Volunteers celebrated at Edinburgh Awards

Last week two Waverley Care volunteers were among the individuals recognised at Edinburgh’s Inspiring Volunteering Achievement Awards.

The annual ceremony, now in its tenth year, honours volunteers who give their time, energy and commitment to organisations working in the city.

Waverley Care befrienders, Ian McWilliam and Sandra Martin were among those to receive Individual Achievement Awards, presented by the Rt. Hon Donald Wilson, Lord Provost of Edinburgh

Ian and Sandra have both been a regular presence in the lives of the people they befriend, offering support, friendship and compassion. We wanted to nominate them for their awards because of the dedication they’ve shown to supporting our work and we’re delighted that contribution has been recognised.

For many people, living with HIV or Hepatitis C can lead to loneliness or isolation. Out befriending service introduces service users to volunteers who they can spend time with, building confidence and self-esteem while making a new friend. It can involve anything from catching up for a regular chat over coffee to getting out and about to enjoy hobbies and interests.

We recently caught up with Sandra to find out more about her 24 years with Waverley Care. You can read her story here.

If you’re interested in befriending, you can also find out how to get involved here.

Photo credit: Paul Bennett/Volunteer Edinburgh