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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.
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.
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