Fermanagh and Omagh District Council recognises commitment of volunteers 

24th November 2023

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has recognised the commitment and dedication of Council volunteers at a special Volunteer Celebration event held recently.

The event, held at the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown, brought together people who support the work of the Council by volunteering across a range of areas helping to make a positive difference to local people and communities.

Speaking at the event, the Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, paid tribute to the volunteers. Councillor O’Reilly said:

“Volunteering is a selfless and dedicated act which allows other people to experience services in a friendly and positive environment. On behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I wish to thank you for your dedication, energy and commitment. I sincerely hope that your volunteering continues to be a happy and rewarding one.”

All those in attendance received a certificate of recognition for their positive contribution to local people and communities.

In addition, Councillor O’Reilly presented awards to a number of volunteers in recognition of their particular efforts.

Gerry Knight received the ‘Special Recognition’ Award for his dedication to the Council’s ‘Omagh Access Advisory Group’ which works to improve accessibility to Council services for people with disabilities.

Mark McLaughlin, on behalf of Seskinore Rural Community Group, was presented with the ‘Environmental Volunteers of the Year’ Award for the ongoing efforts of members of the group to keeping their local area clean and tidy through individual and group litter picks as part of the Council’s Litter Champion volunteering scheme.

Meet and Greet Volunteers from The Ardhowen, Enniskillen – Marie McKenna, Ita McManus, Peter Lyner and Phyllis Lyner – were presented with the ‘Wellbeing and Culture Volunteers of the Year’ Award for their ongoing commitment to enhancing the visitor experience at The Ardhowen.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council provides a range of volunteering opportunities in areas including events, exhibitions, litter champions, Access Advisory Group, and meet and greet at venues including the Marble Arch Caves and The Ardhowen, giving people the opportunity to try new things, meet new people and make a positive difference to local communities.

For further information on volunteering opportunities with the Council please contact Access Inclusion by telephoning Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or emailing volunteer@fermanaghomagh.com.