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Anderson lauds contribution of older people to Community & Voluntary Sector

9 June, 2011 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Junior Minister, Martina Anderson MLA (Sinn Féin Foyle) speaking at the opening of the Pensioners Parliament today praised the contribution that older people make to society.

Martina Anderson said:

“Older people make an enormous contribution to the betterment of society in a number of ways – not least through volunteerism. Many older people in a voluntary capacity give of their time, experience, knowledge and expertise to a range of groups and organisations. Others support ill or housebound relatives or act as child minders and even look after neighbours in need of assistance.

“The Voluntary and Community Sector in particularly are greatly enriched by the major contribution made by older people. These are ordinary people making an extraordinary contribution to their community and to society. They more often than not go unrecognised and will tell you that their reward is the sense of gratification they have from just knowing that they are making life a little bit better for others.

“I am privileged to have met people here today who represent the community and voluntary sector and I applaud your contribution to building a better society for everyone.

“The pensioners Parliament provides older people with a forum in which to identify and debate the issues that are important to them and to influence the policies and services that impact on their lives. I wish the Pensioners Parliament the very best and look forward to receiving a report on its deliberations.”

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