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 actively encourage local organisations to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of their volunteers during Volunteers' Week. For more information and useful resources visit the Volunteers' Week website and the Volunteer Scotland website.
Volunteers' Week Awards Ceremony
Volunteer Midlothian 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. For a full list of our 2017 winners please click here.
We hosted our annual Volunteer Awards Ceremony, as part of Volunteers’ Week, on Thursday 7 June at Newbattle Abbey College.
Over 40 nominations were received across a variety of categories and 11 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 Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, Provost Peter Smaill 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.
2018 Award Winners
Outstanding New Volunteer Award
presented by Gael Belton & Connie Steele, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability
Winner: Helen Boyle, Home Link Family Support
Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award
presented by Inspector Neil Mitchell & Constable Rona Duncan, Police Scotland
Winner: Kirsty Penny, Volunteer Midlothian
Active Volunteering Award
presented by Kate Goan & Ashleigh Dickson, EDF Energy
Winner: David Thornton, ROWAN Project, Health in Mind
Service to the Community Award
presented by Paul Johnson & Rona Duncan, Midlothian Council Communities Team
Winner: Beth Keay, Rosewell Development Trust
Health & Wellbeing Award
presented by Allister Short & Mairi Simpson, Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership
Winner: Forward Mid Volunteers
Long Service to Volunteering Award
presented by Colin Wilson & Maurice Jackson, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley
Winner: Thomas Yuill, Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club (unfortunately Thomas was unable to attend so his award was collected by representatives from Dalkeith Thistle)
Volunteer Manager of the Year Award
presented by Laura Gemmell, SQA
Winner: Paula Jackson, Volunteer Midlothian
Saltire Summit Awards
presented by Megan Kay, MSYP & Saltire Ambassador
Winners: Keiran Harvey, Ty Hennessey, Erin Laird, Keiran Lane & Natasha Thomas
Volunteer Team of the Year Award
presented by Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian
Winner: Board of Grandparents Parenting Again and Kinship Carers Midlothian
Volunteer of the Year Award
presented by Provost Peter Smaill
Winner: Liz Byrne, Orchard Centre, Health in Mind
Volunteer Friendly Award
presented by Natalie Burnside, Volunteer Midlothian
Winner: Ageing Well Midlothian
Pictured below are all of our 2018 Award winners and sponsors.