Our Midlothian Visiting Service, its service manager and a support practitioner are all High Street Heroes.

Manager Nikki Sives, support practitioner Danielle Finland and the rest of the Midlothian Visiting service have received High Street Hero Awards.

The High Street Hero awards initiative, which is run by the Scotland Loves Local Campaign and managed by Scotland's Towns Partnership, recognises the people, businesses and local organisations that have gone above and beyond to support their communities during lockdown.

Support practitioner Jackie Lyons nominated Nikki while Nikki nominated her service.

Jackie said: “I nominated Nikki as she is a great manager.  She has gone above and beyond. She is so inspiring and I’m amazed at how she holds everything together. She is always asking and making sure I am ok, as well as the rest of the Midlothian team.

 “I really can't put into words how much I think she deserves this, I feel she really cares about every individual we support and the support she gives to her staff as well.”

Nikki said: “These awards were a great opportunity to recognise the amazing work my team have done. They are so resilient; they have put their own anxieties aside and ensured all the people we support remain safe and well. They have had to adapt their skills to the challenges of COVID, they've never complained; just go on with the job in hand. It’s lovely for the team just to get that small bit of recognition. I will need to go and buy the Herald as we are listed in it!!”

Congratulations to Nikki, Danielle and the team at Midlothian for winning the High Street Hero Awards. It is incredibly well deserved.