Sam Malcolmson Arts Care Volunteer

Larne man, Sam Malcolmson began volunteering in 2005 at the spinal unit in Musgrave Park Hospital when he was asked to come in and talk to patients who were facing using a wheelchair for the rest of their lives. As a former patient in 2003 he saw it as an opportunity to give something back for all the care and attention he had received.

Following this Sam was offered a job working for the Spinal Injuries Association as a peer support advisor and attends the unit once a week in this capacity.

Sam has been a volunteer with Arts Care for just under a year and is involved in working with patients from all around the hospital. Most of the patients will come to the art studio and before they arrive Sam will set up all the work and equipment which will be required for the session and even give the patients a hand with their art when its required. Volunteering with Arts Care has meant he's been able to participate and contribute to some of their projects. Recently he was involved in the making of three mosaics which are currently displayed in the new neurology building on the hospital site.

One of Sam's hobbies outside volunteering is woodwork. He's always busy at his workshop making various items for family and friends and also makes picture frames for the patients art work. He is also a keen sportsman and is involved in many activities including bowling and is not only a member of Larne Archery Club but is a trained archery instructor also. Sam also volunteers in these two activities.

Sam enjoys being a volunteer and finds it worthwhile. It is an opportunity for him to meet other people, make new friends and acquire a wider social circle. He also loves encountering new experiences and discovering new skills he never knew he had.

Sam hopes that his volunteering will in some way help people, particularly those with injuries like his. It has given him a feeling of usefulness and he always looks forward to going to Musgrave Park Hospital.

Sam was awarded the British Empire Medal on 17 September 2015 for voluntary service to patients at Musgrave Park Hospital.

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