Equipping for Life for a better future

Dorothy McClean: volunteer in EfL

I had the privilege of meeting with Dorothy, and had an interesting and rewarding insight into her place of work, the Loughshore Education Resource Centre, known as EOTAS (Education Other Than at School), situated on the Shore Road, Newtownabbey.
The building is bright and welcoming with all sorts of murals, artworks, photographs and even animals…..Today Mac (pictured with Dorothy and Family pet) is in School for his usual duties on a Friday morning.

Dorothy knew from her school days exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. She had experience of learning difficulties, particularly dyslexia, so it was no surprise when Dorothy joined MENCAP in later years. Her first voluntary posting was at Muckamore Abbey and from there her care and support of people with learning difficulties blossomed. Before long Dorothy ventured into the Junior Gateway Club, at the Rathcoole Centre – a place for children and families in Newtownabbey to access support for individual learning difficulties.

With children in the special needs sector, Dorothy decided literacy was the way forward and applied to study teacher training in special needs. Once qualified, she taught children with moderate learning difficulties for twenty-five years as well as subsequently completing a plethora of tertiary education courses.

So, how did Dorothy volunteer for EfL??.... Well, when Brother David announced his retirement from the Divine Healing Ministries and had a vision for the Children on the Shankill Road, Dorothy knew this was something close to her heart, so this self-confessed MAD (Making a Difference) Christian is now working on Tuesday mornings in Glenwood P.S. AND still working in EOTAS.
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Dorothy and her dog Mac

Equipping for Life, Dorothy McClean