Community Links Projects coming to an end
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.