East Belfast Mission, an Inner City Mission of The Methodist Church in Ireland, based on the Newtownards Road, has helped more than 10,000 vulnerable people from the inner East Belfast area to make positive changes in their lives over the last 6 years alone. The charity offers services which include Hosford Homelessness services, an Employability project which helps people back to work, an Irish Language project to connect a divided community and of course a thriving church community which offers community groups, counselling and pastoral care to those who need it.
The vital work carried out by the Mission is made possible by the 130 volunteers who help to provide support and services each and every day. From volunteering in the Mission’s social economy shops and café, to providing services such as counselling, meals on wheels and community groups to providing admin and reception support for the charity- volunteers are truly at the heart of East Belfast Mission.
East Belfast Mission are always blown away by the depth and breadth of commitment of each of their volunteers, which is why they are so proud to support the Eastside Awards category of the Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year, recognising the value and importance of volunteers all across the east Belfast community and beyond.
Andrew Irvine, CEO of EBM said: “This year East Belfast Mission were honoured and delighted that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, on the 65th Anniversary of her coronation, has granted East Belfast Mission the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
“At East Belfast Mission we are blessed with so many volunteers who are literally helping people to change their lives for the better every day and we could not be more grateful for them, this is why we are proud to sponsor the 2020 Eastside Award for Volunteer of the Year- recognising and celebrating the importance of Volunteers in our community”