Newry awards success for volunteers
470 young people from the across Northern Ireland have received their Millennium Volunteers Award of Excellence from Mervyn Storey MLA, Chair of the Northern Ireland Education Committee, at a celebration organised by Volunteer Now and held at the iconic Titanic Belfast.
The Awards recognise the sustained volunteering commitment given by young people through the Millennium Volunteers Programme.
Each young person has given at least 200 hours of their own time, skills and enthusiasm to help individuals or organisations in their community and with more than 1,5000 receiving this award over the past year they have collectively undertaken over 300,000 hours of volunteering within their own communtites.
Speaking at the event Councillor Storey said, “I welcome the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of this year’s volunteers and hear their experiences and achievements.
“Giving up to 200 hours to be a Millennium Volunteer is a significant commitment and I am always impressed that these young people from across Northern Ireland give up their time to help others.”
Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said, “The Millennium Volunteers programme continues to grow and offers young people the opportunity to gain skills, build confidence and to get involved in new experiences.
“For many employers and education providers it is the young person’s ability to prove sustained commitment, dedication and a willingness to give of their own time and energy without financial gain which is the attraction.
“We hear story after story of young people who have gained their dream job or university place as a result of their volunteering experience,” Wendy added.
To find out more about Millennium Volunteers and the wide range of volunteering opportunities available in your area go to www.volunteernow.co.uk
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