Midlothian Volunteer Awards 2023: Winners Announced

We are very excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Midlothian Volunteer Awards ceremony, which took place last night at Newbattle Abbey College. These incredible individuals have gone above and beyond to make a difference in their communities and to their organisations, and we are thrilled to recognise their contributions and dedication. From mentoring young people, supporting parents and providing soups for vulnerable people, and making a difference through physical activity, they represent the very best about volunteering.

Their inspiring stories remind us that we all have the power to create a positive change, no matter how big or small it may be.

By sharing their stories and celebrating their contributions and accomplishments, Midlothian’s volunteers inspire others to get involved and make a difference to their own communities….and their own lives. They are shining examples of what it means to be a volunteer. We hope that their passion and commitment will continue to inspire others for years to come.


This year’s winners are:

Equality and Diversity Award – Les Reynolds, Mayfield Community Club Tea Dance

Service to the Community Award – Davy Naismith, The Glencorse Centre

Befriender/Mentor of the Year Award – Alister Ballantyne, Health in Mind

Active Volunteering and Climate Change Award – Ageing Well Volunteers, Midlothian Council

Health & Wellbeing Award – Soup2Go – Young Volunteers, Midlothian Council Communities, Lifelong Learning and Employability

Dedicated Service Award – Louise D’Arcy-Greig, Army Cadet Force

Outstanding New Volunteer – I.M.P.A.C.T, Improving Midlothian Parents And Caregivers Time

Volunteering Team of the Year Award – The Rosewell Volunteering Team and The Rosewell Gardening Club, Rosewell Development Trust

Volunteer of the Year – Ruth Simpson, Ageing Well

Our Saltire Summit Award winners for 2023 are:

Kristen Dent, Aleesha Doherty, Louise Gillespie, Beth Keay, Shaun Wood, Chloe Barron, Ben McIntosh, George Brodie, Abbie O’Malley