Midlothian group making a difference

Connecting Midlothian Socially's monthly disco held in Mayfield celebrates its first birthday
Connecting Midlothian Socially's monthly disco held in Mayfield celebrates its first birthday

A charity organisation which recently celebrated its first birthday has been making a difference to the lives of local people with special needs.

‘Connecting Midlothian Socially’ is a group run in partnership by McSence, Link Living and Enable Scotland’s Midlothian local area co-ordination team.

It organises events such as pool evenings and a monthly disco to bring local people together who perhaps don’t get much of a chance to socialise otherwise.

Keith McNeil (23) from Bonnyrigg, who has learning difficulties, has been attending some of these events since the start.

He said: “The group has been really, really good for me.

“It’s a good bunch of people that are involved.

“Every month we have a community disco at Mayfield Club which is basically for everyone and it’s always a good night, we have a good time. It’s a lovely group of people.

“I mainly enjoy the company, and all the things we do, like trips to the bowling and stuff like that.

“Every second Wednesday we play pool in Dalkeith and that’s really good.

“It’s a good way of making friends.

“When I first started going along to the group’s events I didn’t really know anyone but now I have made some good friends there.

“We are going to a Christmas dinner with a lot of different people that use the other groups, so we can make even more new friends. I enjoy meeting new people now and making new friends.

“I didn’t have many friends before but now basically these people are my best friends.

“I have got learning difficulties and other people in the group find it hard to read and write. They find it really hard to do new stuff.

“But this builds up your confidence. My confidence has really soared thanks to the group.”

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