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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. We are really keen to encourage more nominations for Midlothian groups.
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.
To be nominated they 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
Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated.
What the winners get
Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
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 Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
Winners are announced on 2 June in the London Gazette.
How to make a nomination
You must nominate a group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service online.
Nominees are considered for an award the year after they’re nominated.
Submit your nomination by midnight on 14 September 2018 to make sure your group is considered for the 2019 awards.
You must be independent of the group you’re nominating. Read the guidance notes before making your nomination.
Support for your nomination
When you nominate a group you also need letters from 2 people who support your nomination and are independent from the group you’re nominating - for example:
- someone who benefits from the group’s work
- someone who’s aware of the group’s work
The letters must include:
- how the group helps the local community
- how you know the group
Email email@example.com if you need help with your nomination, or need to find out more about the award.
For more information, visit the website.
We hosted our annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, as part of Volunteers’ Week, on Thursday 7 June at Newbattle Abbey College.
Over 40 nominations were received across a variety of categories and 11 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 Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Provost Peter Smaill and of course our sponsors.
The event would not be possible without the support of Newbattle Abbey College and the award sponsors: EDF Energy, Midlothian Council Communities Team, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability, Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. Thank you also to the SQA for printing our programmes for the evening.
2018 Award Winners
Outstanding New Volunteer Award
presented by Gael Belton & Connie Steele, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability
Winner: Helen Boyle, Home Link Family Support
Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award
presented by Inspector Neil Mitchell & Constable Rona Duncan, Police Scotland
Winner: Kirsty Penny, Volunteer Midlothian
Active Volunteering Award
presented by Kate Goan & Ashleigh Dickson, EDF Energy
Winner: David Thornton, ROWAN Project, Health in Mind
Service to the Community Award
presented by Paul Johnson & Rona Duncan, Midlothian Council Communities Team
Winner: Beth Keay, Rosewell Development Trust
Health & Wellbeing Award
presented by Allister Short & Mairi Simpson, Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership
Winner: Forward Mid Volunteers
Long Service to Volunteering Award
presented by Colin Wilson & Maurice Jackson, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley
Winner: Thomas Yuill, Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club (unfortunately Thomas was unable to attend so his award was collected by representatives from Dalkeith Thistle)
Volunteer Manager of the Year Award
presented by Laura Gemmell, SQA
Winner: Paula Jackson, Volunteer Midlothian
Saltire Summit Awards
presented by Megan Kay, MSYP & Saltire Ambassador
Winners: Keiran Harvey, Ty Hennessey, Erin Laird, Keiran Lane & Natasha Thomas
Volunteer Team of the Year Award
presented by Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian
Winner: Board of Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers Midlothian
Volunteer of the Year Award
presented by Provost Peter Smaill
Winner: Liz Byrne, Orchard Centre, Health in Mind
Volunteer Friendly Award
presented by Natalie Burnside, Volunteer Midlothian
Winner: Ageing Well Midlothian
Pictured below are all of our 2018 Award winners and sponsors.
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 each year. We actively encourage local organisations to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of their volunteers during Volunteers' Week. For more information and useful resources visit the Volunteers' Week website and the Volunteer Scotland website.
What's on in Midlothian?
Monday 4 June
'The Big Thank You' event hosted by the Midlothian Volunteer Managers Forum at the National Mining Museum of Scotland.
Tuesday 5 June
Health in Mind are hosting a Volunteers' Week Celebration - volunteers will enjoy a walk through Dalkeith Country Park followed by a Get Together at the Secret Garden.
Thursday 7 June
Volunteer Midlothian are hosting their annual Volunteers' Week Awards Ceremony at Newbattle Abbey College.
Tuesday 12 June
Home Link Family Support are hosting a tapas & quiz night for their volunteers.
4 - 10 June
Green Week - Health in Mind are hosting Green Week which runs alongside Volunteers' Week. See poster below for details.
Volunteer Wiki, based on the Wikipedia platform, is a new tool to provide quality information on involving volunteers in a flexible and evolving way.
For many years Volunteer Edinburgh has made available a series of Good Practice Guides on volunteer involvement and management on their website. Initially working with colleagues at Volunteer Glasgow to update the guide content; they are now bringing them firmly into the digital age. Using the ‘wiki’ model gives great flexibility; articles contained within the wiki can be as short or as detailed as needed, links can be made between articles and downloadable resources have been included with more to follow.
Paul Wilson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Edinburgh said: "This launch really is only the start. Our ambition is for this to build into the “go to” place for good advice on involving volunteers. While this is a Volunteer Edinburgh product our ambition is that it becomes much bigger than us. To encourage maximum use by other agencies we have given it a unique URL www.volunteerwiki.org.uk to which people are welcome to link to from their own websites and we encourage contribution from other trusted sources."
If you would like to know more or would like to become a contributor please get in touch with Volunteer Edinburgh.
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