Volunteer Now - News

Skip Navigation

Volunteer Now Recognised at Healthy Belfast Awards

04 December 2013

The inaugural Healthy Belfast awards which were established by Belfast Healthy Cities were presented as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the organisation.

Belfast Healthy CitiesAwards were made in six categories and the winners included Volunteer Now's Unlocking Potential Project, in the Healthy Ageing category.

Other winners included Ligoniel Improvement Agency, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, Food Swop, The Conservation Volunteers, Arts Care & Belfast City Council and the West Belfast Partnership Board. Highly commended organisations included Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership, Holy Trinity Seniors and Castlereagh Safe and Well Project

The awards ceremony which took place at the Harbour Commissioners office was attended by organisations from across Belfast as well as the Lord Mayor and senior officials from health service organisations. The event was addressed by Dr Agis Tsouros, the Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being for the World Health Organization, of which Belfast Healthy Cities is an affiliated project.

Belfast Healthy Cities Chair, Dr Bernadette Cullen, praised the standard of entries received for the awards.

"Belfast Healthy Cities has been promoting wellbeing and a 'health in all policies' approach to addressing health inequalities in the city for 25 years. The partnership approach we have developed with statutory bodies and the community sector helps drive our agenda and the commitment these groups make is reflected in the standard of entries for these awards. As well as winners in each category a number of projects have been commended for their work. We congratulate all those who entered the awards and of course especially our winners."

Dr Tsouros acknowledged the work of Belfast Healthy Cities since 1988.

"I have been a visitor to Belfast since the early days of this project and the changes in recent years have been remarkable. A sustainable city is one which is based on health equality and wherever WHO Healthy Cities operate we strive to promote equitable wellbeing. I am delighted to be here again."

Read more on Unlocking Potential - volunteering for the over 50s.