James Dempsey, a volunteer with the Big Picture in Tallaght, has won a national award for his volunteering.
James started out in The Big Picture on a TUS scheme managing the door and building. He went above and beyond in this role, a trait he has carried with him while volunteering. He transitioned to volunteer in the Youth Cafe in January 2016. During the last 20 months, he has been one of the most consistent volunteers in the youth cafe. The three hours a week he gives to the young people are for some of them, the highlight of the week. His bubbly and welcoming personality shines through and puts all young people at ease, whether established participants of the cafe or having just walked through the door.
The Volunteer Ireland Awards celebrate Ireland’s unsung heroes. They were held at a special ceremony in Sligo, the 2017 European Volunteering Capital, on 1st December.
The awards aim to celebrate the extraordinary dedication that nominees have shown to help others, often taking time away from family and friends to give back.