Local man wins volunteering award


Banbridge man Malcolm Mclean has received national recognition for his remarkable volunteering efforts on behalf of the largest civilian occupational charity in the UK – The Charity for Civil Servants.

Malcolm, who is retired from HM Revenue and Customs, was awarded a Certificate of Achievement Award for his exceptional commitment to the Charity over the past five years.

He is a skilled Help and Advisory Volunteer for the Charity, undertaking home visits to gather information from clients as well as holding advice sessions in Civil Service workplaces to give on the spot advice to Civil Service staff.

The Charity for Civil Servants helps people who work or have worked in the Civil Service - and their families - by offering information, practical support and advice during their working lives and in retirement.

In 2014 over 10,000 people in need were supported with advice, referral or financial assistance.

The Charity relies on the support of current or former civil servants volunteering, fundraising or donating for it to carry out its work.

There are currently over 750 people – a mix of current and former civil servants across the UK - who volunteer or fundraise on behalf of the Charity.

Graham Hooper, Chief Executive of the Charity said: “We’ve received some exceptional nominations for our Volunteer Awards this year.

“For the people we help, this charity can be a crucial lifeline.

“Without the efforts of our volunteers and fundraisers we wouldn’t be able to support them in the ways we do.

“These awards are very well deserved,” he added.