When I was 19, I was appointed First Aid Convenor for the Inverclyde Battalion of The Boys’ Brigade. Although, I never realised that over the years most of my free time has been volunteering. Looking back on things, volunteering was something you did for the good of the Community.
Some of the voluntary positions I have held are, Chairman West Tyrone Youth Council, Training Officer for the West Ulster District, The Boys’ Brigade, Captain 1st Omagh Company, The Boys’ Brigade, Chairman Magherafelt Arts Trust, Secretary of the Sperrin Choir for 15 years, Chairman Cookstown Silver Band, Designated Officer for Child Protection Sperrin Kidz, Member of Board of Governors of two Grammar schools, being Designated Governor for Child Protection in one of the schools, Leader of the English Class at First Magherafelt where we teach English to those for whom English is not their first language and finally I am honoured to be a Trustee and Director of InVOLve (NI).
I have many happy memories of volunteering especially the outings we went on such as seeing some of the cast of Emmerdale at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra. Many a happy time we had from the time we left The Rainey School on a Saturday morning in a Chambers double decker bus for a day of fun, friendship and food.
Archie Thomson May 2020