Cedar would like to pay tribute to and express our appreciation for Marilyn Higgin, one of our long-standing volunteers, who is now retiring from her volunteering role after 15+ years!

Marilyn has contributed her time on a regular basis to support a tenant within our Living Options services. As a former Diabetic Nurse, Marilyn also provided on-going practical advice, support and information on diabetes to staff when requested. Part of the volunteering role was to encourage the tenant to manage his own diabetes, be more active and live a healthier lifestyle. Together they planned outings to areas of interest such as the seaside and transport museum; they went on train journeys and she even helped him trace his family tree.

The diversity and creativity of the activities Marilyn supported highlight how a volunteer can add value to Cedar service users and the organisation, complementing and enhancing the support staff provide. Volunteer support is valued by our service users as the 1:1 approach enables them to enjoy the social aspect of life like going for a coffee, going shopping or playing board games all while having a chat and enjoying the craic.

While speaking at an event during Volunteer’s Week in June 2019, Marilyn said:

“Volunteering is challenging which makes the experience very worthwhile.”

Cedar has celebrated this valuable contribution by presenting Marilyn a commendation as part of Cedar’s STAR Awards. Furthermore, Marilyn has attended numerous recognition events throughout her time with the organisation.

So, as we say goodbye to Marilyn, we wish her all the best in her retirement. It has been a pleasure to have such a dedicated volunteer on the team. To finish, we would like to cite a well-known quote that reflects how we feel about Marilyn: 

“A truly great volunteer is hard to find, difficult to part with and impossible to forget.”