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Bill Morrow

09 January 2017

Bill Morrow is a long term outstanding and committed volunteer who dedicates much of his free time to help others who are socially isolated, he has been recognised for a British Empire Medal on the Northern Ireland New Year Honours list.

Bill has been volunteering with Volunteer Now (formerly VSB) since 1990. During this time his various roles have involved:bill

·Voluntary driving

·Befriending

·A home security/safety project for older isolated and vulnerable people in Belfast

·Pro-active in establishing Northern Irelands first and only Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) which is still in existence

·Bill participates in many volunteer event and campaigns and is a wonderful advocate for older persons volunteering

·Bill (until recently) participated in annual residential trips for older people as a volunteer helper

Bill Morrow is an exceptional individual who has spent the majority of his life involved in volunteering. As a teenager he joined the Scout movement and has remained involved with them over the past 70 years. Since retiring in 1990, Bill has given thousands of volunteering hours to a variety of volunteering activities which have had a huge impact on many individuals and the local community. Through his commitment of time he has improved the lives of many in particular those seniors who are socially isolated, those with disabilities and people who feel unsecure in their own homes (by running a home security programme which involved the fitting of locks and smoke alarms) for people who were not capable of undertaking this work themselves. This volunteer project was in operation for approximately 15 years until funding was withdrawn, during this time – the Home Security Volunteer Team were recipients of the Queens Jubilee Award. He has also been invited to St James’ Palace to meet Prince Charles and receive the Queens Diamond Jubilee Pin in recognition of his volunteering. Although never wishing to be in the limelight - Bill has been profiled in the local press and radio highlighting his numerous volunteering activities.

Bill is an amazing man who defies the advancing years and is always willing to undertake any requested task. At all times he remains optimistic, funny and endearing. His patience and friendly disposition with the many clients he helps is outstanding, he brings much happiness to these folk who (in most cases) live alone and rarely see others.