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The Lasswade High School PHAB Club, which has served Midlothian for almost 40 years, has received the highest award in the UK for a voluntary group. Earlier this month Lord Lieutenant Sir Robert Clerk presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the club. The group works in the community to provide social and educational opportunities for people with additional support needs.
It is based in the school to provide a relaxed club environment while encouraging the integration and education of adults resident in Midlothian who have additional support needs. The PHAB Club was established in 1978 and meets every Wednesday evening during school term.
Club chairman Moira Wilson and vice-chairman Sheila Johnston will be attending a garden party at Holyrood in July where they will meet the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
Moira added: “We are thrilled and excited to receive this prestigious award. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers that the club has remained in existence for so many years and our volunteers and members are all very proud to have been be recognised in this way.”
Sir Robert Clerk added: “I am delighted that the wonderful volunteers who run Lasswade High School PHAB Club have received the accolade of a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Whilst some of the volunteers have been involved with the club for many years others, including senior school pupils, have through it been given an opportunity to give a little of their time to make a difference to the lives of people less fortunate than themselves and in doing so have also benefitted greatly.”
The PHAB Club is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
In the past month, two of our Community Links Project befriendees have celebrated their 100th birthdays! Stephen Murray enjoyed a celebration with his family, friends and befriender Darren Hogg.
Bessie Kane enjoyed a celebration this morning with volunteers Margaret Hunter and Emma Sinclair ahead of her birthday this Sunday.
Congratulations to you both on reaching such a milestone from all at Volunteer Midlothian!
For more information on our Community Links Project click here.
We hosted our annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, as part of Volunteers’ Week, on Thursday 2 June at Newbattle Abbey College.
Over 40 nominations were received across a variety of categories and 10 awards were presented on the night. The evening is always an inspiring showcase of the variety of volunteering which takes place across Midlothian. We were lucky to be joined by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian & his wife Lady Mary Callander, Provost Joe Wallace and Owen Thompson MP for Midlothian.
The event would not be possible without the support of Newbattle Abbey College and the award sponsors: EDF Energy, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability, Midlothian Integrated Joint Board, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
2016 Award Winners
Outstanding New Volunteer Award
presented by Gael Belton & Eric Le Du
Winner: Steven Middlemass, Midlothian Sure Start
Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award
presented by Alison White, Midlothian Integrated Joint Board
Winner: Christopher Wilson, Volunteer Midlothian Transform Project
Active Volunteering Award
presented by Andrew Moodie, EDF Energy
Winner: Ross Hutchison, Lasswade High School Duke of Edinburgh Programme
Service to the Community Award
presented by Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson & Sergeant Lynne Robson, Police Scotland
Winner: Midlothian Community Stroke Service, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland
Health & Wellbeing Award
presented by Caroline Myles, NHS Lothian
Winner: John Duncan, Horizons Recovery Café
Long Service to Volunteering Award
presented by Mark Johnston & Alan Symon, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley
Winner: Sheila Johnston, Lasswade High School PHAB Club
Volunteer Manager of the Year Award
presented by Angela Ray & Laura Gemmell, SQA
Winner: Sqn Ldr Barry McAdam RAFVR(T), Air Training Corps
Saltire Summit Awards
presented by Keiran Harvey, Saltire Ambassador & Angela Ray, SQA
Winners: Leia Ainscough, Alasdair Brady, Darren Butters, Callum Kennedy, Lewis Riley, Kirsty Robertson, Rebecca Robertson & Emma Sinclair
Volunteer Team of the Year Award
presented by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian
Winner: Midlothian Plusone Mentors
Volunteer of the Year Award
presented by Owen Thompson MP
Winner: Adele McGowan, Home Link Family Support
Pictured below are all of the 2016 award winners, sponsors and invited guests.
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