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John Mitchell

09 January 2017

For more than 23 years John has been a hard working and devoted Volunteer, due to all of his great work he has been recognised for a British Empire Medal on the Northern Ireland New Year Honours list.

johnJohn is an exceptional person who spends 7 hours per day a minimum of 5 days per week volunteering and helping others in the community.

John has been volunteering with Volunteer Now (formerly VSB) for the past 23 years.  He is an individual who has faced personal tragedy but who has risen above this to spend most of his time helping others. As a dedicated husband, father and grandfather he manages to volunteer a minimum of 5 days per week up to 7 hours per day for the past 23 years. He is someone who genuinely enjoys helping others and who is always willing to ‘lend a hand and get involved’. John is an inspiration to people of all ages with his enthusiasm and chat.

For the past 23 years his various volunteer roles have included:

·As part of a team - Volunteer gardening for older individuals living in the local community

·Decorating the homes of referred vulnerable people.

·Volunteering at major events such as World, Police and Fire Games 2013, Giro D’Italia 2014 and recently in 2015 the Irish Open, Gran Fondo and Tall Ships Belfast. 

·He volunteers regularly at a variety of volunteering events and is a wonderful ambassador for both Volunteer Now and volunteering in general.

·He is involved  each year as a volunteer showmaker over a 3 day period at the extremely busy Balmoral Show

·John regularly gets involved in volunteering campaigns such as (The BBC Digital Switchover campaign 2012) Christmas Connections, Giving Tuesday as well as the annual and exceptionally busy Volunteers Week NI.

·He continues (on a daily basis) to help out with administration tasks within Volunteer Now 

John is always happy to undertake any task asked of him. He is a ‘people person’ who loves getting involved.  He is always a great advocate for volunteering as a positive way of getting involved regardless of any presumed barriers (eg. mental health issues, disability or age) John is popular with people of all ages and makes everyone around him feel relaxed and comfortable in his company.     

He is also involved in his local bowling club in a variety of voluntary roles.