Honouring Midlothian’s volunteering heroes

Winner Adele McGowan, pictured with Owen Thompson MP
Winner Adele McGowan, pictured with Owen Thompson MP

There was an opportunity to sing the praises of a special band of people when Volunteer Midlothian hosted its annual Volunteer Awards.

More than 40 nominations were received across a variety of categories and ten awards were presented at the ceremony held at Newbattle Abbey College during Vounteers’ Week.

The evening was an inspiring showcase of the variety of volunteering which takes place across Midlothian. Guests included Lieutenant Colonel Richard Callander, Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian and his wife Lady Mary Callander, Provost Joe Wallace and Midlothian MP Owen Thompson.

The event would not be possible without the support of Newbattle Abbey College and the award sponsors.

These include EDF Energy, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability, Midlothian Integrated Joint Board, NHS Lothian, Police Scotland, The Rotary Club of Esk Valley and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

It was extended this year to allow more time to celebrate and to coincide with the Patron’s Lunch on June 12, a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations to which The Queen acts as a Patron, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

This year’s Midlothian winners are as follows:

Volunteer of the Year - Adele McGowan (Home Link Family Support).

Volunteer Team of the Year - Midlothian Plusone Mentors.

Saltire Summit Award winners - Leia Ainscough, Alasdair Brady, Darren Butters, Callum Kennedy, Lewis Riley, Kirsty Robertson, Rebecca Robertson and Emma Sinclair.

Outstanding New Volunteer - Steven Middlemass (Midlothian Sure Start).

Long Service to Volunteering Award - Sheila Johnston (Lasswade High School PHAB Club).

Active Volunteering Award- Ross Hutchison (Lasswade High School Duke of Edinburgh Programme).

Befriender/Mentor of the Year - Christopher Wilson (Midlothian Transform Project).

Service to the Community - Midlothian Community Stroke Service (Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland).

Health and Wellbeing Award - John Duncan (Horizons Recovery Café).

Volunteer Manager of the Year - Sqn Ldr Barry McAdam RAFVR(T) (Air Training Corps).