from Belfast, Co. Antrim, a sixth year student at Our Lady and St. Patrick’s College,Knock, volunteers with people with learning difficulties and dances in nursing homes for the residents over the Christmas holidays.
Olivia’s motivation to volunteer derives initially from growing up with her two cousins who have autism and her aunt who is profoundly deaf. Her Mum, who is a nurse, has also been a great source of inspiration. Olivia also spent the summer helping Spanish students improve their English and volunteered at the ‘The Bounce! Festival’, an event designed to showcase disabled artists using a range of art forms.
Speaking about Olivia her School principal Dermot Mullan said, “Olivia’s voluntary work over the past five years is testimony to her spirit of independence and willingness to make life better for others. Her commitment and dedication to helping others is well documented and she has a genuinely caring nature."