Limavady youth achieve top volunteer award

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Local Charity LCDI accompanied young volunteers up to the Millennium Forum to celebrate their fantastic achievement over the last year.

Chair of the Northern Ireland Education Committee, Mervyn Storey addressed attendees and presented certificates at the Millennium Volunteers Awards of Excellence Ceremony held earlier this week.

Ten local volunteers from the Limavady Borough achieved the Millennium Volunteers top award for voluntary work. Working to support voluntary and community organisations, they clocked up a very impressive 2000 hours of volunteering between them in the last year!

Millennium Volunteers (MV) was launched in 1999 as part of a UK-wide initiative, designed to promote and recognise sustained volunteer commitment among young people aged 14 – 25. Recognition comes through the presentation of 50, 100 and 200 hour certificates.

Limavady Volunteer Centre is a Delivery Partner for the programme and is very keen to help young people into volunteering. Centre Manager, Mary McNickle said that “these young people represent all that is good about volunteering in that their activity supports the individual, the placement organisation and the local community”. “At a time”, she said, “when young people often get a bad press, these volunteers are a credit to their schools, their families and indeed to the Borough”.

Centre Assistant, Julie Connolly who accompanied the volunteers said, “Volunteering enables you to give something back to your community, creates a new circle of friends and provides personal development and training opportunities. It is also great for your CV, application and UCAS forms and can help determine your career path. Most importantly though, it’s fun!”

If you are a young person who would like to begin volunteering, join the Millennium Volunteer Award scheme or an organisation in need of volunteers, please call into Limavady Volunteer Centre at LCDI, call us on 777 65438 or visit our website www.limavadyvb.com