Posted 12:00AM on Friday 02 June 2017
When Lucy became a volunteer with our Lisburn Families Service, she was following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Bruce, who had been volunteering with us for five years.
Her life–changing efforts included supporting two young girls to go to the gym together. The girls wanted to build up their independence and self–confidence away from their families, as well as developing their friendship. Without Lucy’s weekly support, it might not have happened.
In the two years she volunteered before taking up nursing studies in Scotland, Lucy also helped out with a range of after school activities. She was always willing to step in at the last moment if we were short of volunteers.
Lucy’s nomination as Volunteer of the Year in the Lisburn Family Support Service is a reflection of her dedication, her interaction with staff and fellow volunteers, and her willingness to go the “extra mile.”
She said: “Positive Futures has helped me in many ways. It has boosted my confidence and self–esteem, which played a big role when I was applying for university.
“That’s one of the great things about volunteering. It benefits not just the children but the volunteers too. I can see the impact it has on all of the young people we support, and it’s great to see them develop physically as well as having fun and learning.”