Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Community Planning Partnership are working together to celebrate Volunteers Week running from 1-7 June 2019. Volunteers’ Week is an annual UK wide campaign which recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. The theme for this year is ‘Time to Celebrate’ and local volunteer involving organisations will be recognising and thanking their many volunteers for all the hard work and commitment they offer.
Promoting volunteering and providing support for the wellbeing of volunteers is one of the key themes out lined in the Healthy Community Action Plan for Connected – the overarching Community Plan developed for the borough until 2030.
There are currently over a quarter of a million volunteers in Northern Ireland who all play a vital role; from volunteer drivers to sports coaches, hospital volunteers to those working in charity shops. Within the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council area we have an amazing 3,495 volunteers and Volunteers’ Week offers the opportunity to shine the spotlight on these local people and give them the recognition and thanks they deserve.
Dermot Mooney explains what his volunteering means to him: “I volunteer with Armagh Rural Transport. I decided to get involved because I saw a need for this service in a rural area and I’m involved as both a Board Member and as a volunteer driver. I enjoy the social aspect, the satisfaction of providing a much-needed service to the community and I believe volunteering is good for a person’s mental and physical health”
Martin volunteers with the Craigavon Child Contact Centre and says “ I love my role and would encourage others to get involved in volunteering. My favourite part of my placement is seeing the families move on and watching them re-build their relationships. I have benefited from gaining new skills, training, making new friends and building up my personal portfolio.”
Pamela is a volunteer with Craigavon Community Advice Centre; “I’ve always wanted to help others and a friend recommended calling with Craigavon and Banbridge Volunteer Bureau. They organised my placement and I go there twice a week where my role involves helping people fill out forms for benefit claims and reviews. I enjoy the fact that my volunteering is helping to free up the advisers to help more people!”
Jane Gribbin, Volunteer Now explains “Volunteer Now has a range of FREE merchandise to help with celebrations. Groups can access promotional banners, balloons and bunting as well as a downloadable resource pack. To order please contact or visit www.volunteernow.co.uk”
For further information on Volunteering opportunities across the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough please get in touch with Donna Stewart Manager of Banbridge and Craigavon Volunteers Bureau at or
To find out more about the local Community Planning Partnership and the work it is undertaking to implement a shared vision for the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, visit armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or follow #ConnectedABC on Twitter.