Changeworks’ volunteers were recently recognised in the City of Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteering Awards 2015.

Our Heat Heroes volunteer team won an Inspiring Volunteering Award for their work supporting older people in Edinburgh to live in warm, dry homes at an affordable cost recently. Go team! The volunteers have helped more than 1,000 households across Edinburgh since forming in 2012 and made a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing. Volunteers Anne Hamerska and Alan Cole (pictured right) collected the award on behalf of the team at the awards ceremony at Edinburgh’s City Chambers.

What’s more, three of our Real Nappy Project volunteers received individual awards for their energy and enthusiasm in providing Edinburgh parents with information and advice about choosing real nappies. Jennifer Bow (pictured left), Emily Wood and Sarah Taylor have each been volunteering with the project for two to three years and during that time have helped more than 600 parents choose the best real nappies for their baby, lifestyle and budget. Reusable nappies save the average family £500 by the time the child is potty trained and also helps them to avoid sending around 4,000 disposable nappies per baby to landfill. Jennifer (pictured left) received her award at the awards ceremony, and also won Environment and Conservation volunteer of the year. Well done and thank you to all Changeworks volunteers.

We are also delighted to announce that we have gained funding for a new Waste Wise Volunteer project and are currently recruiting new volunteers keen to help us deliver the waste prevention message to the students of Edinburgh, Midlothian and West Lothian and the residents of Pilton.

Find out about Changeworks’ volunteering opportunities on our website or get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

The annual awards ceremony is organised by Volunteer Centre Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Compact Partnership.