Provost Joe Wallace praised volunteers for their invaluable contribution to communities.
Speaking at Volunteer Midlothian’s volunteer recruitment fair on Friday, March 13 at the Dalkeith Arts Centre, he said: “I’m in awe of the thousands of people in Midlothian who give their time, energy and commitment – all for free – to help others.
“I take my hat off to each and every one of you. You are the unsung heroes of the area. Having spoken to lots of volunteers today, I’d urge anyone with a few hours to spare to sign up with an organisation. Everyone I’ve spoken to certainly seems to get out of it just as much as they put in. “
A range of organisations were present including Ageing Well, Diabetes Scotland, South East Scotland Scouts, Lothians Veterans’ Centre and British Red Cross.