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In 2015 the Lord Provost unveiled an Honour Board which lists previous winners of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award since its inception in 2008

Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award

This special award was first introduced in 2008. Each year since then five to seven volunteers have been shortlisted for the Lord Provost to select his “Inspiring Volunteer of the Year” from.

Held annually, the Inspiring Volunteer Awards ceremony is organised by Volunteer Edinburgh as part of Volunteers’ Week which is a national celebration of volunteers and volunteering. The awards are hosted by the Lord Provost and City of Edinburgh Council and the Inspiring Volunteer Awards 2024 ceremony was held this year on Tuesday 4 June.

The awards celebrate the accomplishments of volunteers, and the major economic and social benefits they provide as a result of their voluntary activities.

On Tuesday 3 June 2015, the Lord Provost unveiled a new Honour Board he commissioned which lists previous winners of the Lord Provost’s Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award since its inception in 2008. And it is intended to add to it each year as new winners are chosen. This board is displayed in the City Chambers and the previous winners can be found below. Photos of the unveiling can be found on our Facebook page here.

Pictured: Photo of the honour board at the City Chambers of the winners of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award.

The honour board at the City Chambers of the winners of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year award.

Roll of honour

Roll of Honour

2008 Joy Peat

Volunteer for RNID and Samaritans

2009 Joan Alexander

Citizen Advocate for ‘Partners In Advocacy’

2010 Liz Bisset

Brownie and Girl Guide, past District Commissioner & Trustee with Girlguiding Edinburgh, Richmond’s Hope & Richmond’s Café Project

2011 Michele Lindsay

Classroom Assistant at Access to Industry

2012 Barbara Johnstone

Organiser for Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled

2013 Alison Drever

Volunteer Adviser, Benefits Specialist for Citizen’s Advice Edinburgh Leith Bureau

2014 Betty Stevenson

Convenor of Edinburgh Tenants Federation

2015 Malik Masood

Chairperson for Scottish Asian Pakistan Foundation / Coordinator for Southside Elderly Club

2016 Shona Black

Campaign and Information Assistant, Guide Dogs Scotland

2017 Lily Cook

Sales Assistant Volunteer, Save the Children Shop, Dalry Road

2018 Malcolm Scullion

Media Volunteer (Development Team), Thistle Foundation

2019 Jason

Peer Support Volunteer, CARDS – Rowan Alba Ltd

2020 The Citizens

City of Edinburgh

2021 Julia Grindley

Chair, Edinburgh School Uniform Bank

2022 Mark Ireland

Volunteer Befriender, CARDS Rowan Alba Ltd

2023 Isaac Taylor

Support for Learning Helper, Currie High School

2024 Heather Wallace

Volunteer CEO, Pain Concern

Pictured: Photo of the Rt Hon Lord Provost Robert Aldridge of the City of Edinburgh with Isaac Taylor, winner of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year, at the 2023 awards ceremony.

Rt Hon Lord Provost Robert Aldridge of the City of Edinburgh with Isaac Taylor, winner of the Inspiring Volunteer of the Year, at the 2023 awards ceremony.

Volunteer Edinburgh, Inspiring Volunteer Awards, Office of the Lord Provost, and City of Edinburgh Council logos

Volunteer Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteer Awards in partnership with the Office of the Lord Provost and the City of Edinburgh Council.
For more information please contact Jason McCann at Volunteer Edinburgh by calling 07587 034 535 or email events@volunteeredinburgh.org.uk.