We are a voluntary organisation with charitable status. We are governed by a Board
of directors. We aim to give very young children (from pre-birth to 11 years) the
best possible start. We provide a range of services through six centres and on an
outreach basis. We work as a team at grass roots level, delivering a client-led service
within the large semi-rural community that we serve.
We help families cope and develop confidence so that they can use the skills they
All of our services are based on the principle of putting our service users at the
heart of what we do and empowering them. And in the true spirit of this, as a medium
sized organisation we can be flexible and innovative.
As an organisation we genuinely believe in what we do.
Midlothian Sure Start was formed in February 2001 through the merging of Stepping
Forward (now Penicuik Family Learning Centre) and Family Reachout (now Mayfield Family
Both of these centres started as small charitable organisations set up by the local
community in 1992 and 1994 respectively.
Project users - (families with young children-including dads) are provided with holistic
support. We are aware that our project users are affected by issues such as poverty,
inequalities, environment, housing etc so we have developed a range of services and
entered into a number of strategic partnerships to provide our project users with
choices that can help them to take control of their lives and improve their health,
(mental and physical) and economic prospects.
peer support; individual, couple and post-natal counselling; advocacy; literacy and
numeracy support (individual and group); confidence building; capacity building;
support into work, training, volunteering; play therapy; healthy living courses;
exercise; toothbrushing; healthy snacks; access to affordable fruit and vegetables/
exchange of healthy living vouchers; access to outdoor education; complementary therapies;
helping children meet their developmental milestones.