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Volunteers' Week in Midlothian

Volunteers' Week in Midlothian

19 May 2017

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it takes place from the 1-7 June. Volunteers' Week is fast approaching and organisations in Midlothian have plenty of activities planned for their volunteers!

1 June

Volunteer Midlothian's annual Awards Ceremony for volunteers across Midlothian is taking place at Newbattle Abbey College.

4 June

Members of our Volunteer Managers Forum have organised a joint event for all their volunteers to coincide with the Big Lunch. This is taking place at the National Mining Museum Scotland from 12-3pm. 

5 June

Volunteer Midlothian will be promoting volunteering at Tescos Hardengreen from 10am - 1pm.

6 June

Our Midlothian Growing Together project are hosting a 'Golden Hour of Volunteering' in our Community Garden in Dalkeith Country Park from 2-3.30pm. Anyone is welcome to come along and try volunteering in the garden, whilst also finding out about other local opportunities. 

7 June

Rosewell Development Trust are hosting a Beetle Drive & Buffet for their volunteers.

We actively encourage local volunteer involving organisations to recognise and celebrate their volunteers during Volunteers' Week. If you are putting on any events, please get in touch and let us know! Call 0131 660 1216 or email natalie@volunteermidlothian.org.uk

For useful resources and more information on Volunteers' Week click here. You can also find out more about Volunteers' Week in Scotland on the Volunteer Scotland website.

Golden Hour of Volunteering!

15 May 2017

The theme of Volunteers' Week this year is that volunteers are the golden thread that connect our communities. As part of this theme people are encouraged to spend an hour during Volunteers' Week (1-7 June) finding out more about volunteering or trying it out. Our Midlothian Growing Together project are offering a golden hour of volunteering on Tuesday 6 June from 2 - 3.30pm at our Community Garden  just inside Dalkeith Country Park. Anyone is welcome to drop by and try out some general gardening tasks and also find out about other volunteering opportunities locally. For more information call Keith on 0131 660 1216.

Vote for Midlothian Growing Together!

12 May 2017

Attention Dalkeith and Woodburn residents! Come and vote for Midlothian Growing Together’s ‘Grow for It’ project to support healthy lives and  food growing for local people. This project is open to anyone in the Woodburn and Dalkeith area and we aim to get residents growing their own food in the community and at home. 

Come along on either of the dates below to find out more and vote for local projects that will get funded from Midlothian Council’s Food Glorious Food. It’s free and refreshments will be available.

Saturday 13th May 2017 @ Dalkeith Welfare Hall, St Andrew’s Street 10am-1pm

Tuesday 16th May 2017 @ Cowden Park Pavilion, Dalkeith 3-5pm

Thank you for your support!

 

Mental Health Awareness Week (8 - 14 May 2017)

08 May 2017

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 8 - 14 May 2017. For many people volunteering is an important stepping stone on the road back to improved health and wellbeing. Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.

  • Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Your role as a volunteer can give you a sense of pride and identity as well as valuable experience to improve your employability. 
  • Volunteering provides a sense of purpose: By helping others, volunteering can provide a renewed sense of purpose. This can be particularly relevant to those who have recently retired or lost loved one. 
  • Volunteering helps you reconnect: A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others. You can make new friends and develop a support system, which in turn can help you combat stress and depression when you are going through difficult times.  
  • Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy: The physical activity involved in some forms of volunteering such as gardening projects, walking groups or sports clubs can be good for your health at any age, but is especially beneficial in older adults. Even just the effort of going out to volunteer can improve your fitness and wellbeing.

The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals. Whatever your age or situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated and help you to feel less isolated.

Why not get in touch to find out more? It could make a real difference to you. We have a directory of over 200 volunteering opportunities in Midlothian. There is something to suit everyone and we would love to sit down with you to help you find the right opportunity. Call us on 0131 660 1216 or email info@volunteermidlothian.org.uk to make an appointment with an advisor, or browse our current opportunities here

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