New Horizons Fermanagh are celebrating after smashing their target of volunteering 1000 hours in the local community – by clocking up an extra 300 hours. The ambitious target was set as part of the Fermanagh-based service’s 25th anniversary commemorations.
Clients made a massive contribution to the local community through a variety of placements, from befriending people with disabilities and caring for animals, to building a dirt bike track, upcycling old furniture, working in charity shops and packing food hampers for those in need over Christmas.
The challenge provided clients with the opportunity to tap in to the Five Ways to Wellbeing, with individual placements allowing them to ‘stay connected, be active, take notice, learn new skills and give back’. It also gave clients a shared sense of achievement by surpassing their volunteering goal by 300 hours. Joined by Raymond Farrell, one of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Mental Health Champions, and Lynn Johnston from Volunteer Now, 36 clients celebrated 1300 hours volunteering across 23 different organisations.