AWARE celebrates volunteers
AWARE marked Volunteers’ Week with a celebration event on Saturday 2 June at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. The event, which included a bus tour of Belfast, was organised as a thank you to the many dedicated AWARE volunteers who share their time to help the charity.
AWARE has over one hundred regular volunteers carrying out a number of crucial roles within the charity including facilitating support groups, assisting at events, fundraising volunteers, ambassadors and board members. Volunteers provide support to people affected by depression and bipolar disorder, spread awareness of available services, and help raise vital funds to allow AWARE to continue its work.
Tom McEneaney, Head of Business Development, AWARE said, “Volunteers continue to be of huge importance to AWARE in supporting people with the illness of depression, bipolar disorder and their carers and families. The continued support of our volunteers is essential to help us deliver our services regionally. Without their tireless commitment, it would be difficult to maintain this essential service to communities across Northern Ireland.
“We wish to acknowledge all the hard work of our volunteers and to thank them all for their continued support. The positive feedback we receive from the general public who use our services is down to the dedication of all our volunteers.”
Michael Mooney has been an AWARE support group facilitator for six years. Michael said, “I came to an AWARE support group myself and it really turned my life around. Now I’m a facilitator I can see people coming to the support group who are in a difficult place and within a couple of weeks or months I can see changes, I can see hope coming back.
“Everyone says it’s like a home from home. It has been inspiring over the last six years to see so many people completely change. Through my own experience you have to share what you’re feeling. You need to go and talk to people and you need to open up. That makes all the difference.”
Volunteers’ Week is celebrated from 1 to 7 June across the UK and is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the people who give their time free of charge to help others, and to thank them for the immense contribution they make.