Barnardo’s celebrates local volunteers

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland presents certificates of recognition to Barnardo's volunteers from Newtownabbey Family Connections (left to right) Jane Kilpatrick, Rhonda Oliver, Maureen Milliken and Nicola Connor.  Pic by Michael Burch
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland presents certificates of recognition to Barnardo's volunteers from Newtownabbey Family Connections (left to right) Jane Kilpatrick, Rhonda Oliver, Maureen Milliken and Nicola Connor. Pic by Michael Burch

NEWTOWNABBEY volunteers Jane Kilpatrick, Rhonda Oliver, Maureen Milliken and Nicola Connor were three of 250 Barnardo’s volunteers honoured at a recent reception held at Parliament Buildings.

The event was held as part of Volunteers’ Week 2012 to recognise the dedication and commitment of Barnardo’s volunteers.

Jane, Rhonda, Maureen and Nicola all volunteer with Newtownabbey Family Connections which is based in four local schools, supporting families with parenting programmes, a crèche, Active Dads programme and after schools clubs.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland presented them with special certificates of recognition.

Lynda Wilson, Director of Barnardo’s NI said: “We are so proud of our volunteers and the work they do they are the backbone of our organisation. We have over 250 volunteers across 20 services who give up their time to support us in the work we do with children and families. Volunteers can take on a range of roles from befriending, to mentoring, to supporting young people with disabilities, supporting parent groups or reading to children in schools etc. Having dedicated volunteers helps us reach more children who are vulnerable and also helps us deliver quality services, which is what we all want for our children.”

Mr McCausland added: “These volunteers are an inspiration to us all. I commend Barnardo’s for recognising the wonderful contribution their volunteers make.

“Volunteering is an enriching experience with benefits for society and the volunteer. I would encourage more people to get involved in volunteering to support causes they are passionate about.”

To find out more about volunteering with Barnardo’s log on to www.barnardos.org.ok or ring Helen Connolly on Tel: 028 9067 2366.