Volunteers bring immeasurable value to all areas of Inspire’s work to support people with mental health conditions, learning/intellectual disability and autism. Below are some of our inspiring volunteers stories.
My name is Sheila and I am currently volunteering as a support volunteer in the Drogheda Home Support Service in Co Louth.
As a volunteer I have met many wonderful people. I enjoy the company of the service users in the house and I love listening to their life stories. Some of the activates I do with the service users are playing games, going for walks, listening to music, watch dvds and cooking. Personally I have gained a lot from volunteering in this service and I hope I give some little thing back. Thanks to everyone involved for making it a great experience for me.
My Name is Alan and I volunteer in the Cuan Mhic Giolla Bhríde Service in Faughart, Co Louth which is a residential service with three Service Users. I am a support volunteer assisting Services Users with everyday activates such as shopping, cooking and social past times. I have also been involved with creating daily meal plans for Service Users and Michelle the Manager in Faughart has discovered my secret talent for decorating! I am currently using these skills to paint and decorate some of the rooms within the service and I have recently reorganised and renovated the garden shed.
Volunteering has given me is an opportunity to give back to the community, I very much look forward to the days that I am volunteering in Faughart and I feel that my time and skills are valued and appreciated. It is also very encouraging to see how small efforts we make as volunteers make such a big difference to Service Users lives. My advice to anyone thinking of volunteering - Don’t worry about the time commitment, just offer what you can, it’s worth it!