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Praxis Care says ‘Thank You’ to volunteers

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A Volunteer Thank you event was held in the Glenavon House Hotel in Cookstown to celebrate the involvement of volunteers with the work of Praxis Care on the 28th May 2015.

Volunteers from across Northern Ireland enjoyed a meal and time together sharing their experiences and highlights of their volunteering over the last year.  Neil Dougan also attended the event providing plenty of laughs and entertainment for volunteers, service users and staff.

Fifteen volunteers were awarded with long service awards for their commitment to volunteering with Praxis Care.  Three volunteers received awards recognising 25 years of voluntary service – what an achievement.  In total awards were presented for 225 years of service to Praxis Care by volunteers.

The volunteers who received awards were:

5yrs

Monica Wilson

Foyle Cookie Company

Bertie Murray

Antrim

10yr

Brenda McIlroy

Foyle Rockmills

Angela Olphert

Foyle Rockmills

Deirdre Armstrong

Antrim

Irene Lawlor

Antrim

15yr

Carol Hamilton

Portadown

Monica Harrigan

Foyle Rockmills

Lesley Finlay

Foyle Cookie Company

Andrea McClintock

Foyle Cookie Company

20yr

Helen McDaid

Foyle Rockmills

Oliver Shanks

Praxis Care Board

25yr

Isabelle Strugnell

Belfast

Anne Vance

Praxis Care Board and Belfast Befriending

Angela Coogan

Antrim

Many of our volunteers are involved in Befriending individuals who feel socially isolated or lonely in their community as a result of their mental ill health or learning disability.  As part of the Together For You Project Praxis Care have been able to increase the number of Befriending matches with thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

Other volunteers are involved in helping with scheme activities, events and fundraising for the charity.

Praxis Care relies on the support of volunteers, if you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities in your local area please get in touch with Catherine Little, Praxis Care Volunteer and Befriending Co-ordinator on 028 9072 7161 or email catherinelittle@praxiscare.org.uk

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