A Praxis Care Volunteer Thank you event was held in the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown on Thursday 1/6/17 June to recognise the contribution and commitment of the Befriending volunteers in conjunction with Volunteer Week which runs from 01-07 June.
Praxis Care Volunteers from across Northern Ireland enjoyed a meal and time together sharing their experiences and highlights of their volunteering over the last year. Gene Fitzpatrick also attended the event providing plenty of laughs and entertainment for volunteers, service users and staff.
Six volunteers from Praxis Care Foyle Befriending were awarded with long service awards for their commitment to volunteering with Praxis Care: Irene McCandless and Susan Hansen both received their award for 20 years of voluntary service; Fiona Magill accepted her 15 year award, and three others: Geraldine Brown, Geraldine Wilson and Aine McCann received their 10 year awards.
The theme of the evening was “Thrive to Survive” an adaption from the Mental Health Foundation Awareness Week theme “Surviving or Thriving? Thrive to Survive using HSC 5 steps to wellbeing – GIVE, BE ACTIVE, CONNECT, KEEP LEARNING & TAKE NOTICE.
Our Praxis Care Befriending 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. Other volunteers are involved in helping with scheme activities, events and fundraising for the charity.
Praxis Care relies on the support of volunteers to keep the Befriending Service going. If you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities in your local area please get in touch with Foyle Befriending Co-ordinator, Clare McGlinchey:
Tel: (028) 7136-1728/7130-8020; Email: BefriendingDerry@praxiscare.org.uk
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