Volunteers' Week

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

Volunteers' Week Awards Ceremony

Volunteer Midlothian host an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in Midlothian. This event recognises the contribution of volunteers and rewards them for their dedication and commitment. For a full list of our 2017 winners please click here

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.

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Strategy 2015-2018 & Annual Highlights 2016

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