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Volunteer Midlothian achieves Volunteer Friendly Award

Volunteer Midlothian achieves Volunteer Friendly Award

16 Nov 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have recently achieved the Volunteer Friendly Award for the way in which we involve and manage volunteers in our own work following the five strands of the Volunteer Friendly Award standard. 

The Volunteer Friendly Award recognises excellent volunteer management practice and organisations have to provide evidence that they manage their volunteers effectively, treat them fairly, train and support them in their role, offer them the opportunity for personal development and celebrate the contribution they make to the organisation. Overall this demonstrates their commitment as an organisation to involving volunteers in satisfying and rewarding roles.

This award follows Volunteer Midlothian's recent success in achieving Investing in Volunteers back in July. 

Anne Moodie, Director, said "Volunteering is at the heart of everything we do and our Staff work hard to ensure that we set a strong example by delivering a high standard of volunteer management.  It is great that this has been externally recognised and we can add the Volunteer Friendly Award to the Investing in Volunteers Award that we achieved earlier in the year.  Both awards demonstrate the fact that we greatly value our team of committed and talented volunteers and work hard to ensure that they receive an excellent volunteering experience."

Connect Winter Coffee Club Celebrating Befriending Week

08 Nov 2017

To celebrate Befriending Week we decided to launch our new Winter Coffee Club 

We warmly invited our volunteers to come along  on our opening morning 6th November 10.30-12 noon to The Coffee Shop St Nicholas Buccleuch,  Dalkeith and to bring along their befriendee, or just come themselves

This was an opportunity for us to bring people together that wouldn’t usually get the chance and celebrate all the volunteers do for Connect, Volunteer Midlothian.

It was a brilliant success bringing lots of people together and there was a definite “buzz” about the place which was fantastic to hear.

We had a great mix of volunteers, clients and members of the church all enjoying company and conversation and altogether we had 22 turn up on the morning staying from 15 mins to 1 hour.

We hope this continues to be a success with the promise from volunteers to support and continue through the winter.

If people weren’t able to attend this time we look forward to welcoming them on 20th November 10.30am at St Nicholas and Buccleuch Coffee Shop, Dalkeith and then every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month and open it up to anyone looking for a chat and meet new people.

A Big thank you to the volunteers who came this morning to support us.

Connect Volunteer Get Together

07 Nov 2017

Volunteers from Connect were invited for a get together 4th October at Newbattle Golf Club to help bring volunteers together to hear about the projects and meet other volunteers. The event was a great success and volunteers said how they had enjoyed hearing everyones stories of volunteering in Connect, Volunteer Midlothian through befriending, IT tuition and group meetings.

Thank you to all who attended.

Dementia Friendly Award

02 Nov 2017

Volunteer Midlothian was delighted when one of the volunteers it supports was named Dementia Friendly Walking Volunteer of the Year 2017 at national walking charity, Paths for All’s annual volunteer awards. The Awards aim to celebrate and recognise the outstanding contribution of volunteers in delivering Scotland’s National Walking Strategy and to recognise the importance of volunteers in making villages, towns and cities better places to live, work, travel and play in.

Sandra’s contribution was recognised as part of Paths for All’s Dementia Friendly Walking project, which is funded by the Life Changes Trust Dementia Programme. 

Sandra volunteers with the group as part of Volunteer Midlothian’s Community Links Dementia Project, which exists to recruit, train and support volunteer group facilitators to offer a variety of groups and activities that promote the health and wellbeing of people of all ages who are living with dementia across Midlothian.

Her volunteering helps to support people living with dementia to get outdoors and feel better about themselves through everyday walking. Sandra has personal experience of how dementia can affect a person’s life; she cares for a family member with dementia, but still finds time to lead weekly walks for the group. Sandra ensures that everyone who wants to join the walks can attend, and offers lifts to walk meeting points and other group get-togethers. She has even developed a peer support network for the group’s members to get together to share advice and support one another. Sandra's contribution to her local community is truly valued, and her walking group members are extremely proud that she has been recognised by Paths for All.

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