Kevin Doherty, a local resident of North Belfast, has been recognised for his work running a photography group for Together For You and MindWise.
During its annual volunteer awards ceremony at Belfast Castle, MindWise celebrated Kevin’s volunteering efforts at its Belfast Resource Centre.
Edward Gorringe, Chief Executive of MindWise, explained: “Today is about recognising how important volunteers like Kevin are”.
“In an environment of significant financial pressure on the voluntary sector, with flat or reducing funding levels, the work of people like Kevin ensures that we can reach as many people as possible”.
“We simply couldn’t offer as much without their time and dedication”.
Kevin began volunteering for MindWise in April 2015, as part of the Together For You project.
The project – which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and led by Action Mental Health – delivers mental health and well-being services to people across Northern Ireland.
Drawing on his background in photography, Kevin encourages MindWises’ service users to get involved in a group setting, teaching them new skills and giving them the opportunity to interact with each other.
While his group is based in the charity’s Resource Centre on Upper Queen Street, Kevin also organises trips around the city, allowing the group to take photos at markets, local parks, and seasonal events like the visit of the Tall Ships.
Mr Gorringe described the impact that Kevin’s efforts had made: “Kevin has made a massive contribution to the great services on offer at our Belfast Resource Centre”.
“His enthusiasm encourages our service users to join his photography group, and when they do take part, they love learning the new skills that he can teach them”.
“If people like Kevin didn’t give up their time to volunteer every week, those sort of opportunities simply wouldn’t exist”.
“He is a great ambassador for MindWise, and we’re very lucky to have him on board”.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities via Together For You, please visit here.
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