Sinead and Lawrence win Shining Light Awards

Wednesday 20 June 2018

On June 8th Cedar staff member Sinead McGrath and Cedar volunteer Lawrence McCullough were joint overall winners in their category at the ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards in Newry. Well done to both for working with people with disability to make sure they are empowered to be as independent as possible.

Lawrence supports our Inclusion Works service in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area. He supports us to deliver rehabilitation groups which deliver sessions on management of Brain Injury and its effects post-injury. As a result of his input many people have been supported to complete their group sessions  and have been supported to develop many skills, which increased their potential for social engagement & training/employment. Lawrence has also supported service users with independent travel training which has made a huge difference to their lives and overall health & wellbeing. Often drawing on his own his personal experiences, Lawrence has encourages the service users by outlining strategies he has used to manage the effects of his brain injury. He has also offered support to people who are going through assessment for benefits and challenges dealing with the many professionals now involved in their lives.

Sinead received her award for her volunteering work with Arbour House, where she has volunteered since 2005. Arbour House is a voluntary project providing weekend and summer respite to adults with a learning disability in Warrenpoint.  Sinead is a member of the 'Core' group who ensure the house is always well staffed and managed while on duty, she is also assistant manager.  This role requires extensive hours on top of her current full-time role with Cedar’s Inclusion Works service. Sinead’s role within Cedar involves working closely with SHSCT Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team.  Sinead works closely with the ABIRT practitioners to deliver programmes which support Person Centred Rehabilitation outcomes for people with a brain injury based on clearly defined goals.  In both of her roles not only does Sinead make a difference to the lives of those people she is supporting, she also makes a difference to family members and the wider community - both enabling family members to have some time to complete activities for themselves and also by way of ensuring many local community groups, activities and venues are supported by increased attendance.

The Inclusion Works programme is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020, the Department for the Economy and all five local Health and Social Care Trusts.  It is available to those 16+ who have a physical 

or sensory disability, brain injury, diagnosis of ASD or a long-term health condition.  When people leave our service they move on to paid work, volunteering, further/higher education, training programmes and community activities in their local area.

To find out more about the employment opportunities within Cedar or to discover information about Cedar please visit our jobs page and our volunteer section

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