Elaine Magee, from Raphoe, a fourth-year student at The Royal and Prior School, was motivated to volunteer with the 'Something Special' group which is based in Raphoe when her younger brother was diagnosed with autism.

Over the past number of years Elaine gave her time throughout July and August to assist the parents in the group to take the children on outings and trips. Many of the children with autism or ADHD needed one to one attention and Elaine worked with the children to make sure all their needs were met. Some of the children didn’t like interacting with people and Elaine was mindful to deal with these children in a certain manner so that they weren’t distressed in any way.

Ann Marie Gibson from the ‘Something Special’ group indicated that on days out, children loved seeing Elaine. “Elaine has a great interest in children, especially those with additional needs and gets involved whenever she sees an opportunity to help out. On days out with our summer programmes, Elaine stepped in and assisted some of the mothers that were stressed”, she commented.

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