Bray woman celebrates 42 years volunteering in Citizens Information

Pat O’ Donnell, Paula Byrne, Mary Whitney and Ann Conan, Martina Cronin (Development Manager), Mairead Scanlan and Eamonn Burgess (Chairperson).

A presentation by the Chairperson of Co. Wicklow Citizens Information Service, Eamonn Burgess, was made to local woman, Mairead Scanlon to thank her for 42 years of dedicated volunteering service in Bray Citizens Information Centre (CIC).

Mairead was a founding member of the Most Holy Redeemer Information Service, the brainchild of Fr. Paddy Lyons who realised people would benefit from getting information and help in a confidential way. That service is now part of Co. Wicklow Citizens Information Service, with superb facilities way beyond the aspirations of the Management Committee in 1972 yet still providing one of Fr. Paddy’s hopes to help people and families in crisis.

“A volunteer information provider gives information and advice on civil and social rights and entitlements, fills out forms, writes letters and makes telephone calls for the client. Volunteering is very rewarding, a big commitment and it is satisfying to help people and families in your community” Mairead said. “I made lots of friends and enjoyed working with like-minded people whose aim is to make some contribution in such stark times” she continued.

She went on to say that Bray CIC provides a “wonderful service” and she thanked her fellow volunteer information providers and Development Manager for all of their support over the last 42 years and commented how everyone was a pleasure to work with.   Mairead congratulated the centre for recently achieving the Goldstar Quality Assurance standard and she was pleased to have played her part in this great recognition of providing a high quality service.

Bray CIC provides free and confidential information and advice on topics such as Housing, Social Welfare, Employment Rights, Health Matters, Immigration, Consumer Issues and many more.  There is no need to make an appointment.  The office is located at 3/4 The Boulevard, Quinsboro Road, Bray and the opening hours are Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm and Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm. For more information logon to www.citizensinformation.ie

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