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Volunteers' Week Awards nominations now open!

Volunteers' Week Awards nominations now open!

05 Mar 2018

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 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. Our 2018 Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday 7 June 2018 at Newbattle Abbey College. 

Nominations for 2018 are now OPEN!

We invite you to nominate individuals or teams of volunteers. Please click HERE to find out more and to make your nomination.

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 29 March 2018.


Connect Online Project calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund!

01 Mar 2018

Our Connect Online Project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. greenspace scotland is working with Groundwork to provide support to communities in Scotland.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Our Connect Online Project is one of the groups on the shortlist. The project has been running since 2012 and offers basic IT tuition to adults across Midlothian through the help of local volunteers. To find out more about the project click here

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. To vote for our project you can visit the Hardengreen and Bonnyrigg Tesco stores from now until 30 April. 

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit


Volunteers needed in Mayfield!

26 Feb 2018

Lawfield Primary School are looking for keen volunteers to assist with their Walking Bus initiative. The Lawfield Walking Bus was established a year ago and enables children to walk to school in safe, supervised groups. The Bus concept is a safe, healthy and environmentally friendly approach to walking large groups of children to school. Each Bus has an adult 'Driver' at the front and an adult 'Conductor' at the rear. We sing songs, play instruments and tell stories on the way to school. The Bus can only be sustained if volunteers are available to be the Driver or Conductor, even on a rota basis. The children walk to school in a group along a set route picking up additional 'passengers' from home along the way. Everyone wears a reflective harness connected to a "Walkodile". The number of walking buses will depend on the number of children who are interested. We operate the buses every day for the journey to school.

If you could spare an hour a week to help out with the Walking Bus please click here for more info and how to sign up!

Community Links Projects coming to an end

05 Feb 2018

Volunteer Midlothian’s Community Links Projects, following a very successful six year period, will sadly close in March this year as Midlothian Council Integrated Care funding has come to an end. The projects have been offering befriending, dementia inclusive groups and connections in the community, bringing people together and increasing social connections for older people in Midlothian. The project coordinators, Mags Bryan and Claire Spiden, have enjoyed developing partnerships with many organisations including Art in Healthcare, Paths for All, British Red Cross, Nordoff Robbins, Citadel Arts, Vocal, Health in Mind and many more. Mags and Claire have worked diligently over the last number of years to build up these quality projects which have been invaluable to clients, carers and referrers across Midlothian. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication, commitment and hard work which has been paramount to the success of these projects.

Over this last year Volunteer Midlothian’s Community Links projects have supported 352 people on a weekly basis, supported by 110 wonderful volunteers. This has enabled all who have been involved to remain independent at home for longer; enjoying the company and social contact of others by attending groups, participating in local outings and activities at home whilst offering people the chance to share and learn new skills.

Celebrated moments include:

  • Age Scotland Award for Best Partnership Working
  • Service to the Community Award
  • Paths for All accreditation and Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Dementia Stars Award for 16 people with dementia
  • Befriender and Mentor of the Year Award
  • Individual and community participation in Luminate Festival and Celebrating Absent Friends events.

Mags and Claire would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have made the projects such a success and to all those involved, they wish them well for the future. Our Connect Online project will continue and a new volunteer coordinator role has been funded which going forward will provide new opportunities for volunteers of all ages across Midlothian.


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