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Hello and a very warm welcome to my first blog. At Cherry Road we have all had a busy few months.

Everyone has adapted well to changes and rules around Covid. Thursday Live continues in our centre garden and we have taken it on the road to supported living spaces.

One of my highlights was when Esther the Harpist played. It was a relaxing, chilled out music session.

I officially opened the Cherry Road market. All Cherry Road users are welcome to have a cuppa or do a bit of shopping.

We are very creative at Cherry Road, we enjoy upcycling, art projects and pottery. One of the projects I have been working on is making a bird bath for the centre garden.

This year we have summer workshops running from the 28th of June to the 13th of August. We have a variety of artists and musicians showcasing their talents and working in collaboration with Cherry Road.

Performer and musician Cammy kicked off the summer programme of workshops with a musical medley of old songs.

Next up was Hailey Beavis with a music inspired workshop using Launchpad, a loop pedal, a harp and other things. Hailey came back to do a sensory based workshop. I really liked both of these workshops because they had great interaction.

Daniel Padden brought gongs. We immersed ourselves in the vibrations and we could feel the sound in our hearts.

The flute player Ruth Morley filled our conservatory with good rhythms, beautiful and relaxing music.

Olivia Furey did a story telling session about a cat. I thought it was a little too basic and not to my taste but some other service users really enjoyed it.

Rachel Spencer a violinist came to play in our conservatory. I felt calm listening to her music and she gave me a tutorial about the violin. I learned she was part of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Laura Aldridge came and did a workshop called A Big Mess. I really enjoyed the workshop, we made different paint brushes and then we were able to use them to paint. I had a 1:1 session with Laura, I found this extremely beneficial as I was able to get the most out of the session time.

Another one of our workshops was with Jessica Beeston from Red Note Ensemble who played the viola. Jessica played a wide variety of music, pop, classical and Scottish – something for everyone! Jessica gave me a wee lesson on the viola which I found useful. It was a wonderful experience for everyone!

KIC Dance who have been coming to the centre for a number of years went down a storm! It was a workshop of fun dance routines, everyone enjoyed it.

Thanks to all the performers who came to our centre for the summer programme. It’s been a fantastic experience for us all.

I will be updating my blog seasonally. This is the first of many. Hope you have enjoyed reading it.

Craig Pentland

Blog Editor


Cherry Road Learning Centre are currently operating a reduced service for people with critical need.

For more information about current provision, please contact us on 0131 561 5402 or email liz.davidson@midlothian.gov.uk

We are working in partnership with residential and other day service providers to replace our input in imaginative ways in partnership with Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians, families and care teams supporting people at home.

Artlink Edinburgh and Lothians have developed online resources specifically for people with learning disability, their families and care teams.

They have a website of resources and ArtlinkTV featuring sensory based ideas for activity at home. If you’d like a hand to find content to suit the person you support please contact kara@artlinkedinburgh.co.uk or call/ text/ what’s app 07715083926.