Cookstown & Magherafelt
The Cookstown & Magherafelt Volunteer Centre was founded in June 2000 and is a registered charity limited by guarantee. A need was identified to provide other services such as community transport and a volunteer bureau. At first, it was perceived as a heading under the auspices of Mid Ulster Community Services, namely Out and About. However, further meetings resulted in the services of the Volunteer Bureau becoming a separate entity. An audit carried out previously had identified a need for a volunteering structure in both Cookstown & Magherafelt. Early support came from the Volunteer Development Agency, Cookstown District Partnership and Magherafelt Area Partnership.
- In 2007, the centre partnered with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to establish Drop-in centres which help adults with learning disabilities integrate into the community. The volunteer centre offers support to these groups through volunteering and life skills training.
- Also in 2007, the centre delivered a Reach for the Stars II Programme, funded through the PEace and Reconciliation Programme through the Community Foundation Northern Ireland (CFNI).
- In 2008, CFNI also funded a Mental Health Conference in the Glenavon Hotel in Cookstown in which 220 people attended
- In 2010, the centre celebrated 10 years of existence.
With an initial investment of £66,053 by the Government this year, the centre contributed £1.06million to the Cookstown & Magherafelt area.
Tel: 028 7930 1862
Email: [email protected]