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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



30 years of Lisburn Voluntary Laundry Service

Volunteers at the celebration dinner in Lisburn Golf Club.

Volunteers at the celebration dinner in Lisburn Golf Club.

THE Lisburn Voluntary Laundry Service, which has been in existence since 1978, has just held a celebration dinner at Lisburn Golf Club to mark its 30th anniversary.

A dedicated team of local volunteers provides a community laundry service to a wide spectrum of clients with illness and disability. The service is invaluable to supporting families caring for relatives, especially in stressful situations of terminal illness and dementia.

The volunteers deliver fresh laundry and collect soiled laundry 52 weeks per year and generally provide a service for 35-40 clients every week.

There is also a befriending role for the volunteers and they make a point of visiting bereaved families for many weeks following a client's death.

They can also fulfil a monitoring role for vulnerable people, alerting GPs or health or social care staff if they notice any worsening in a client's condition.

The Voluntary Laundry Scheme is grant-aided through the South Eastern Health & Social Care. Trust. If you are interested in volunteering for this or any other area of health and social care, please contact Eva Gorman at 9756 3129 or at

Ulster Star