New Volunteer Coordinator for Leuchie

Leuchie House has created a new Volunteer Coordinator position to support and develop our essential volunteer operation.

The appointment has been made possible by grants from the Tyne Esk LEADER programme and The Barcaple Foundation. The two organisations provided funding to establish the new position and fund it for a first year.

Nicole Turner took up the new part-time post this week, bringing with her a wealth of experience of volunteering in East Lothian.

“I’m really looking forward to building a strong relationship with all of Leuchie’s volunteers,” she said. “They provide such a vital role at Leuchie House and are involved in so many aspects of what goes on here. A big part of my role is about giving them as much support as I can so that they can then support Leuchie. I’m also going to be very involved in trying to recruit new volunteers to work with us. There are loads of different volunteering opportunities and ways people can get involved, whatever their skills and however much time they have available. If anyone is thinking about volunteering, I’d love to hear from them to have a chat about what we can offer them and how they might get involved at Leuchie.”

Leuchie House currently has a team of over 80 volunteers, who range in age from 16 to over 70 and come from a wide range of backgrounds. It is estimated that the work the volunteers do saves Leuchie around £2,000 each month.

The volunteer team are involved in virtually every area of the charity’s activity. They assist guests at meal times, provide practical assistance in physiotherapy, accompany guests on trips, socialise with guests and their carers, help with administration, take part in fundraising, sit on Leuchie’s board of trustees and more. In 2016, the team were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour a group can be awarded in the UK.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering at Leuchie should contact Nicole on 01620 892864 or email her.