Watch: Health Minister commends staff at InVOLve House in Magherafelt

Health Minister Jim Wells saw firsthand the work being carried out at InVOLve House Volunteer Centre.

The Minister met with staff, volunteers and service users.

He said: “I am pleased to visit InVOLve House to see and hear about the very valuable work that is carried out by Cookstown and Magherfelt Volunteer Centre, in helping the disadvantaged and disabled of our society, and the Base ‘Drop-In’ Centre, in providing support to those with learning disabilities - which is very much at the forefront of developing and improving services in this area.

Health minister Jim Wells, pictured on a visit to Involve House in Magherafelt, with (from left) Ian McCrea MLA, Magherafelt councillor Anne Forde, George Shiels, chairman of the Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre, Jack Keightley, chairman of the Magherafelt Market Trustees and Michelle McKeown, manageress Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre. INMM03-310.

Health minister Jim Wells, pictured on a visit to Involve House in Magherafelt, with (from left) Ian McCrea MLA, Magherafelt councillor Anne Forde, George Shiels, chairman of the Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre, Jack Keightley, chairman of the Magherafelt Market Trustees and Michelle McKeown, manageress Cookstown and Magherafelt Volunteer Centre. INMM03-310.

“InVOLve House is an excellent example of voluntary and statutory sectors working together, with the full involvement and active participation of service users. This facility is right in the centre of the community and provides a lifeline to many with the services it provides.

“I commend the staff for their work and also acknowledge the dedication of volunteers who provide their services and their skills freely and without fail. I know their efforts are not in vain and that the ongoing work in this area opens a greater range of opportunities for clients and greatly enhances their lives.”