North Down Community Network (NDCN) paid tribute to the tremendous effort and inspiring contribution that volunteers have made within North Down over the past year. At the NDCN annual celebration of volunteers event held in the Bangor Hub on Thursday 5th June 2015, manager Louise Little expressed her thanks to all the volunteers who continue to provide investment in our local communities through their hard work, energy and skills – all of whom give freely and without reimbursement. The event, which is part of Volunteer Week, provided a unique opportunity for networking between areas and hopefully shows the appreciation we have for all our volunteers who provides much needed services to the residents of North Down.
Presentations were made by Louise Little, NDCN Manager, to our nominated community champions: Ivan Scott, The Conservation Volunteers (far right above); Kirsty Reilly, Ivan Conroy (far left above), and Hughena Gregory from Action Mental Health New Horizons; Sarah McCourt, NDCN Volunteer; Judith Orr, Sharon Higgins, Curtis Mulholland, Darren Waddell, Dave Ennis, Lisa Leslie, Victoria McMahon, Gemma Quigley and Danielle Craig all volunteers with the DICE Youth Project (some of whom are pictured in the large first pic above); Robert Savage of Clandeboye Village Community Association (middle above); and a special recognition went to the Committee of the Clandeboye Village Community Association.
North Down Community Network would also like to thank all those who provided the food and cooking for the barbeque for the event: ASDA/Magee’s Butchers; Wesley Nelson, proprietor of Singing Kettle; and Jeff Rainey of Rainey’s chip shop.
Isobelle Hamilton, Chairperson of NDCN said, “Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to say a big thank you to all the volunteers working across North Down and the contribution they make in providing much needed services in the community. We can’t thank them enough for the success of so many sporting, cultural and community events/services that makes North Down a better place for everyone. I would encourage anyone thinking of volunteering in the future to get involved and enjoy the experience. Volunteering is a chance to learn new skills, meet new people and make a contribution to the success of our communities. They can contact us at North Down Community Network on 028 9146 1386 or call into our new Community Hub based in the Flagship Centre in Bangor.”