2013 Volunteer Ireland Awards, Health and Disability

Peter Boyd, Arthritis Ireland

Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Peter has volunteered with Arthritis Ireland for over four years. He provides vital help and support on the organisation’s phone helpline twice a week. He also runs the Young Arthritis Network (for 18-45 year olds) in Dublin and organises social events that give people with the disease an opportunity to meet up a throughout the year and talk with one another, gain friendships and give each other support.

In Dublin, he also runs a walking group and teaches a 'Living Well with Arthritis' course. He also volunteers with children with Juvenile Arthritis. He, along with Arthritis Ireland, brought a large group of teenagers on a weekend activity 'road trip' this summer, which gave them vital tools to cope with their illness. Claire Kinneavy nominated Peter for a Volunteer Ireland award, she said “As a young person with arthritis and fibromyalgia, Peter devotes a lot of his spare time to helping others with his inspirational writing, helpline skills, public-speaking and as a youth leader, a walking leader and a self-management leader. He is funny, hard-working, motivating and a great role model for others with the disease."

 

Photo courtesy of Breffni Hall