Edinburgh's inspiring volunteers to be honoured at awards

Over 60 of Edinburgh's most inspiring volunteers are to be honoured during #VolunteersWeekScotland by the Lord Provost at a special awards ceremony in the City Chambers tomorrow (Wednesday 7 June).

Edinburgh's Inspiring Volunteer Awards, now in their 11th year, reflect the huge range of organisations and individuals who give their time freely to work with Edinburgh's vibrant charity and non-profit sectors.

This year's awardees include a keen knitter who runs 'Knit and Natter' sessions; a kennel volunteer; an IT instructor; a befriender providing care and support to the elderly; a group of secondary pupils with a mission to raise awareness of equality issues and an actor with a social cause.

The recipient of the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year Award 2017 is Lily Cook, a Sales Assistant Volunteer with Save the Children, Dalry Road.

Frank Ross, Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, said: “Lily Cook certainly is an ‘Inspiring Volunteer’ and worthy of the 2017 Award. Her first-hand experience of customer service has proved invaluable to the Save the Children charity shop on Dalry Road. I am delighted to present these awards and to add Lily’s name to the volunteering honour board in Edinburgh's City Chambers.”

Edward Hibbert, Trustee of Volunteer Edinburgh, said: “These Awards are a way to celebrate the wide range of people who volunteer and the positive difference volunteering makes across the city every day. We are delighted that the Lord Provost continues to recognise how important volunteers are to Edinburgh through this key initiative.”

Paul Wilson, Chief Officer of Volunteer Edinburgh, added: “The volunteers receiving awards this year come from all walks of life, have a whole range of skills and abilities and make their impact in a huge variety of ways. This is true of course of the many thousands of volunteers across Edinburgh, each of whom makes a powerful and unique difference by choosing to volunteer. We’d like to thank each and every one of those volunteers for being truly inspiring and making our city a better place to live and work.”

This year's award ceremony has been organised by Volunteer Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Compact Partnership.

 

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