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Praxis Care says ‘Thank You’ to volunteers

11 Jun 2015

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, Comedian, 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 were presented with awards recognising 25 years of voluntary service.  In total awards were given out for 225 years service at the event – what an achievement.

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.  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. Many of the  Together For You Befriending volunteers were present at the event, Shauna Wood shared her experiences of Volunteer Befriending at the event.

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

More Information

Praxis Care is Northern Irelands largest care charity which offers support to vulnerable adults and children across Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and England.  Praxis Care aims to empower adults and children affected by mental ill health, learning disability or acquired brain injury to enjoy everyday living, irrespective of the complexity of their needs.  Praxis Care provides support to over 1500 service users each year.

Together For You is an innovative and exciting new project led by Action Mental Health (AMH) in partnership with Aware Defeat Depression, CAUSE, Cruse, MindWise, NEXUS NI, Praxis Care and Relate NI, which will deliver mental health and wellbeing services to a range of people across NI.

For more information on volunteering with Praxis Care or the Together For You Project contact Catherine Little at Praxis Care Central Office, 028 9072 7161 / catherinelittle@praxiscare.org.uk

 

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