Volunteers recognised by Northern Trust

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A celebration event was held recently to recognise the good work carried out by volunteers at the Northern Trust.

Northern Trust staff are supported by unpaid volunteers in a number of services to enhance the care provided to patients, clients and residents.

The event, which coincided with National Volunteer Week (June 1-12), highlighted the contribution the volunteers make to the service.

It was attended by volunteers from across the Trust. They were joined by representatives from the Northern Trust Board, partner organsations including Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre, Causeway Volunteer Centre and Action Mental Health.

Councillor Thomas Hogg also attended to show his support to the volunteers from across the borough.

Tony Stevens, Chief Executive of the Northern Trust said: “The Northern Trust is committed to involving volunteers. We welcome and greatly appreciate the contribution volunteers make on a daily basis and recognise the purpose and value of their role in helping to provide the best care to our patients and clients. This event was a great opportunity to show our volunteers how much we appreciate all they do and I was delighted to get a chance to meet with them and hear about their volunteering journeys.”

Volunteers work in a wide number of areas across the Trust including the hospital meet and greet team, hospital radio, libraries, meal companions, providing activities in adult/day centres, helping in clinics and providing complementary therapies. The Northern Trust is currently recruiting new volunteers and a volunteer coordinator has been appointed to help with this.

Maire McCotter, volunteer coordinator for the Northern Trust added: “Our volunteers offer great help and support to staff and service users and I would like to thank them for all their hard work.”

“Volunteers can come from all kinds of backgrounds and be of all ages. There are so many varied roles across services that there is something suitable for everyone. All you need is to be happy to help and have free time to give.

“Volunteering would help you to meet new people, develop your skills, try something new and have fun at the same time. Research has also proven that volunteering can have a positive impact on physical and mental health and wellbeing. I would encourage anyone to give it a go!”

If you would like more information on volunteering in the Northern Trust contact Maire McCotter on 028 9446 5221 ext: 323450, mobile number 078 8125 5399 or email maire.mccotter@northerntrust.hscni.net.