Midlothian Volunteer Awards 2021: Nominees Announced

We are now able to share the list of confirmed nominees for the 2021 Midlothian Volunteer Awards, which will take place during Volunteers’ Week from 1-7 June. It’s looking likely that we will run an event on the evening of Thursday 3rd June to announce the winners, so keep an eye out for further updates about this.

The standard of nominations has been very high this year and we have also had a lot of interest in the awards. This reflects all the extra voluntary activity we’ve seen as part of the Covid-19 resilience response in local communities, but also the amazing work that has taken place across the third sector as a whole throughout the pandemic.

All of the nominees are listed below. The full list of Saltire Summit nominees will be announced later on in April. Well done everyone – you are all fabulous!

Outstanding New Volunteer  

  • Heather Mortimore (Food Facts Friends) 
  • Andrew Love (CAPS Collective Advocacy) 
  • Kathryn Gordon (Home Link Family Support) 
  • Katrina Drennan (Penicuik Ambassdors) 
  • Beth Fyfe Falconer (Volunteer Midlothian – Transform) 

Befriender Mentor   

  • Joseph Burke (Health in Mind) 
  • Alzheimer Scotland Telephone Companions
  • Amanda Gillespie (Home Link Family Support)   
  • Connect Project Volunteers (Volunteer Midlothian) 
  • Colin Pow (Health in Mind) 

Active Volunteering 

  • Rebecca Lewis (Riverfly on the Esk)
  • Holly Gibb (Breastfeeding Café) 
  • Mirabelle Maslin (Roslin and Bilston Community Council) 
  • Chris Boyle and Ricky Lloyd (Dalkeith Rugby) 
  • Dalkeith Guerrilla Gardeners 
  • Ageing Well (Midlothian Council)

Health and Wellbeing  

  • Anam Cara Befriending Team
  • Art and Craft in Wellbeing Group (Health in Mind) 
  • Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance
  • Green Prescribing Garden Buddies (Cyrenians)

Dedicated Service  

  • Jim Paterson (Food Facts Friends) 
  • Connect Online (Volunteer Midlothian) 
  • David Thornton (Health in Mind) 
  • Colette Pye (Mayfield and District Breastfeeding Support Group) 
  • Maggie Palmer (Home Link Family Support)  
  • Jim Ralston (1st Loanhead Boys Brigade Company) 
  • Penicuik Community Development Trust


  • Vernon Miles (Community Activist – Environmental Clean Up) 
  • Grant Stanley (‘Our Stars Family’ on Facebook ) 
  • Amazing Brains Committee at Art Club 
  • Food Facts Friends 
  • Gorebridge Resilience Partnership  
  • Penicuik Ambassadors 

Volunteer Manager  

  • Mark Wells (Food Facts Friends) 
  • Michael Huddleston (Alzheimer Scotland) 
  • Monika Dyczko (Health in Mind) 
  • Naomi Knights (Volunteer Midlothian) 
  • Shondra Riley (Made in Midlothian) 

Saltire Summit Award

  • Kyle Anderson
  • Eva Hesketh-Laird
  • Louise Gillespie
  • Melissa Reidie 
  • Samantha Gough