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Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK – and it’s taking place from the 1-12 June 2016. It has been extended this year to allow more time to celebrate and also to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on 12 June, a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Volunteers' Week is fast approaching and organisations in Midlothian have plenty of activities planned for their volunteers!
- Volunteer Midlothian's annual Awards Ceremony for volunteers across Midlothian is taking place at Newbattle Abbey College.
- Rosewell Development Trust are hosting a coffee morning for their volunteers.
- Midlothian Surestart are holding a celebration event for their volunteers and also marking the end of the Good Start Programme.
- Rosewell Development Trust are holding a celebration event for all their 'Volunteers of the Month' from the past year.
- Community Links Project are hosting an informal get together for their volunteers at the Laird & Dog in Lasswade.
- Home Link Family Support are hosting a BBQ for their volunteers.
- Health in Mind are hosting a walk & picnic for their volunteers, plus a coffee & cupcake event at the Orchard Centre (date tbc)
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 email@example.com
Reverse Rett are seeking volunteers to help marshall their Running for Change 5K event to be held at The Archerfield Walled Garden, North Berwick on Sunday 12 June. All proceeds from the event are going to research into Rett Syndrome. For more information on the event click here.
Anyone interested in helping out should get in touch with Katherine McKinney by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark the beginning of Carers Week 2016, VOCAL are hosting a sponsored walk and picnic in the park in the beautiful Dalkeith Country Park on Saturday 4th June 2016. All carers, family & friends welcome!
Volunteer Midlothian will be entering a staff team to take part in the 7.5 mile walk. The event will also take place during Volunteers' Week (1-12 June) and Dementia Awareness Week (30 May - 5 June). We will be raising funds for Volunteer Midlothian, if anyone would like to donate you can visit our sponsorship page by clicking here.
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 increases confidence and self-esteem: Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-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: Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and purpose in their lives by helping others.
• 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’re going through difficult times.
• Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy: The physical activity involved in some forms of volunteering such as gardening projects; older people’s walking groups or beach clean-ups can be good for your health at any age, but it’s 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 give us a call today on 0131 660 1216? 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.