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Danderhall Lunch Club looking for new volunteer convener

Danderhall Lunch Club looking for new volunteer convener

25 Jul 2017

Danderhall Lunch Club are currently looking for a new Volunteer Convener to oversee the running of the club. The group meet weekly on a Monday afternoon at Danderhall Community Centre and the volunteers serve lunch to the members and deliver activities such as bingo. The Convener will work closely with the Treasurer and other volunteers to ensure the smooth running of the club for local older people. For more information click here

Newbattle Handicapped Club seeking new volunteers

17 Jul 2017

Newbattle Handicapped Club are currently seeking new volunteers in a variety of roles to assist with their weekly club for people with disabilities. The club is very successful and has been running for 36 years! It meets every Thursday evening from 6 - 8.30pm at Gorebridge Primary School. The club currently has around 14 members and they get together weekly to take part in activities such as board games, jigsaws, bingo etc. and also enjoy refreshments. 

The club are looking for new volunteers to allow them to continue to run. Click here to find out more about the roles on offer & how to get in touch.

Home Link Volunteer Training in Dalkeith

07 Jul 2017

Do you like small children?  Would you like to visit a family with children in their own home to offer emotional and practical support?  It’s very rewarding and great experience for a future career.

Some families don’t have any close friends or relatives. They really need someone non-judgemental to discuss their worries with and to give them a bit of praise and confidence.

Our next 4 day volunteer course is in Dalkeith on Tuesdays 29th Aug, 5th Sept, 12th Sept, 19th Sept. 10am-2.30pm. You don’t’ need to be a parent, just over 18, very reliable and positive.

Call Jane for a chat on 0131 661 0890 or look at our website

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

05 Jul 2017

Does your organisation deserve special recognition for the work that it does? The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated. To be nominated the group should do work that:

provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community

is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it

is run locally

Last year Lasswade Phab Club were well - deserving winners of the award.

What the winners get

Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal. Representatives from the group will be invited to attend a royal garden party and the Organisation will be entitled to use the Queen’s Award emblem on its promotional material and website.

How the winners are decided

Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval. Winners are announced on 2 June every year.

How to make a nomination

Nominations are made online and the next closing date for nominations is midnight on 15 September 2017. You must be independent of the group you’re nominating and you will also need letters from 2 people who support your nomination and are independent from the group you’re nominating. The letters must include:

how the group helps the local community

how you know the group

For more information please go to or contact Anne at Volunteer Midlothian on 0131 660 1216

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