Volunteer Managers celebrated at Midlothian Awards Ceremony

Laura Gemmell (r), SQA Responsible Business Officer, presents Paula Jackson with the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award

The significant contribution made by volunteers, and those who manage them, to the local community was celebrated at the annual Midlothian Volunteer Awards Ceremony.

The event was one of hundreds which took place throughout the UK as part of Volunteersí Week. Volunteer Midlothian, who organise the Awards, see it as a fantastic opportunity for local organisations to recognise the significant role which volunteers play in the region.

SQA attended the ceremony, which took place in the suitably impressive setting of Midlothianís Newbattle Abbey College, as sponsors of the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award. We also showed our support by printing the programmes for the ceremony.

Our category finalists have all demonstrated excellence in volunteer management or co-ordination. David Bell was praised for his thoughtful approach to managing volunteer activities at the National Mining Museum of Scotland. Paula Jackson has shown dedication to improving the confidence of the young volunteers at Midlothianís Transform Project. Our third finalist, Vivian Wallace, has taken an innovative approach during her nine years with the Ageing Well project.

At the ceremony, Paula Jackson was announced as the winner of the award.

Laura Gemmell, SQA Responsible Business Officer, said after presenting the award: ďVolunteers take on a wide variety of roles and itís a privilege to help Volunteer Midlothian recognise the excellent work they carry out in the area. Itís also an opportunity to celebrate the people, like our inspirational finalists, who help people to volunteer, giving them the confidence to make a difference in their community.Ē

Congratulations to all our finalists on their well-deserved recognition.