Minister Joe O’Brien Thanks Community Groups, National Organisations and Volunteers in Balbriggan

September 25, 2020 0

National Volunteering Week took place last week and it is the annual week where we celebrate all things volunteering. This year the week had a dual focus – thanking volunteers and organisations for everything they have done this year and encouraging them to focus on your own health and well-being.

Recognising the immense contribution that volunteers make in our communities across Fingal, Minister of State for Community Development and Charities and Fingal TD; Joe O’Brien said,

Minister Joe O'Brien

Minister Joe O’Brien

In many respects volunteers are the lifeblood, the heartbeat of our communities in Balbriggan. I want to give a particular thanks to our volunteers for all the work they have done, especially over the last six months, since Covid_19 took over our lives in so many ways. From delivering shopping, making face masks or phoning those in isolation for a simple chat – volunteers made sure no-one was left behind.
So I am asking volunteers for something over the next few weeks and that is to give yourself some time, some space and to do something nice for themselves because they have really earned it.
As well as this, anyone out there who knows someone who has volunteered, or volunteers regularly in their community, take the time to stop them and thank them for their efforts. And I want to take this opportunity to personally thank our volunteers for all of their efforts, they are truly appreciated.

As part of National Volunteer Week a collection of stories were showcased. Entitled “How Irish Communities Stepped Up To The Mark: Stories Of Irish Volunteering During COVID-19” the collection of stories showcased the impact of volunteering on all corners of society in recent months.

Partnering with Healthy Ireland, National Volunteer week also saw a host of free wellness events for volunteers across the country to thank them for their efforts. Fingal Volunteer Group hosted a virtual coffee morning on Wednesday during which volunteers from across the county came together to chat and share their stories and experiences volunteering.