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SQA News 20 June 2019 (test)

Volunteer Managers celebrated at Midlothian Awards Ceremony

SQA's Laura Gemmell (l) and Rosemary Mooney, with the winner of the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award, Mark Wells

Volunteer Midlothian hosted their annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the wide range of volunteering involvement in the region.

The ceremony took place during Volunteers' Week, which recognises the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Members of SQA's Responsible Business team attended the ceremony at Dalkeith's Newbattle Abbey College, where they presented the Volunteer Manager of the Year Award.

Our category finalists have all demonstrated excellence in volunteer management or co-ordination.

As a volunteer herself, Marion Menzies coordinates the team of 22 volunteers who run the Dalkeith Museum. Una Paterson, a Volunteer Manager with the Connect Online project, manages around 30 volunteers to provide IT tuition to older people across Midlothian.

We presented the award to Volunteer Team Leader Mark Wells, who has established a dedicated team of volunteers at Food Facts Friends Foodbank in Penicuik.

Rosemary Mooney, SQA Responsible Business Manager, said after presenting the award: “It was a privilege to help Volunteer Midlothian celebrate the volunteers who are making such a positive contribution to the local area. Our Volunteer Manager finalists are doing a fantastic job inspiring people to volunteer and giving them the confidence to make a difference in their community.”