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Praise for Down High Pupils

Posted 02:40PM on Thursday 05 May 2016

Pupils at Down High School have been learning about the work of leading learning disability charity, Positive Futures, and opportunities for volunteering – after presenting a £400 donation. 

Agnes Lunny, Chief Executive of Positive Futures, outlined how students could meet new people, build friendships, train and learn new skills, gain experience, develop confidence, enhance their CVs and make a real difference to someone’s life by giving up a little of their time to volunteer.

Positive Futures works across Northern Ireland to support people with a learning disability, acquired brain injury or autistic spectrum condition. Where others see problems, Positive Futures sees possibilities.

The support provided by Positive Futures is individually tailored so that it enables people to have as much choice and control as possible over the lives they lead.

The charity offers a number of volunteering opportunities ranging from supporting individuals to take part in social and leisure activities to mentoring young people or engaging in administrative activities.

Volunteers are people aged 16+, who are caring, friendly, responsible and have patience and understanding.

The staff and pupils at Down High School recently held an event raising £400 for the charity’s work. The pupils chose to direct their donation to the Better Together project which brings together young adults with a learning disability and other adults to pursue shared interests in mentoring relationships. Each participant is matched with a mentor who supports the young person for one to two years. During this time, the person being supported will gain confidence and attain goals that might otherwise have proved impossible. This project changes lives one at a time and has lasting results.

Agnes Lunny said: “I was delighted to be able to spend time with the pupils and would like to thank the school for their very generous donation. I was very impressed with the students and have no doubt of the very positive contribution that they will make as future leaders in our society.”

If you are interested in volunteering with Positive Futures, contact Ruth Mormecha on 028 9260 6740 or fill in this form and someone will get in touch with you.

In the photo: Reanna Rooney and Kirsty Galway (both year 13 pupils) presenting a cheque for £400 to Agnes Lunny.