Midlothian Matters - A village with a community plan

A painted collage created by one of the craft groups in Rosewell
A painted collage created by one of the craft groups in Rosewell

Until recently Rosewell residents would have struggled to find a community social group to be a part of, to attend, to volunteer or to enjoy with their neighbours.

There was no strong community engagement programme in place, nothing to bring the community together, for children to have fun, for residents to make new friends or to enjoy what this community has to offer.

In 2010, RDT received funding for staff and since then we have worked tirelessly to engage with the community, build partnerships and develop and deliver lots of exciting groups for children, young people, adults and older people.

We have developed volunteer, apprenticeship and training opportunities and deliver annual events and our extremely popular woodland projects.

We offer three arts and crafts groups which include “Chatter and Clatter”, a group aimed at families with children under the age of five, the RASCALS Arts Group for primary school children and a craft group for adults with additional needs.

These groups have been warmly received by the 
community and are monitored on a quarterly basis to ensure those accessing the projects are still learning, having fun and enjoying themselves!

We offer community members the opportunity to be involved in the Rosewell History Group – the group is currently working on a “History of our Streets” project – learn new skills at the Click and Connect Computer Group, be involved in the Rosewell Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (who produced, to our knowledge, the first of its kind Neighbourhood Plan calendar) or come along to the Rosewell Lunch Club which runs twice a week from the Rosewell Resource Centre from where all our community engagement projects currently run. All of our groups are free to attend and we welcome new members and volunteers!

Rosewell is growing in size and the demand on our projects has increased which is why it is an exciting time to be involved in the Rosewell Development Trust and the planned Community Hub Project.

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