Success of Volunteer Recruitment Fair ignites volunteerism in Dalkeith

Sunday March 17th 2024

Volunteer Midlothian 2024

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Volunteer Midlothian’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair returned successfully on Thursday February 29th, with an impressive turnout of over 125 attendees dropping into St John’s & Kings Park Church to learn more about volunteering.

In light of recent trends indicating a decline in volunteering rates, as highlighted by a 2022 survey revealing a dip below 1 million volunteers in Scotland for the first time in 15 years, Volunteer Midlothian remains steadfast in their commitment to promote and support volunteering in Midlothian.

The annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair serves as a vital platform for organisations to come together, advertise their volunteer opportunities, and engage directly with the local community.

Volunteer Midlothian told Midlothian View:

“This year’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair was a great success, with attendees eagerly signing up to lend their time and skills to various causes across Midlothian and further afield.

“Adding to the festivities, previous Midlothian Volunteer Awards mascots made a surprise appearance and helped remind everyone of the upcoming Volunteers’ Week in June. Volunteer Midlothian’s Chief Officer, Lesley Kelly, announced the opening of nominations for the 2024 Awards. The nominations close on March 22nd, so be sure to submit the online nomination form as soon as possible if you want to nominate a volunteer who’s really made an impact in Midlothian.

“We’d like to extend our appreciation to everyone who made this year’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair one to remember.

“Special appreciation goes to Black Diamond FM for providing background music and conducting insightful interviews, which will soon be available on their website and on Volunteer Midlothian’s website.

“Thank you to Midlothian Provost and Volunteer Champion, Debbi McCall, who gave an uplifting speech that encouraged everyone to start their volunteering journey.

“Thank you to the Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lord Lieutenant, and Deputy Lord Lieutenant for coming along to support us, and staying to chat to everybody.”

“A big thank you to MAEDT, who provided delicious homemade soup and refreshments throughout the day.

Of course, the day would not have happened without the commitment from all the organisations that showed up excited to promote their volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering Matters
NHS Lothian
Glencorse Centre
Equal Futures
Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance
Newtongrange Development Trust
Girlguiding Midlothian
Penicuik Storehouse
Health In Mind
Forth Rivers Trust
Citizens Advice Bureau
Alzheimer Scotland
Central Dalkeith & Woodburn Pantry
Midlothian CLLE
Gorebridge Development Trust
HCL Transport
Ageing Well
Mavisbank Trust
Volunteer Midlothian

Missed out? Don’t worry! Volunteer Midlothian holds weekly Volunteer Drop-Ins every Tuesday from 10:00 – 13:00 and every Thursday from 12:30 – 15:00 at The Salon in Dalkeith. These are open to anyone interested in volunteering, especially if you don’t know where to start.

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