"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world."
We are a registered charity and our aim is to make a difference. We’d really like you to get involved. You could take part in a project, join an event or workshop, offer your skills to another member of the community, volunteer, or become a member as a group or an individual, a friend or a business supporter - or you can help us by sharing your ideas.
- Being heard - you can suggest projects for us to get involved in.
- Being kept up to date – you’ll be first to hear about our news and events.
- Being connected – to likeminded people with a commitment to enhancing our area and improving it for all: environment, health, wellbeing, and realising potential.
From the Gorebridge Circular Walk to Forest Familes and Woodland Wildlings, Newbyres Castle to Crafternoon, click here to view the projects we are currently involved with/delivering.
We are currently delivering three environmental projects: Grow Wild (funded by Kew Gardens) at Newbyres Community Garden, Greening Gorebridge (Climate Challenge Fund/Keep Scotland Beautiful), and the Edible Garden (CGNS) to promote green spaces. Click here for more information on current and past projects.
Gorebridge Community Development Trust is in the process of developing a multi-purpose community hub. The hub will replace the old Brown Building providing a much needed fit for purpose community building. As well as the Beacon, GCDT have supported the CARS Project for the past five years, we are just about to support Gorebridge Connected, click here for more details.
Who Are We?
We are an independent, community owned and charitable organisation working in Gorebridge - we began in 2004 as a response to local residents seeking positive change in the community, and from a growing realisation that worthwhile development can only take place if the people themselves participate in the action, and by supporting in whatever ways possible the efforts of groups and individuals to bring about community improvement.
To date we have undertaken a range of long and short projects from improving here on the Trust website you will find information on past work, present work and the plans for the future and how you can get involved. Built from an industrial past, Gorebridge is a changing and expanding community, there is no time like the present to take part so that the area can be cared for and nurtured for this day so it can be a great place to live, work and play tomorrow. Read More About Us
We were delighted to welcome 11 people into the Pop Up Beacon on Monday. It was an opportunity to thank the volunteers that contributed to our project last year, as well as a chance to meet some lovely new people keen to engage with the community. Sam provided a delicious lentil and cumin soup and […] Read More
A lot of people would rather face having root canal over having to deal with money issues. Day to day financial issues take an enormous toll on our emotional and mental wellbeing, and it doesn’t have to be this way. We all have good, even great intentions around money management but then life gets busy and things […] Read More
Entry is now OPEN, please click here. Blooming in Gorebridge (BIG for short, pardon the pun) garden competition aims to encourage our community to make use of and enhance their gardening/horticulture/growing skills to help the environment, look after green spaces, improve the appearance of the village and bring back the bees. Entry is free with […] Read More
The Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT) announced that 14 environmental projects across Central Scotland, including a local Midlothian project, have benefitted from a green funding boost totalling over £355,000. The Trust is delighted to have been awarded £10,560 to improve the landscape around The Beacon. The money will be used to create an edible garden and a community growing project with raised beds. Workshop sessions will also […] Read More
During the week of the 12th-18th March we were delighted to take part in Zero Waste Scotland #Passiton week. A campaign that support the public to take part in reuse, sharing, swapping and upcycling events across the country. This year their campaign focus was an Musical Instrument Amnesty By the end of the week 4 instruments […] Read More
Subject to funding, GCDT is delighted to announce we are establishing a new Project Team to deliver a series of new and continued environment/food sharing/carbon reduction/circular economy projects. We will be continuing the work of the past two years of carbon reduction (Greening Gorebridge) in Gorebridge and setting up two new elements of the project […] Read More