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We are delighted to finally launch our new Volunteer Handbook which is a user-friendly guide for all of our Volunteer Midlothian volunteers. As well as supporting local people to volunteer in their communities, we also involve volunteers in our own work. We deliver a number of projects and services and involve over 100 of our own volunteers.
As part of working towards EFQM, Investing in Volunteers and the Volunteer Friendly Award this year, we decided to review our existing Volunteer Handbook. We decided to make it much more user-friendly including plenty of photographs, quotes and case studies.
We are looking forward to distributing the new Handbooks to our volunteers over the coming weeks. If any organisations are interested in seeing a copy we would be happy to share it with you. Contact Natalie for more information.
This week Volunteer Midlothian bids farewell to our Director, Anne Moodie. Anne has been with the organisation for over 10 years and began as Project Coordinator for our Sidekicks IT project. Anne became Director of the Organisation in April 2010 and has provided direction and leadership with the support of the Board of Management. During this time she has witnessed a growth in volunteering and supported volunteering across Midlothian, as well as the growth of our Transform and Connect projects. She has provided a guiding hand in the many changes the organisation has undergone, including office moves, restructuring and ongoing funding challenges. We would like to wish her all the best for her future endeavours.
Anne has been replaced for the interim period by Roisin Fitzsimons; Roisin has been with the organisation for 5 years, latterly as Head of Services for our Connect projects.
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."
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.
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