Online bookings and payments


Midlothian is moving towards online booking and payments for our adult education classes.

To achieve this we will be using the Eventbrite system, which is a worldwide platform with a great reputation for being able to manage tickets for large and complex events.

A few classes are testing the system right now, but almost all of our own classes will be going live to Eventbrite in August/September this year.

Here are a few Frequenly Asked Questions about the classes and bookings:

How can I make sure I know about the classes and I don’t miss a space because the class is already sold out?

Everyone who currently attends a class will be sent either a paper copy or a link to an electronic copy of the full programme once it becomes available in July. We will circulate the programme widely through libraries, LLE centres and other venues. The best way to ensure that you get the information as soon as it comes out is to make sure that we have your email address and that you have ‘liked’ our Facebook page, ‘Followed’ our Twitter account or subscribed to this WordPress blog.

Do I need to book Online?

No. The existing booking system will still be in place for anyone who does not have access to the internet or is reluctant to pay by card online. However, our staff will be available in libraries and other centres to help you pay online should you wish .

Can I reserve a place in advance?

No. To create a fair system, all classes will start from a blank sheet. Booking will start in late August – we will circulate the time and date in good time to all known contacts, and the date will be publicised in the brochure. If you book online on the first day you are likely to get a space, but there is no way to know if the online booking process will attract a large new audience for the classes. Paper booking forms will be processed in the order they are received, starting at the same time and date as the electronic bookings go live.

Is Eventbrite safe?

If you are at all worried about digital safety or spending money online – why not come to one of our computer classes? However, Eventbrite is a large and well established system that has handled millions of pounds worth of transactions. No system is foolproof, but using an online system such as Eventbrite is at least as safe as paying by card in a shop/restaurant. For information on how to check if any payment system is as secure as it should be, see this page

How do I use Eventbrite?

Although our events will not be live until the Summer, you can look at Eventbrite now If you register and give Eventbrite your postcode, you will see events coming up soon that you might want to book on to. You can download an Eventbrite app for your phone/tablet making it even easier to book on classes when we go live.

Are there any courses I can book online now?

Yes. Here are some programmes you can book right now if you wish:

Multi craft class at the Dalkeith campus – book here

Action for Happiness Bonnyrigg – book here

Action for Happiness Dalkeith – book here

Creche worker training course Loanhead – book here



Information from the Tutors/crecheworker network day

On Saturday 25th February we held a successful Tutor and Creche worker training and networking day.

As promised, here are some of the resources from the day – please let us know if you think anything is missing:

here is a link to the Lifelong Learning and Employability Annual report:

Link to the CLD Standards council registration process

Publicity leaflet for the new Focus project


The Grapple Problem workshop slides

The Grapple Problem

Embedding literacies slides

Embedding Literacies

Dealing with crisis slides

Dealing with Crises Presentation

You can find all of the community directories that Neil referred to here, you need to scroll down the page to find them.

Evaluation form



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New opportunities for young people in the Lasswade area

Here are three new opportunities for young people in the Bonnyrigg/Lasswade/Loanhead/Rosewell area, click on the links to see the posters

Firstly a youth club for P6/7 young people in Bonnyrigg -Thursdays 6 – 7.45


Next an employability pathway in the Loanhead workshops – Thursdays 10 – 12.30


Lastly a Colleage Pathway in the Lasswade centre – Mondays 2-4


Contact Julia Ellison – to get information on any of these projects



Parenting and Childcare courses in Loanhead

We have a couple of new courses taking place at the Loanhead/St Margaret’s campus next term.

There’s a crèche worker course, which is our own accredited programme. Completing this course will allow you to be employed as a crèche worker by Midlothian Council and some of our partners.


And also a PEEP parenting programme. This course is aimed at parents of 0-4 year olds and helps you to encourage your child to learn.




1st Lasswade cluster newsletter

Please see our latest, and first, newsletter for the Lifelong Learning and Employability team and the Communities team focusing on the Lasswade High School cluster. area.

There’s information in here for young people, adults and families and about how your community council works.

Check it out here:


Please share the link with anyone who might be interested.

We will produce a newsletter 4 times a year. There’s the opportunity to have your own stories featured – so please get in touch if you’d like to see anything in particular in here

Seasons Greetings from LLE

Christmas time has rolled around once more.  Hopefully you are able to find time to do the things that you like and be with your loved ones this Christmas and new year.

I just thought I’d gather together some helpful advice for the break as a wee ‘learning gift’ for Christmas:


  • On the more fun learning side how about some Christmas day activities: Pinterest
  • Or a quiz of the year: BBC


Lastly an update on some classes starting in the new year in the Lasswade cluster:

Lasswade Adult learning classes – January update

Best wishes everyone and see you at a class in 2017!

New programmes available

We have three new programmes for learning specific employment skills through our ‘Developing the Young Workforce’ strategy. All of these programmes come with a guaranteed entry on to a colleage course if you complete them – so they are a great opportunity


Care: (need to be living in East Lothian for this one)

Customer Service

Lasswade Adult learning classes – January update

This is just a quick update on Lifelong Learning and Employability classes in the Lasswade cluster area taking place in January:

FREE Classes:

  • ICT for Life – Lasswade high school Library – Thursdays 10:00 – 12:00. flyer here ict-for-life-lasswade
    • Come along to learn about using computers and other devices to help you in your life – a flexible programme that responds to your needs. email
  • Employability Award – Monday mornings from February 2017
    • This course is aimed at adults with additional support needs who are looking to move to employment. This is an SQA lvl 3 Accredited unit. contact us to discuss you or someone you work with getting on this programme. email us here
  • Health Issues in the Community – Lasswade high school – Mondays 10:00 – 11:30 AM, flyer here hiic-lasswade, more information here hiic-leaflet-communities
    • Health Issues in the Community, is a training programme aimed at increasing community capacity and participation, and supporting community development approaches to tackling inequalities in health. email
  • Family French – Loanhead Library, Mondays 3.30- 4.30, flyer here family-french-loanhead
    • Come along and learn French alongside your children. This is a relaxed and informal class aimed at learning a bit of useful French to benefit your child’s and your own learning. email
  • Getting Ready to have your say, Lasswade centre Thursdays 6- 8 from February flyer here getting-ready-to-have-your-say
    • Come along and find out about local democracy and how you can get involved. We will look at how groups work, making decisions and community structures.  email
  • Raising Children with confidence – Bonnyrigg and Rosewell
    • This hugely popular positive parenting programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you and your children grow and learn together We will run this programme twice next term. Rosewell on Tuesdays rosewell-rcwc, and Bonnyrigg on Wednesdays bonnyrigg-rcw. email
  • Crecheworker Training – TBC
    • This credit rated programme equips you with the skills to become a crecheworker – opening up new avenues of work. Various locations and times across Midlothian – contact us for details. email

Paid for classes:

Many of our adult day and evening classes are full, but there are places in the following programmes:

  • Brand new class – Knitting beginners for Spring and Easter:  Monday mornings. This brand new class is for people with no knitting experience. flyer here knitting-for-spring. email

Existing classes with spaces – These classes will have had a term of activity already, you will be able to join the class, but others on the programme will have done some work already, so you should be ready to ‘catch up’ tutors will help you to join in.

  • Patchwork and quilting – Wednesday evenings

for details of any of these classes, email or call 0131 271 4535