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Big Thank You Event!

Big Thank You Event!

02 Jul 2019

On Monday 3 June, members of our Volunteer Managers Forum came together to organise a joint event for all their volunteers at the National Mining Museum in Newtongrange. This is the third year that members of the Forum have come together to offer this Big Thank You Event and is a great way of bringing volunteers from different organisations together to celebrate. 
Organisations involved this year were Ageing Well Midlothian, Health in Mind, Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust, National Mining Museum Scotland and Volunteer Midlothian. 
Over 70 local volunteers attended on the day and enjoyed a session of body boosting bingo, free tours of the Mining Museum, a buffet lunch, gardening activities, a raffle and a chance to mingle with other volunteers. We were delighted to be joined by Councillor Debbi McCall (pictured right), Volunteering Champion for Midlothian Council, Councillors Margot Russell, Colin Cassidy and Dianne Alexander. 



Volunteers' Week Awards Ceremony 2019

07 Jun 2019

We hosted our annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, as part of Volunteers’ Week, on Thursday 6 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 Colonel Richard Callander, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Provost Peter Smaill, Councillor Debbi McCall 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. 

2019 Award Winners

Outstanding New Volunteer Award

presented by Councillor Debbi McCall, Volunteering Champion for Midlothian Council on behalf Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability

Winner: Joy Godfrey, Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust

Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award

presented by Chief Inspector Arron Clinkscales, Police Scotland

Winner: Colin Pow, CLEAR Project - Health in Mind

Active Volunteering Award

presented by Kate Goan & Faith Scott, EDF Energy

Winner: Arthur McKenzie, Midlothian Ranger Service

Service to the Community Award

presented by Paul Johnson, Midlothian Council Communities Team

Winner: Kari Calder, Rosewell Development Trust

Health & Wellbeing Award

presented by Allister Short, Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership

Winner: Patient Buddies, Midlothian Community Hospital Garden - Cyrenians

Long Service to Volunteering Award

presented by Annemarie Meikle, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley

Winner: Dave Mackay, Rosewell Development Trust (Award was collected by Robert Scott on Dave's behalf)

Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

presented by Rosemary Mooney & Laura Gemmell, SQA

Winner: Mark Wells, Food Facts Friends Foodbank in Penicuik

Saltire Summit Awards

Winners: Kelsee Hall, Elsie Holstead, Catrine McMillan & Callum Wylie

Volunteer Team of the Year Award

presented by Colonel Richard Callander, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian

Winner: Midlothian Community Garden Longstanding Volunteers - Cyrenians

Volunteer of the Year Award

Winner: Ross Perfect, Loanhead Children's Day

Pictured below are all of our 2019 award winners, nominators and sponsors. 


Job Opportunity with Volunteer Midlothian

06 Jun 2019

Communication and Administration Assistant Post

1st July to 30th August 2019

21 hours per week 
(Mon 10am – 3pm, Tues – Fri 10am – 2pm) 

£9 per hour 

This short term role will involve supporting project workers with project communication and assisting with other administration tasks to support the Volunteer Centre as required. Please click here to view the job description. 

Please apply with CV and short covering letter detailing relevant skills and experience to by 13th June.

Please note interviews will be held on the 18th June.  

Launch of Volunteering for All: National Framework

10 May 2019

The Scottish Government have recently launched their new Volunteering Outcomes Framework ‘Volunteering for All’. 

The Framework aims to reduce barriers to volunteering for people from all sections of the community, regardless of their background.  It will support third, private and public sector organisations to promote the value of volunteering. And it will celebrate the contributions that have already been made and will encourage everyone who wants to volunteer to take part. 

The framework also aims to build more links with communities, seeking opportunities to share resources and expertise at a grassroots level.

For further information and to view the Framework please click here.

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