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