Celebrate volunteers during National Volunteers' Week

Debbi McCall

As National Volunteers’ Week gets underway on Monday 1 June, Midlothian Council’s Volunteers Champion Debbi McCall, pictured above pre social distancing, said she “couldn’t be prouder” of the scores of local people helping others.

Chance to celebrate

Cllr McCall said Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make in Midlothian and across the UK. She said: “With so many local people pulling together during Covid-19, it’s more important than ever for us to recognise and support volunteers.

Amazing work all year round

“I couldn’t be prouder of our local communities, hundreds of whom have formed groups to do everything from delivering shopping to vulnerable neighbours to producing PPE for frontline staff.
“However, this week is about recognising the amazing year-round work of volunteers. 

High percentage of volunteers locally

“Before Covid-19, survey results showed that around 30% of residents in Midlothian volunteer in some capacity every week – a figure that’s probably much higher now certainly.

Improving lives

“These committed individuals, doing roles like volunteering at food banks and helping the council’s Ranger Service look after open spaces, are improving so many of our lives.”

Stepping up

Lesley Kelly, Chief Officer of Volunteer Midlothian, added her own thanks on behalf of the Third Sector. "Volunteers have really stepped up to the mark.  We are hugely grateful for their hard work, and we look forward to supporting local volunteering as we move out of lockdown."

Show your appreciation

During National Volunteers’ Week people across Midlothian will be encouraged to celebrate and thank volunteers by, for example, displaying the Volunteers’ Week logo in windows. If you'd like to colour in a Volunteers' Week logo to display then you can download one here.

Check social media

You’ll also find lots of great stories about local volunteers on the council’s Midlothian Council Facebook and the @midgov Twitter account with the #KindnessMidlothian hashtag to encourage sharing.

Huge thank you

Cllr McCall said, on behalf of Midlothian Council, a huge thank you to all local volunteers. She said: “You are our heroes.”

28 May 2020