GOOD Morning Causeway marked their first birthday with a party held in West Bann Development Centre.
West Bann Development Manager, Eugene McFeely welcomed Coleraine Mayor, alderman Maurice Bradley, Community Safety Partnership Managers, volunteers, clients and members of the community to the centre and said how delighted he is at the way in which the service has grown.
Eugene thanked the Mayor and Council and the Community Safety Partnerships in Coleraine and Ballymoney for their continued support for the service.
Alderman Bradley wished the Good Morning Causeway service a happy birthday and many more of them, as he cut the superb birthday cake kindly gifted by Kathy Dickey, Angel Cake Bakery, Coleraine.
He reflected on the past year and on the benefits of the community and statutory links that the service has built up and thanked the volunteers for their dedication and commitment.
Mrs Lena Hinds spoke on behalf of the clients thanking Joann Dunseith and her team for the wonderful service. “I just love my daily calls and look forward to them. To all the volunteers at Good Morning Causeway may I thank you on behalf of everyone here, keep up the good work and wish you many more birthdays to come.”
Mrs Elizabeth Butcher, a volunteer with the service, also remarked on how much she enjoyed being a part of such a worthwhile service.
Joann Dunseith, Co-ordinator of Good Morning Causeway stated: “I have had the great honour and privilege to be with Good Moring Causeway from its beginning.
“From zero clients we have promoted the service and we are pleased to say we are supporting 50 clients one year on. This number is constantly growing as we receive new referrals regularly.
“We work closely in partnership with several of the statutory agencies and PSNI who refer potential clients to the service. We make different types of support calls from medication reminder calls and appointment reminder calls to calls designed to let the client know they are not alone.
“A client once said to me: ‘The greatest present a friend has ever given me was the introduction to the Good Morning service, it’s like a gift every day with the joy of someone to take time and talk to me.
Marie-Louise McClarey from Causeway Volunteer Centre added: “Good Morning Causeway is always on the lookout for volunteers to make calls to local people. Anyone interested in volunteering can call us at the Volunteer centre 028 7035 8285 and we will help you get registered.”
Referrals can be made by contacting Joann Dunseith co-ordinator on 028 7055 8005, or call at the Good Morning office at West Bann Development, 8 Killowen Court, Coleraine between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday.