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We will be holding volunteer training courses in Aug/Sept and Oct/Nov 2017.
The next 4 day course will be in Dalkeith on Tuesdays 29th Aug, 5th Sept, 12th Sept and 19th Sept. 10am-2.30pm.
It's free and gives you all the skills you need to visit a family to offer emotional and practical support.
The Oct/Nov course will be on Saturdays.
To find out more call Jane on 0131 662 0890
Or fill in our application form here, and we'll invite to to meet us to discuss it further.
We are very proud of ALL 75 of our volunteers but some have had special recognition this Volunteers Week:
Flora Michalopoulou received the Health and Wellbeing Award in Midlothian, for her gentle persistence with a mother who could not leave the house and is now not only out and enjoying life but also volunteering herself. Mum is delighted with the match: ‘She says I can really talk to Flora I don’t feel pressured and the kids love her. She’s helped me to do my own volunteering and I have been out on my own too. I took the kids to gymnastics alone and enjoyed it and will go back.’
Ingrid Tait received an Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteer Award for supporting a family with complex needs, they said that Ingrid was "fantastic, so easy to talk to. I felt supported and much more confident. The children always love to read with Ingrid as soon as she comes in. We do loads of activities. Ingrid always has great ideas of what to do, and she helped us find new places to go, and work out the bus routes."
Anna Batink also received an Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteer Award. The mum in the family said her biggest achievement from Anna’s support has been to help her to trust again, make new friends and improve her boundaries. "Anna helped me to trust again and get back my confidence".
Anna says it has been well worth it because ‘I felt appreciated by the family and that I am helpful to them which is the most important thing for me.’
Mary Lilley also received an Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteer Award Mary has supported 3 families over the past two and a half years. Her most recent family say "Thank you for sending me my Mary, my son loves her so much he has tried to follow her home! She is easy to talk to and is building my confidence - she understands my anxiety issues. The match simply couldn’t have been any better, my son really looks forward to Mary’s visits and I feel like I am beginning to enjoy motherhood at last.’