This month veteran Bethany volunteer Cath was recognised at the Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteer Awards, for her outstanding volunteering with Bethany Christian Trust.

Cath was presented with an Inspiring Volunteer Award by Frank Ross, the Rt. Hon Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh at the award ceremony in the City Chambers. The Edinburgh Inspiring Volunteer Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing contribution made to the city by volunteers.

Cath has volunteered with Bethany for at least 15 years, and has been a key part of our Mens Group, and a dedicated Passing the Baton befriender as well as supporting our CSD East and Inspiring Leith services.  

During lockdown Cath remained a constant support to the Mens Group, regularly phoning members to help them feel connected. Asked about their experience of the support over lockdown, some of the members said;

“The phone calls were great Cath deserves a medal”

“Other organisations contacted me but I did not know them well enough so difficult to talk…it was good to talk to Cath”

“I could feel Cath smiling down the phone”

Cath and members of the Mens Group celebrating her award

The staff team at Bethany have also been greatly encouraged and supported by Cath. She has always gone above and beyond to serve others and brings a kind and reassuring presence wherever she goes.

Colin our Inspiring Leith Coordinator had this to say;

“Cath has a dedication to the people we serve that goes beyond the usual remit of a volunteer. Over my time at Bethany I have worked with many good volunteers but Cath stands out as someone who embodies the values of ‘Love, Serve and Value’.

Her care and concern for the people we work with is evident from her relational approach which sees her coming alongside people in a gentle way, putting people at ease and reassuring them. Cath always provides a listening ear and is excellent at understanding people’s situation. She is pragmatic and logical in her approach to helping people achieve their goals. I first met her at our men’s group where she catered for 50 men every week, when the format of the group changed she coached men to cook alongside her and several men gained great confidence from working with her. One of those men now cooks for another organisation. He wouldn’t have made that step without Cath.”

We are so thankful for Cath and for her many years of dedicated service. We are delighted her contribution has been honoured in this way; congratulations Cath!