Caragh at Lagan Valley Island

Caragh O’Neill on reception at Lagan Valley Island, Lisburn23 year old Caragh O’Neill from Lisburn has recently completed a 4 month work placement with Lagan Valley Island with support from The Cedar Foundation’s Vocational and Employability Service.


Caragh who has Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus first came to Cedar a year ago with the view to enhancing her skills and experience to secure work. Since then Caragh has received ICT and Employability Training at Cedar’s Training and Resource Centre at Balmoral in South Belfast before securing a part-time voluntary placement of 17 hours per week at the Lisburn City Council premises. Caragh’s duties on reception have included: meeting and greeting visitors, managing calls and general admin as well as Box Office bookings.


Caragh said, “The whole experience has been fantastic. It’s been great learning about how a council works and what goes on behind the scenes. A huge thank you to everyone at Cedar for their support and encouragement and to the staff at Lagan Valley Island. With the work experience now completed, I aim to secure paid employment soon.”


Caragh pictured with The Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Alderman William Leathem, Peter McNamee (Cedar), Cllr. Stephen Martin (Chairman of Corporate Services) and Sinead Clarke (Assistant Director)The Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Alderman William Leathem added, “I’m delighted that Caragh has enjoyed herself as part of the energetic front of house team. Caragh has complimented the team; she always has a smile on her face and a welcoming manner. I wish Caragh all the best for her future and would like to thank Cedar for the support they provided throughout the work placement.”