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Last month Volunteer Midlothian and Midlothian Voluntary Action hosted 'Core Skills in Volunteer Management' training in Dalkeith. The course - designed and delivered by Volunteer Edinburgh - is a veritable ‘tour de force’ in how to support and manage volunteers. It was great to work in partnership with Volunteer Edinburgh to provide this valuable opportunity to local organisations, whilst learning some really interesting facts about volunteering along the way. For example, did you know that the number of people volunteering at any given time in Scotland tends to sit at around a third of the total population? In Midlothian the rate is currently around 32% according to the most recent data from the Scottish Household Survey (2018), although this does vary considerably depending on the type and duration of volunteering. We also learned that people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with protected characteristics under the 2010 Equalities Act (for example minority ethnic groups) are less likely to volunteer. The training reminded us that volunteer involving organisations need to be proactive about ensuring that everyone is represented and supported to participate, no matter what background they are from. The CVSM course runs regularly and we would highly recommend attending if you are involved in supporting or managing volunteers. For more info about future dates in Edinburgh, contact Volunteer Edinburgh on 0131 225 0630 or go to this this link https://www.volunteeredinburgh.org.uk/course/core-skills-in-volunteer-management/
The garden is in full bloom, full of wild flowers from poppies to cornflowers and we are working hard to keep the weeds – weeded, the grass trim and nettles at bay! We have said goodbye to some of our longer term volunteers and welcomed some new ones. Our new recruits arrived just in time for potato harvest – “it’s like digging for treasure” said one! Some of the harvest went to the volunteers and the rest to the volunteer coordinator who has been tasked with making a potato Spanish omelette for our next session!
Our very own team from Volunteer Midlothian will be joining us in the garden this September to help us with our big gardening plans and we are planning a pot luck picnic – guess I will make potato salad!
For more information on the Transform Project please contact Carey.
St John's and King's Park Church in Dalkeith are looking for new volunteers to assist with their friendly community cafe which runs weekly on a Monday from 9am - 1.30pm within the church.
Volunteers will help prepare and serve food, clear tables and generally interact with the customers. The cafe is currently closed for the summer holidays and re-opens on Monday 5th August so they would be looking for new volunteers to start then, with interviews taking place over the next couple of weeks.
For more information on this opportunity and to register your interest please click here.
Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is the highest award given to a voluntary group.
The Group was formed in 2005 and has evolved from meeting for a chat and a cuppa into to an influential Scottish Registered Charity (2013) within Midlothian, the wider community and nationally in kinship care. Their purpose and aim has never changed - support kinship carers and the children and young people in their care will benefit.
Two representatives from the Group will attend the garden party at Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh in July along with other recipients of this year’s Award.
Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) is one of 281 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
Representatives will receive the award from Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian later this summer.
Chairperson, Alice Drever, said, “Having had the privilege of being a member of this support group for 13 years, I have over the years met some remarkable people and have been entrusted with their stories. To be recognised and respected is the aim of our Group. It is amazing to be shown the respect and recognition in such a wonderful high honour. This award is for each and every member who give so much and we thank the sponsors from the bottom of our hearts.”
For more information on the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service please click here.
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