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Lasswade PHAB Club receive Queen's Award

Lasswade PHAB Club receive Queen's Award

27 Jun 2016

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.


Community Links Befriendees celebrate turning 100!

23 Jun 2016

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

Volunteers' Week Awards Ceremony 2016

03 Jun 2016

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.

Volunteering Survey 2016

01 Jun 2016

We are carrying out a survey to form a better picture of volunteering activity in Midlothian. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and you don’t have to be currently volunteering or have previously volunteered to take part. Volunteering can be formal or informal and is about giving your time and skills, without pay,  to help other people, the local community and very importantly yourself! 

Click here to take part.

Thank you for your help!

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