Borough’s businesses and organisations lend a helping hand for Volunteer Week

DAERA volunteers helping out at ECOS Nature Park's Orchard.

Volunteers from local businesses and organisations have been helping out in the borough as part of Volunteers’ Week.

The annual celebration happens every June and is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Volunteers from Danske Bank, NI Housing Executive, Hughes Insurance, PSNI, and Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) came out and helped rejuvenate green spaces across the borough including Ecos Nature Park and the Antrim Hills Way.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Maureen Morrow, said: “A huge congratulations and thanks to the hard working and dedicated volunteers from across the borough. Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, making a difference in diverse places.”

Volunteering is a great way to boost physical and mental health. As well as helping others, volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ well being. Volunteering can also help you gain valuable new skills, experiences and boost your confidence.

Rory O’Boyle, Head of NI Carrier Bag Levy Team, said: “In DAERA and through work within the Carrier Bag Levy Team we continue our commitment to making our beautiful country both cleaner and greener.

“Taking part in Volunteer Week with our environmental partners at Ecos, Business in the Community and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council was a real opportunity to see first-hand the work being done to enhance the NI environment.

“The volunteering day itself was an excellent opportunity for our team to work together in a different setting, enhance and build relationships and communication and it was a pleasure to support the community orchard maintenance.”

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities in the borough’s green spaces, contact E: for more info on how you can get involved.

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