With St. Brigid’s Day approaching, members of Bray Citizen’s Information Centre took the time to speak about their experiences serving their community.
St. Brigid, the ‘Mother Saint of Ireland’, is known both nationwide and globally for her patronage over Ireland, Kildare, learning, poets, and not least of all – healers.
And as St. Brigid’s Day approaches, it is important for us to listen to the healers in our community who go so far out of their way to help others in their times of need.
Members of the Citizen’s Information Centre in Bray have spoken about their choice of vocation and the successes and challenges that they have collected throughout their careers.
Let’s take the time not only to celebrate St. Brigid ahead of St. Brigid’s Day, but to also to celebrate the workers whose immense efforts sometimes go uncelebrated.
Julie – Information Officer, staff – originally from Clare, based in Bray “It is a privilege to work in an environment where I can use my natural caring abilities to help and support others, in particular the more vulnerable members of our community. While I use my knowledge and skills to assist clients, I also learn something from each of them, which in turn helps me to be better at my role. This makes the whole process seem very holistic. I get immense fulfillment from providing support in this way, which could never be achieved in a different industry, and I feel very grateful.“
Martina – Development Manager, South Leinster Citizen Information Service – originally from Kerry, based in Bray; “My inspiration for working in the community sector is that my values align to the culture of Citizens Information where we provide an emphatic, non-judgmental and caring information service for all of our clients whom we treat with courtesy, dignity and respect.
Claire – Director on the Board of South Leinster CIS & volunteer Information Provider – originally from Dublin, based in Bray: “I volunteer as an information provider as well as a director on the Board of the Citizens Information Service so I can appreciate how we focus on caring for the customer at every level. My motivation is the positive feedback I receive and knowing that we provide real help to our clients.”
Raluca – volunteer PR Coordinator, originally from Bucharest, based in Dublin “I have always been motivated to use my communications management know-how to help organisations that help communities and individuals have a wider outreach. Working with Bray CIC gives me a sense of belonging in Ireland and allows me to gain a better understanding of social services here.“
And while this has been an opportunity to celebrate the women who propel the Bray CIC forward, this was also a chance to get the male perspective, as one of the few men to work in a most female enviornment.
Ben, who volunteers at Bray CIC, added “I’ve always worked in information services of one kind or another where women usually outnumber men. So, that kind of work environment is very familiar to me. Yet, it’s probably fair to say that the more diverse a workforce you can achieve, the more rounded your service is likely to be. I enjoy what I do because it involves helping people assert their civic rights and fulfill their civic responsibilities in a very practical way – something which is essential to sustain our sense of community in fast-changing times.“