Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It’s a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you. #VolunteersWeek
Gary Legge is a former AMH New Horizons North Down & Ards client, who recently completed his training and successfully progressed to volunteering at the Warehouse, Newtownards. Over time the Warehouse’s garden had become neglected and urgently needed some TLC. Emma-Jayne Begley, AMH New Horizons North Down & Ards Employment Officer arranged a visit for Gary to meet the staff at the Warehouse. The Warehouse is a charity which engages the community in many different ways including a busy foodbank, ‘Share & Wear’ Inititive and outreach support. Gary has previous garden experience and was enthusiastic to commence volunteering, even during lockdown when he helped in the foodbank preparing food hampers and distributing them to families affected by Covid-19. Gary said,
“I enjoy volunteering at the Warehouse and now have a sense a purpose, I’m making new friends and making a difference every day.”
Tracy McVea, Community Support Worker at the Warehouse said,
“We love having Gary as part of our team, he is doing everything from gardening to packing food hampers. He also leads a small team of gardeners for our gardening project. He has been a real asset to us and we value him very much.”
During Vounteer Week we would like acknowledge the support and commitment of all our volunteers in Action Mental Health, and send out a GREAT BIG THANK YOU!
Gary took part in the “Working It Out” project at AMH New Horizons. This project is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.