Owen Thompson, MP for Midlothian, has helped to mark the tremendous contribution made each year by volunteers to the Scottish economy and society by presenting Adele McGowan of Home Link Family Support with her Volunteer of the Year Award. The presentation took place at the Volunteer Midlothian awards ceremony at Newbattle Abbey College in Dalkeith on Thursday 2 June 2016. Adele was chosen for the award by staff at Volunteer Midlothian from all individual volunteer nominations received.
From 1 to 12 June, Volunteers’ Week Scotland is taking place as part of a UK-wide series of events to highlight the invaluable work done by volunteers up and down the country. Events are already planned in communities as far apart as Shetland and Galashiels. This year Volunteers’ Week is running for an extra five days, to coincide with the Queen’s Patron’s Lunch on 12 June.
Owen Thompson MP commented:
“It was an honour to present Adele with her award. The work done by Home Link Family Support for children and families in Midlothian is invaluable, and they count on volunteers like Adele to do this work. The latest research states that 27 per cent of Scottish adults provided unpaid help to organisations or groups in the last 12 months, 75 per cent of them doing so for up to 10 hours a week. These volunteers offer up their skills and time across an enormous range of activities, through which most of us have benefitted in some way.
“I am an enthusiastic supporter of Volunteers’ Week Scotland and wish to give my personal thanks to volunteers who play a critical role in Midlothian and across Scotland.”
George Thomson, Chief Executive of Volunteer Scotland, said:
“Volunteers’ Week Scotland is a chance to personally thank volunteers for their contribution to our lives, and to celebrate the community building they bring about in many different kinds of activities . It’s an opportunity to look around us and see the wide variety of volunteering that people do every day in our communities, and also to think about what we might do ourselves to help. We want to encourage more people, from more diverse backgrounds, to volunteer more regularly in ways that’s friendly, uplifting and rewarding.”