More help staying warm and well

Loanhead library warm and well hubTwo more warm and well hubs are being opened in Midlothian to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Danderhall and Loanhead

Additional hubs at Danderhall and Loanhead libraries will open from Monday 13 March, joining those already open at Lasswade and Newbattle. Part of the #MidlothianCares initiative launched by Midlothian Council last year, the hubs offer warm spaces and free hot drinks or soup and bread during normal library opening hours.

Just turn up

Local residents just need to turn up to stay warm and enjoy what’s on offer. They can access free wi-fi, as well as books, card games and jigsaws. Library staff are also on hand to offer advice and support.


The warm and well hubs are being paid for from Midlothian’s share of the Local Authority COVID Economic Recovery (LACER) Fund, distributed by the Scottish Government to councils across Scotland.


“In these difficult times, we’re aware that there are people who are struggling to find the money to heat their homes or to put a hot meal on the table,” said Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry. “Our two additional hubs at Danderhall and Loanhead libraries, along with those at Newbattle and Lasswade, provide a warm and welcoming space where people can get soup or a drink, and a bit of company if they need it.”

Other support

A full list of warm spaces, community cafes and other support provided by the council, voluntary groups and churches across Midlothian can also be found on our Midlothian Cares web pages. You’ll also find details there of other cost of living supports, including how to get help with money, fuel costs, food and clothes.


At Loanhead Library, seated left to right: Council Leader, Councillor Kelly Parry and Marie Dickinson from the council catering team. At back, Dana Jupp, Library Assistant.

8 Mar 2023