Celebrating Volunteers’ Week

Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteers' announced

Frank Ross, Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of The City of Edinburgh will honour some of the dedicated volunteers who give their time, energy and commitment to the people of Edinburgh at a special awards ceremony taking place at the City Chambers.

Now in its eleventh year, Edinburgh's Inspiring Volunteering Awards reflect the exceptional range of organisations and individuals working in the city's vibrant charity and non-profit sectors.

A wide age range is represented and awardees come from across the broad spectrum of cultures that make up our ever more diverse city.

Download the 2017 Awards Programme

On Tuesday 3 June 2015, The Lord Provost unveiled a new Honour Board he commissioned which lists previous winners of the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year Achievement Award since its inception in 2008. And it is intended to add to it each year as new winners are chosen. This board is displayed in the City Chambers and this years winner Lily Cook will be added following this years award ceremony. You can read more about the Honour Board on our site here.

If you would like to Tweet about the awards please use the hashtag #VolunteersWeekScot.

Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year 2017: Lily Cook

Lily Cook, Sales Assistant Volunteer, Save the Children Shop, Dalry Road

Lily, a well known and respected member of the local community, regularly volunteers three days a week, donating countless hours of her time to keep the Dalry Shop (led entirely by volunteers) open and active and has been doing so for roughly 30 years.

Always welcoming, Lily offers excellent customer service and is known for her generosity, wise advice, sense of humour and great taste in music! Lily is an incredible lady, the life and soul of the party, helping to train others in their vounteer role and is a key member of the team, loved by volunteers and customers alike.

Lily mends and repairs items donated to the shop too, carefully making sure the shop raises as much money for Save the Children as possible. Lily’s indefatigable commitment has made an incredible contribution to Save the Children and we are incredibly grateful to have Lily’s generous support.

This film about the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year 2017 - Lily Cook, will be premiered at this years awards ceremony. The film can also be found on our YouTube page here.

With thanks to volunteer Richard Morgan for shooting and editing this film.

Special Recognition Awards 2017

This year we have 11 special recognition categories for volunteers involved in specific areas of activity.

Eve Morley Youth Volunteering 2017
Collections Services Support, The National Galleries of Scotland

Sean Fitzharris Health and Social Care Volunteering 2017
Community Food Volunteer and Local Activist, Pilton Community Health Project

Kathleen Bolt Environment and Conservation Volunteering 2017
Group leader, Edinburgh Woodcraft Folk

Martha Thom Trustee Volunteering 2017
Trustee, Pilton Equalities Project

Lynn Cleal Fundraising Volunteering 2017
Fundraising Chair, St John Edinburgh

Corinna O’Malley Hamilton Sports Volunteering 2017
Young Volunteer, The Spartans Community Football Academy

Ann Broadbent Arts, Culture and Heritage Volunteering 2017
Knitter and Crocheter, Knit & Natter

John Fayrer Tenant Participation Volunteering 2017
Convenor of Rent Matters Working Group, Tenant Led Inspector, Sheltered Housing Liaison Group member and Edinburgh Tenants Federation

Elaine MacKenzie Long Standing Volunteering 2017
Information/Engagement/Campaigner Assistant, Guide Dogs Scotland Campaign team

Eleanor Kemp Charity Shop Volunteering 2017
Customer Care Volunteer Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland

Naseem Akhtar Promotional Volunteering 2017
Wellbeing Group Volunteer, Saheliya


Teams invited to attend the Awards Ceremony:

Broomhouse Health Strategy Group (BHSG) Volunteers
Care and Repair Edinburgh/Big Hearts Volunteer Group
North Edinburgh Chat Café
Drug Testing and Treatment Order, The Yard
Edinburgh Branch of Parkinson’s UK Volunteer Team
Volunteer Team, Edinburgh Chinese Elderly Support (ECES)
Volunteer Educators, Lothian Education and Recovery Network (LEARN)
Lunch Breaks Team, Eric Liddell Centre
Kirkgate Café Volunteers, Kirkgate Cafe
The Jackson Family, Clermiston and Drumbrae Gala (CDG)
The Sycamore Tree Café Volunteers, The Sycamore Tree Café
Thursday Club Kitchen Team, The Open Door
TRUE Colours, St Augustine’s RC High School

Individuals invited to attend the Awards Ceremony:

Aishah Jamil Day Care Provision Volunteer, Milan Senior Welfare Organisation
Alice Finlayson Various roles within the project, Community One Stop Shop
Armita Bagherzadeh Arts, Culture & Heritage Volunteer: Collections Support, The National Galleries of Scotland
Betty Milton Chair, Sighthill Broomhouse and Parkhead Community Council
Billie Cross Peer Mentor, Fabb Scotland
Brian Robertson Edinburgh Local Group Leader and Event Helper, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Candela Sanchez Job Club Lead Volunteer/Panic and Anxiety Group Lead Volunteer, Grassmarket Community Project
Cara Redpath Volunteer Befriender, Positive Help
Chris Graham Receptionist, St Columba’s Hospice
Chris Hilton Generalist Adviser, Citizens Advice Edinburgh (CAE)
Christopher Dalziel SX Volunteer, SX Scotland
Clodagh Ross Volunteer Counsellor, The Counselling Service at Pilton Community Health Project (PCHP)
David Jacobs Volunteer Community Reporter, Digital Sentinel & WHALE Community Cinema
David McGuiness Volunteer Befriender, Queensferry Churches’ Care in the Community
Douglas Niven Café, Kitchen and Fair Volunteer, Eric Liddell Centre
Geoff Kitchener Board Member and Carers Champion, North West Carers Centre
Graham Henderson Trustee, Jack Kane Community Centre
Ian McInnes Receptionist, Citizens Advice Edinburgh (CAE) and Access Panel Member, Edinburgh Access Panel
Isabel Hunter Good Neighbour Club Helper, The Open Door
Janis Dunn Kennel Volunteer, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home
John Mackie HPS Volunteer Befriender, Health in Mind
Katie Jefferson Promotional/Fundraising Volunteer, Butterfly Trust
Lois Burke Arts, Culture & Heritage Volunteer: Collections Engagement, Museum of Childhood
Lois Jones Drama Class Assistant, Love Drama
Margaret Hendry Health and Wellbeing Volunteer, Thistle Foundation
Marit Boot Founder, What? Why? Children in Hospital
Maryam Moghadas IT Support Tutor and Craft Tutor, Saheliya
May Wilson Lettings Assistant, Greyfriars Charteris Centre
Michael Robertson Arts, Culture & Heritage Volunteer: Collections Documentation, Museum of Childhood
Mohamed Al Houlani Home Energy Visits, The Welcoming
Paul McCay CARDS Outreach Volunteer, Rowan Alba
Rachel Walker Volunteer Home Tutor, Home Learning Scheme, Community-based ESOL, Edinburgh College
Rosemary Addison Volunteer Gardener, St Columba’s Hospice
Sophie Dolan Volunteer Befriender, Butterfly Trust
YuNing Ooi Saturday Day Care Assistant, The Open Door


Investing in Volunteers' Awards

Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work.

One organisation will receive this award at the City Chambers in recognition of their very real and important commitment to their volunteers:

Smart Works Edinburgh

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week - Looking Back

You can download the programme for last years Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2016 here.