Council staff donate their time to help local charity
As part of a new pilot project backed by Midlothian Council, 20 of its employees are giving up a few hours each during June to help the locally-based Button Box charity. Run by a small team of three volunteers, the The Button Box collects good quality clothing and re-distributes it to babies, children and teenagers up to the age of 16.
Help to sort out clothing
The charity has been gifted space to sort and store its clothes by a local business, Bishop's Move in Penicuik. Due to the fantastic response from people in Midlothian, its organisers desperately need help sorting out the piles of clothes donated to them. This is where the council helpers come in. Up to five employees will be working with the charity on each of the five Friday mornings in June to help clear the backlog.
Staff time donation
The pilot project is part of Midlothian Council’s new staff time donation scheme. The aim is to encourage council employees to donate some of their time and skills in support of community projects and charitable work.
Much needed help
The council’s cabinet member for communities, Councillor Russell Imrie, welcomed the new initiative.
“This is a way of giving much needed support to charities and community projects in Midlothian,” said Councillor Imrie. “As well as allowing employees to donate their time, the scheme will be able to match up particular staff skills with the needs of local groups.
“The response from our employees to the Button Box appeal has been fantastic, and we are confident that the staff time donation scheme can be extended to support other community projects. This charity is an example of how local communities, businesses, and volunteers can work together to improve outcomes for our families here in Midlothian.”