Justice Minister praises volunteers

Date published: 04 June 2015

Justice Minister David Ford has paid tribute to volunteers who work closely with the Youth Justice Agency.

Minister Ford pictured with winner Matthew Carroll and Adam McCartney
Ross McCartney volunteer award presented to Matthew Carroll.

At an evening reception held in Lisburn, the Minister presented certificates to volunteers from right across Northern Ireland and acknowledged the valuable role they play in helping divert young people from crime.

David Ford said: “Volunteers are positive role models for young people, assisting them in making good choices about their lives and diverting them from crime.  They can really help young people develop the skills and maturity they need as they move towards adulthood.”

The Minister also presented the annual ‘Ross McCartney Volunteer Award’ to Matthew Carroll. This award is sponsored by the Youth Justice Agency in memory of Ross, a former volunteer worker who died from cancer at the age of 24.

He said: “Ross undoubtedly made a positive impact on the lives of young people before his untimely death and it is a fitting tribute to Ross that the Agency continues to sponsor an annual award in recognition of his work.

“Through his volunteering, Matthew has demonstrated the same qualities and values as Ross.  The commitment and determination of volunteers like Matthew makes me confident that they will continue to play a vital role in helping young people."

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Ross McCartney award has been sponsored by the Agency in response to the contribution of Ross McCartney, a volunteer in the Foyle area who died from cancer in May 2010, aged 24.
  2. Media enquires should be directed to George Lowry on 028 9031 6421 or 077 1773 2691. Alternatively email george.lowry@dojni.x.gsi.gov.uk

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