New volunteering policy approved
Midlothian Council has approved a new volunteering policy, developed in conjunction with staff, volunteers and Volunteer Midlothian.
30 per cent of residents volunteer
Survey results show that around 30% of residents in Midlothian volunteer in some capacity every week. Internal surveys suggest that a similar proportion of council staff are also volunteering in their communities outside of work.
Building on success
The new policy aims to build on this success, viewing volunteering as a shared endeavour between Midlothian Council, its partners and communities. A commitment to action has been agreed which includes holding an annual council volunteer recruitment open day; providing taster volunteer opportunities; increasing opportunities for family-friendly and youth volunteering; celebrating volunteering through recognition schemes and giving volunteers the opportunity to contribute to service redesign and quality improvement.
Champion for volunteering
It has also been agreed that Councillor Debbi McCall will act as Midlothian Council’s champion for volunteering. Her role will be to promote volunteering in and outwith the council, reviewing progress, and promoting good practice.
Midlothian Council is also sponsoring awards at the forthcoming Volunteers’ Week which is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. It takes place from 1 to 7 June. Volunteer Midlothian also hosts an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in Midlothian. The 2019 ceremony will take place on Thursday 6 June at Newbattle Abbey College.