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Volunteers needed to help with Memory Walk!

Volunteers needed to help with Memory Walk!

08 Aug 2018

Be part of something really special and help out at your nearest Memory Walk! Volunteering with Alzheimer Scotland is lots of fun and great way to help make sure no one faces dementia alone.

The Midlothian Memory Walk is taking place at Dalkeith Country Park on Sunday 23rd September 2018 and Alzheimer Scotland are looking for volunteers to get involved.

What will I do on the day? As part of the Alzheimer Scotland team roles include:
  • Helping our team set up the event area- putting up balloons, banners and bunting.
  • Marshalling the walk route, making sure everyone is safe and having a great time!
  • Supervising activities and entertainment, where needed.
  • Handing out goodies and refreshments, if provided.
  • Taking photographs to help capture the day’s festivities.
  • Thanking our fundraisers for all their hard work and support.
Why volunteer at events?
  • Support people affected by dementia in Scotland.
  • Meet other enthusiastic and caring people in your community.
  • Enhance your CV.
  • Have a great family day out—invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you on the day!

For more information and to register your interest click here.

Transform Youth Volunteering Project Reaches Milestone

01 Aug 2018

Volunteer Midlothian’s Youth Supported Volunteering project has reached a milestone of having had a 1000 young people volunteer with the project since 2009. The Transform project offers supported volunteering placements to young people aged 14-20, whereby the young volunteers are trained by the project coordinator and supervised while they undertake their volunteering. This gives a high quality volunteering experience to young people who would normally be too anxious or have other barriers preventing them from volunteering.

There are 4 main volunteering opportunities that young people can volunteer with under Transform: Intergenerational Befriending, Gardening, Holiday Playschemes and Primary School sessions. Each one helps the community in a different way, but at the same time improves the confidence and broadens the skill base of the young volunteers who take part. Since 2009 the 1000 volunteers have helped at over 2500 volunteering sessions within one of these four opportunities.

The project is funded through Midlothian Council’s Large Grant stream, Peoples’ Health Trust and Children in Need.

For more information about the project contact Keith Barbour, Youth Support Coordinator on 0131 660 1216 or keith@volunteermidlothian.org.uk

Volunteer comments about Transform:

 “This has been a life-changing experience and I hope to learn more throughout this experience”

“If I didn’t start volunteering I don’t think I would even have half the ambition I do now”

 “I really enjoyed myself, this has been a great experience and I believe that the skills I have developed will benefit me in the future”

Other comments about Transform:

“Regardless of the varying needs of the pupils participating, the coordinator and his team have kept every single child engaged, supported and happy. A first class service that we dearly cherish at Mayfield Primary School – Principal Teacher from Mayfield Primary School

“Nice to have the young generation – brings back memories” – Resident at Whitehill Sheltered Housing

“The tenants really look forward to their volunteer sessions and have a fantastic time regardless of the activities. They all join in and have a lovely time bonding with each other as well as the volunteers” – Manager of Moorfoot Court Sheltered Housing

Residents and young volunteers playing active bingo at a sheltered housing complex.

Volunteers from Newbattle High School helping at the coding club at Mayfield Primary School.

Young people from Midlothian Council’s Life Long Learning and Employability program helping at the Community garden in Dalkeith Country Park.

Young Volunteer helping at Midlothian Association of Play’s summer playschemes.

 

One-off volunteering opportunity with Changing Faces

19 Jul 2018

Changing Faces are holding a bag pack fundraiser in ASDA Straiton and are looking for local volunteers to help out. The bag packing will take place from 12-4pm on Saturday 11 August 2018 at ASDA Straiton, Pentland Rd, Loanhead EH20 9NY. The minimum age for volunteers is 8 years old, although under 16s must be accompanied by an adult - a great excuse for a fun, family day of volunteering!

 If you can spare a few hours to help them raise vital funds for their work in Scotland contact: katie.mullen@changingfaces.org.uk / 0141 559 5028.

Changing Faces is the Scotland’s only charity for everyone who has a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different. We want a future where everyone with a visible difference on their face or body has the confidence, support and opportunity to lead the lives they want. Being different in a society where there is such pressure to look a certain way is tough. We provide advice and support, we challenge discrimination, and we campaign for a world that respects difference.

For more information on this opportunity please click here

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

18 Jun 2018

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. We are really keen to encourage more nominations for Midlothian groups.

Eligibility

Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated they should do work that:

  • provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
  • is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • is run locally

Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated.

What the winners get

Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.

How the winners are decided

Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.

The committee makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.

Winners are announced on 2 June in the London Gazette. 

How to make a nomination

You must nominate a group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service online.

Nominees are considered for an award the year after they’re nominated.

Submit your nomination by midnight on 14 September 2018 to make sure your group is considered for the 2019 awards.

You must be independent of the group you’re nominating. Read the guidance notes before making your nomination.

Support for your nomination

When you nominate a group you also need letters from 2 people who support your nomination and are independent from the group you’re nominating - for example:

  • someone who benefits from the group’s work
  • someone who’s aware of the group’s work

The letters must include:

  • how the group helps the local community
  • how you know the group
Contact

Email queensaward@culture.gov.uk if you need help with your nomination, or need to find out more about the award.

For more information, visit the website.

 

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