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We offer a wide range of different groups/support for both men, women and children e.g. therapeutic, mutual support, life skills, family focus, new parents, study skills/support and therapeutic play for children in upper primary school and above.

Penicuik  Family Learning Centre
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Penicuik (Full time - open Monday to Friday)


60 Queensway


EH26 0JJ

Tel No: 01968 679 215

Click here to contact Penicuik FLC


Stepping Forward (now Penicuik Family Learning Centre) has been in operation since 1993. It is a full time centre, open 50 weeks of the year. Our ethos is to serve the community by allowing the families to have a say in the running of the service. Penicuik Family Learning Centre offers a range of services which help support families in the Penicuik and surrounding rural areas. Referrals come from different statuary and voluntary agencies as well as self-referral.

We also offer a unique integrated service where the whole family (both parents and children) attends at the same time reflecting a holistic approach. Where each attend their own support group in their own right.

We also offer an Outreach service, Play Therapy, Family Art Therapy, aromatherapy, Counselling services, Study centre (support for those who have moved on to further education) and MYPAS sexual health for young people (on Monday nights).

Children can take advantage of our large sunny playroom and garden offering lots of stimulating play and activities delivered by our fun and enthusiastic qualified staff. Our aim is to promote the development and well being of children for today’s life styles. The children enjoy the heuristic play which encourages children to use their imagination.

Parents are given the opportunity to gain confidence and form friendships, in a relaxed environment which helps built trust, understanding and respect for each other. Confidentiality is of uppermost importance throughout the centre.


During the school holidays we continue to offer family support by running a play scheme for those with older children. This involves outings to various places where the whole family attends e.g. Perth swimming pool, North Berwick / Musselburgh beaches, Edinburgh festival, outings to local parks and Blair Drummond safari park, East Links Farm etc.


At Penicuik FLC we believe every parent & child has a right to:

           (source: Every Child Matters)


Select this link to find out more about what underpins our practice.


Our programmes aim to improve these rights for all families who attend, by providing a multi-agency and integrated service, to give the best possible help to those who need it. We offer for children an emotionally secure & homely environment, where children are stimulated through age appropriate play. For parents we offer a range of programmes & support that helps to build confidence and encourage empowerment for those who attend.


Parent & child activities include:



A sample of some Parent programmes includes:



Click this link to view more information about the service available for Army families.


We also have a sister centre in Malawi. Click this link to find out more.


Susan Kerr

Centre co-ordinator