Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteers announced
Over sixty of Edinburgh’s most “Inspiring” Volunteers are to be honoured by Frank Ross, Rt. Hon. Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh, at a special awards ceremony on Wednesday 07 June 2017, during #VolunteersWeekScotland.
Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards, now in its eleventh year, reflect the huge range of organisations and individuals who give their time freely to work with the city’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 throughout the school 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 the 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: “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.”
More about the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year 2017
Susie Dunstan, Retail Regional Manager at Save the Children said:
“Lily regularly volunteers three days a week and has done so since she started, roughly 30 years ago. Lily has had a huge impact on the local community in Dalry Road – many of the customers have grown up knowing Lily all their lives and she is a hugely respected and loved; known for her generosity, wise advice, sense of humour and great taste in music!
Lily is the life and soul of the party, loved by the volunteers and customers and is a well known and respected individual in the local community. Lily can often be found dancing in the shop, encouraging more sales for Save the Children!
Lily makes customers feel welcome and is often able to tell them about the history of Edinburgh – it’s a truly wonderful experience to be a customer when Lily is on the till! Lily has always been welcoming to others in the team, helping to train and make people feel comfortable in their role. She is also known for repairing and mending items, using her previous experience as a furrier, in order to make the most money possible for Save the Children.”
Volunteer Edinburgh will have a volunteer Live Tweeting at this year’s awards and you will be able to follow the @volunteeredi Twitter feed here. We’re encouraging people to use the hashtag #VolunteersWeekScotland
Details of all the 2017 Awardees and a short film will be published online on the 07 June 2017.
Media contact: Tyler Norrie, Events Assistant at Volunteer Edinburgh
0131 225 0630 firstname.lastname@example.org