Urgent appeal for new board members

An organisation behind the delivery of a number of life changing initiatives including Macmillan Welfare Rights and Good Morning North West say they are concerned about the future of services and have issued an urgent appeal for new board members.

Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly has thrown his weight behind the appeal by the Galliagh Community Development Group (GCDG), who say that for their work to continue in line with upcoming new charity legislation they need the help of local people.

Kevin McCorkell, manager of the Macmillan Cancer Welfare Support, operated by GCDG said: “Last year, we helped people dealing with a cancer diagnosis to claim over £3m in benefits, that’s real money and that without our advice, they would never have been able to avail of.

“We expect that figure to increase this year and to get bigger year on year with our client base increasing with the opening of the new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin. People in the city need this service and we hope with that in mind, people who can help out on the board will come forward.”

GCDG also operate Good Morning North West, who have provided more than a million phone calls offering advice and assistance to local elderly and vulnerable people who live on their own.

The Bright Futures public consultation will take place on Tuesday, October 22 at Studio 2, Skeoge Industrial Estate and all are welcome. Contact 02871 158370 and see Sunday’s Journal for more on the group’s work.