Southern Trust hosts volunteer celebration event

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
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A special event was held recently at Craigavon Civic Centre to say ‘Thank You’ and to celebrate and recognise volunteering within Southern Trust facilities both in community and acute settings.


Speaking at the event, Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chairperson thanked those in attendance and said, “This is a great time to stop, take stock and publicly thank our volunteers for their time and commitment. It is our chance to celebrate and recognise volunteers throughout the Southern Trust.”


Trust Volunteer co-ordinators Gerardette McVeigh and Kate Johnston said, “The Trust greatly values the support of our volunteers and we recognise their hard work and commitment. The value of volunteers in the Trust is in the special qualities that they bring which complement the work of our paid staff to provide a more satisfying experience for our service users.”


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“The National Theme for Volunteers’ Week 2017 is – You Make a Difference. Volunteers within the Southern Trust make a significant difference in supporting the needs of patients, visitors and the wider public within our communities and facilities to live healthier, independent lives.”


During the event, those volunteers who reached a milestone such as 5, 10, 15 or 20 years’ service were presented with a gift and certificate, whilst younger volunteers, aged between 16 and 24, were presented with their Millennium Award Certificate for 50 or 100 hours of volunteering service by Mrs Denise Hayward from Volunteer Now.


Entertainment included music from the Trust’s Arts Choir, Irish Dancing from the Lawrenson- Toal Academy and Instrumental pieces from Students from Portadown College.


In addition, the event gave three volunteers, a key worker and a service user within the Trust the opportunity to share their experiences of volunteering and how, from their perspective, it has enhanced their experiences within the Trust.


Gerard Rocks, Acting Assistant Director of Promoting Wellbeing paid tribute to all the volunteers within the Trust, “The Southern Trust could not operate without volunteers. They are the local heroes that help us provide a vital service in the Trust.


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“I want to publicly thank all our volunteers for their dedication and continued hard work and also thank our Volunteer Co-ordinators for their help and support in making the Volunteer Service in the Southern Trust so successful.”


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