Midlothian Council and Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership are joining forces with voluntary organisations to encourage local people to give a few hours of their time for the benefit of our community.
A number of voluntary and paid roles are available across Midlothian, many of which require a time commitment of just a couple of hours a week.
Voluntary roles currently open include passenger assistants for transport to and from Broomhill day centre; hospital ward helpers; Ageing Well walk or activity leaders; fancy a blether? Befrienders and many more.
Kate Keir, who has volunteered as a ward helper at Midlothian Community Hospital for the past two years said: “I volunteer because as well as helping out at the hospital, it also gets me out the house so it’s a win-win situation. The best thing about volunteering is the feeling I get knowing I have helped in some small way.
“I would encourage others to volunteer because it makes you feel good knowing you have given something back.”
Council leader Derek Milligan said: “It’s been a really difficult time for everyone, but particularly our older and more vulnerable residents and there’s still a big need for us all to be thinking of each other.
"If you can spare an hour or two a week, there are lots of opportunities to volunteer your time and give back to the community. I’d encourage everyone to take a look at www.midlothian.gov.uk/kindness-midlothian to see if any of the roles appeal.”
Lesley Kelly, chief officer, Volunteer Midlothian added: “You might decide you can only commit to something informally and that’s great, even small acts of kindness can make a big impact on someone’s life.
“But perhaps you have some spare time and can make a longer term commitment. Whether that’s volunteering on a ward at the local hospital for a couple of hours a week, or having a weekly blether on the phone with someone who could use a friend – there are lots of ways to make a difference.”