THE Education Authority’s Youth Service has recognised the contribution of over 270 volunteers at two celebration events at the Guildhall in Derry/Londonderry and Titanic, Belfast.
Amongst those being honoured was Kerry Lynn of Waveney Youth Club in Ballymena.
Celebrating volunteering excellence, the Volunteer Recognition and Celebration events also recognised the contribution of over 20,000 volunteers who support the delivery of Youth Work across Northern Ireland.
The events held during Volunteering Week, acknowledged 270 volunteers nominated by Uniform, Youth Work Alliance and Regional Voluntary Sector, for their outstanding contribution to youth work and the lives of children and young people.
Arlene Kee, EA Assistant Director of Youth Services said: “EA recognises the vital contribution volunteers make in supporting the delivery of our youth service. These events help to showcase and celebrate the contribution made by our volunteers as without them we wouldn’t be able to deliver on our commitments to children and young people.
“Volunteering is a very rewarding experience and provides an opportunity for volunteers and staff to build on their skills or pursue a professional career in youth work.”
Representatives from Volunteer Now, NICVA and Department of Education were also in attendance.
If anyone is interested in youth work volunteering or would like to find out more information contact; Narene Skeffington (Senior Youth Officer – Training) or email Narene.Skeffington@eani.org.uk or telephone (028) 9056 6430.