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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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by 13th June.
Please note interviews will be held on the 18th June.
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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