MFIN collated into a single PDF document, there are links to all email attachments at the bottom of the document.

FareShare Go – FareShare is working to help charities and community groups access much needed food during this challenging time.

Volunteer Midlothian have produced two documents to be used by groups looking to help their communities during the crisis, Guidance for Community Response Volunteer Coordinators and a Volunteer Risk Assessment Template.

Dalkeith CAB and Penicuik CAB are still offering telephone and email advice. They can arrange food bank referrals and offer specific benefit or employment advice etc. They are also able to refer to and work with other local organisations to help clients. Dalkeith CAB have a direct number for foodbank referrals, 0131 654 4365.
Dalkeith CAB – 0131 660 1636 bureau@dalkeithcab.org.uk
Penicuik CAB – 01968 675259  bureau@penicuikcab.org.uk

Midlothian Community Support Groups – a list in PDF format of local Community Support Groups and Community Councils on Facebook.

Midlothian Council:

NHS Lothian:

Ready Scotland – Information on how to help your Community from Safer Scotland.

Child Poverty Action Group:

Citizens Advice Scotland – Includes information on Scam Awareness.

Scottish Council For Voluntary Organisations:

Scottish Government:

NHS Inform Scotland:

  • COVID-19 Information – Latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government.
  • COVID-19 vaccine – Information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.

NHS UK – National Health Service Information page.

UK Government:

DWP – Updates on benefits.

Social Security Scotland – Updates on devolved Scottish Benefits.

Digital Unite – Guides on health and well being and staying connected.

Ofcom – Broadband and mobile network advice on staying connected during the crisis.

ICO – Information from the Information Commissioner’s Office on data protection rules and procedures during the crisis. There is also a blog page with specific information for community groups.