The launch of a brand new Carers Centre at Hardengreen Estate, Eskbank, on Thursday 24 October 2013 brings Midlothian’s carer promises to life and mark the tenth anniversary of dedicated carer support in the county.

Midlothian staff and carers

Carers joined staff and volunteers of VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) and representatives of planning partners Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian at the formal opening at the new premises which is the culmination of a ten year journey to improve support for unpaid carers in Midlothian. VOCAL Board member Jane Cuthbert is a carer and chairs Carers Action Midlothian:

Our Midlothian strategy ‘Caring Together’ sets out a vision for carers to be valued as equal partners, supported to manage their caring role and able to have a life outside of caring. Our new Centre for Carers will be the platform and a hub of carer events and individual support to bring these promises to life!

Midlothian carer centre

The Centre will allow VOCAL and partner agencies to provide a wider range of support to more carers than ever before. The Centre will offer carers training, counselling, access to short breaks, expert advice, advocacy and one to one support.

Carers can contact the Midlothian Carers Centre at:

30/1 Hardengreen Estate
Dalhousie Road
Dalkeith
EH22 3NX

Tel: 0131 663 6869
Email: midlothian@vocal.org.uk