A community drop-in and group working with individuals affected by drug and alcohol problems.

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CLEAR: Community Lived Experience for Alcohol & drugs Recovery

CLEAR is a Midlothian peer support project for people with drug or alcohol problems working towards positive mental wellbeing. We use the experience of volunteers who have had addictions themselves in the past to support people who are still going through these difficulties.

Who can use the project?

To use the service, people would need to:

  • Be 18+ years old
  • Live in Midlothian
  • Have or be in recovery from a drug or alcohol problem
  • Be willing to work to explore ways of improving mental wellbeing

CLEAR is open to all people, no matter their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or beliefs.

How do referrals work?

People can refer themselves to the project or be referred by any agency. A project worker will then arrange to meet the person to discuss the project and how it might benefit them, and how to register to use our services.

Services offered

Peer Support Service

We offer people one-to-one support in the community from a peer support volunteer. Our trained peer support volunteers are all people who have experienced substance misuse and mental health difficulties themselves, but have moved on from these and have been in recovery for a number of years. 

The aim is to build confidence and self esteem, giving the person the sense that they are not alone and enabling them to make positive steps in their own life.  This could be just a chat over a cup of coffee in a café, going for a walk or taking part in an activity together.  It is an informal, non-medical approach to support, and lasts for up to 8 months.

 Monday Drop-in

A community drop-in in Bonnyrigg supporting people in their recovery from substance misuse towards positive mental wellbeing runs on Monday afternoons from 1pm – 3pm in the Community Room at the Lasswade Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian EH19 2LA.

It is an open, friendly drop-in focusing on activities, socializing and informal discussions around addiction and mental wellbeing.

The Lost Gardeners

This weekly gardening and conservation group provides an opportunity to contribute to the restoration of Penicuik’s Lost Walled Garden and the garden’s community Food Project whilst socialising and enjoying the benefits of the great outdoors. Lunch, equipment and transport from Bonnyrigg are provided

For more information, contact the Orchard Centre directly on 0131 663 1616 or email us.

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Training Calendar

Upcoming Training

September 2017


Personal Safety 

Tuesday 5 September-half day                        

Mental Health Awareness

Thursday 7 September - half day

Working with Media

Monday 11 September - Full day



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