• Category: Health and Wellbeing Award

    Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance

    Nominated by: Breastfeeding Network UK

    Midlothian Breastfeeding Alliance (MBA) is a network of trained breastfeeding peer supporters who, collectively, have provided dedicated support to breastfeeding mums across Midlothian for many years. This outstanding team of local female volunteers adapted quickly to the changes brought about by Covid-19, moving their groups online and supporting local women via social media. They gave over 200 gift bags containing self-care items as well as info about breastfeeding to new mums during the first lockdown. They were also closely involved in the development of a Walk, Talk and Feed group.

    Green Prescribing Garden Buddies

    Nominated by: Cyrenians

    Cyrenians Green Prescribing team have been involved in buddying and befriending activity throughout the pandemic in the garden at the Midlothian Community Hospital. The Volunteer Buddies gave their time and energy to visit the garden and support others, listening to people who were struggling through a period of extreme uncertainty when everyone was finding things difficult. They have been nominated in recognition of all their hard work, energy and – most of all – their unwavering compassion and respect.

    Lauren and Josie from the Art and Craft in Wellbeing Group

    Nominated by: Health in Mind

    Lauren and Josie co-facilitate the ‘Art and Craft in Wellbeing’ group, which came about after Health in Mind’s wellbeing services moved online due to the pandemic. These sessions initially ran for 6 weeks but were so successful that they continued in the longer term. The group has offered activities to over 20 participants, including mindfulness sessions, felting, basket making, origami and colour theory. Lauren and Josie are interested in exploring how creativity can promote wellbeing both individually and more widely across communities and society. These two highly creative volunteers deserve recognition for the positive contribution they have made.

    Anam Cara Befriending Volunteers

    Nominated by: Anam Cara

    The Anam Cara team provided a befriending service to female participants from Anam Cara who were experiencing stress, anxiety and isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. This particularly dedicated team of volunteers, many of whom have their own lived experience of mental health issues, provided telephone support and signposting services to over 30 women as part of the initiative. All those who were supported gave outstanding feedback about the service that they had received and the positive impact of volunteer input on their mental wellbeing.