Dromintee volunteer ‘a shining example for young people’

September 15, 2014

At this time of year, many young people are deciding on what career path to take and how to gain some valuable experience.  Volunteering for Southern Area Hospice Services is a fantastic way to get involved and familiarise yourself with a variety of services offered by this exceptional organisation.

Southern Area Hospice Services (SAHS) is always looking to recruit new volunteers in Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Lurgan and Banbridge.  Southern Area Hospice Volunteers contribute enormously to the range of services offered to patients and their families and play an integral role in delivering services across the Southern Health Board region.

One such young volunteer is Cormac Begley, a student from Dromintee who decided to gain some experience before commencing his university studies and therefore signed up to volunteer at SAHS.  Cormac describes his role as a volunteer.

“I started volunteering to gain experience within a clinical setting as I hope to study psychology at university and undergo further training as a clinical psychologist. It’s also a great opportunity to give back to the community from which I’ve drawn so much”.

“I assist on the wards Wednesday evenings fortnightly, visiting the patients and getting them tea, coffee, toast or whatever they’d like. I also help raise money at various fundraisers throughout the year”.

“I would have to say my favourite part of volunteering is simply helping other people, and seeing how much of a difference it made to them. Whether it was having a chat with a patient or raising a few extra quid, you could tell that the work really was helping people who needed it. The practitioners, staff and everyone who helps out at the hospice in their many different ways were so friendly and helpful, it is a pleasure volunteering there”.

“Volunteering has given me the experience I hoped for when I initially signed up, but more than that it has really opened my eyes to the meaning of dignity in caring”.

“Seeing the devotion and effort put in by each and every person involved in the hospice was inspiring, and has given me first-hand experience into palliative care. My memories of volunteering at the hospice are ones I won’t soon, or ever, forget and I urge more young people to get involved with such an amazing charity”.

There are many options available to become a volunteer in the areas of reception duties, help with fundraising events, driving patients to our Day-Care, join our lottery and much more.  If you or a friend are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Southern Area Hospice Services on 028 302 67711 or visit our website at