Residents invited to Pentland House open day

Pentland House open day

We are holding a drop in event for local residents to find out more about the new temporary homeless unit at Pentland House in Penicuik.

Pentland House was formerly a home for older people

This will be held on Thursday 17 August 2017 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm at Pentland House. This was formerly a residential home for older people and is currently being refurbished to offer supported homeless accommodation.

There will be staff on hand 24 hours a day

The property, a  three storey building which sits within its own grounds in Penicuik, will also provide shared kitchens and bathrooms on each floor. There will be 24/7 staff cover including two night staff.

Residents will get the chance to view the rooms and chat to staff

Those attending the open day will have the opportunity to view some of the rooms in the unit as well as have the opportunity to ask housing staff and support staff questions.  

Anyone can become homeless

Cllr Stephen Curran, Midlothian Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said: "Anyone can become homeless, at any point in their life. This is a great use of an empty building to help those most in need. I would urge local people to come along to this informal open event to find out more."

The Salvation Army will manage the facility

Pentland House will be managed by the Salvation Army. Fi Grimmond, who will be managing the accommodation’s support staff, said she is looking forward to welcoming local residents to the unit. She said: “Everybody is welcome. The open day will be  a great opportunity for people to find out more, not just about Pentland House, but about the wider work of the Salvation Army.”

Fi is pictured on the right with Cllr Curran and Salvation Army support worker Jacqueline Currie.

8 Aug 2017