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Concern’s volunteer awards

It’s National Volunteering Week from 13 to 19 May and to celebrate and acknowledge our great volunteers, Concern Worldwide has launched the Concern Volunteer Awards Scheme.

Thanks to all

We are lucky to have hundreds of volunteers across Ireland, north and south, who judge our schools debates competition, organise fundraising events, help out in our office and at events and campaign for a better world. We couldn’t run many of our activities without their assistance and we value their support highly. So from those of you who signed an online petition, to those of you who volunteer weekly in the office – a huge thank you from all at Concern!

Awards scheme

This year is the first year of our Concern Volunteer Awards Scheme. We hope it will go from strength to strength. The judging panel had a difficult job whittling down the entries and of course there were many wonderful volunteers who will not get an award. But there’s always next year!  

Our winners

There are four categories in the scheme and this year’s winners are:

Special award: Kay Nolan (Dublin)

Kay Nolan volunteers her time in our office two days a week in our donor care section.  As well as her regular administrative duties, Kay continues to take the transition year students and other volunteers under her wing, teaching and explaining to them what they need to do, telling them about Concern and helping make them feel welcome.



Fundraising Category: Newcastle Concern Group (County Down)

The Newcastle group started in 1992 in response to the famine in Somalia. They set up a charity shop as a temporary fundraiser, which was so popular and successful that it eventually became permanent and now 20 years on they have reached the incredible milestone of £1million in funds raised for Concern. There are 24 full-time and 26 part-time volunteers and all are passionate about promoting our campaigns and activities.

Active Citizen Category: John Skeates (County Cork)

John is a long-time volunteer with the Concern Debates. He is a consistent and flexible volunteer who has often helped out at short notice and had to travel long distances to debates. He takes up both chief and assistant adjudicator roles, giving detailed and constructive feedback to teams and encouraging new volunteers.

Youth category: Lagan College (County Antrim)

The students in Lagan College have opted to raise funds for our schools programme in Sierra Leone where we aim to build 96 primary schools in the Tonkolili District by the end of 2014. The students organised fundraising activities such as car washes, carol singing, fasting and football tournaments. The events culminated with a huge fashion show this year that also involved the school’s parent teacher association.

Congratulations to all the winners, who will be presented with their awards over the coming weeks at various local events.