Volunteer Midlothian Awards recognise locals’ efforts

Volunteer Midlothian hosted its annual Volunteer Awards ceremony recently at Newbattle Abbey College.

Part of Volunteers’ Week, over 40 nominations were received across a variety of categories and 16 awards were presented on the night.

Volunteer Team of the Year Award, Winner - Dalkeith Museum Volunteer Team, presented by Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian

Volunteer Team of the Year Award, Winner - Dalkeith Museum Volunteer Team, presented by Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian

Natalie Christison, volunteering development manager at Volunteer Midlothian, was delighted with the event.

She said: “It’s hugely important, the award winners are really an inspiration, the event is a showcase of all the volunteering that goes on across Midlothian.

“It was a great night, a really good attendance of over 100, with a variety of organisations in attendance as well as sponsors and invited guests like the deputy provost and Sir Robert Clerk, Lord Lieutenant of Midlothian, it was a great success.

“The awards have been going for about 15 years now and has grown and grown – we had more nominations this year and more sponsors.”

Natalie thanked Newbattle Abbey College and the award sponsors: EDF Energy, Midlothian Council Communities Team, Midlothian Council Lifelong Learning and Employability, Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership, Police Scotland, the Rotary Club of Esk Valley and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

The award-winners were: Outstanding New Volunteer Award, Francis Shields, Lothians Veterans’ Centre; Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award, Paula Smith, Community Links Befriending Project; Active Volunteering Award, Ageing Well Volunteers; Service to the Community Award, Sheilagh Law, St David’s Bradbury Day Centre; Health and Wellbeing Award, Flora Michalopoulou, Home Link Family Support; Long Service to Volunteering Award, Fiona Milton, Highbank Day Centre; Volunteer Manager of the Year Award, Keith Barbour, Volunteer Midlothian; Saltire Summit Awards, Callum Anderson, Megan Kay, Eilidh Selfridge, Jasmine Smales & Hannah Turbitt; Volunteer Team of the Year Award, Dalkeith Museum Volunteer Team; Volunteer of the Year Award, George Roy, Orchard Centre (Health in Mind); Volunteer Friendly Awards,National Mining Museum Scotland and Rosewell Development Trust.