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Healthy Cities 21st Century

5th Annual Belfast Healthy Cities Awards recognise excellence in health promotion

The fifth annual Belfast Healthy Cities awards were announced this week and Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister was on hand to pay tribute to the organisations which entered the competitive process. The awards were open to all sectors and entrants included public bodies, voluntary and community based organisations and private sector companies. 
 
Entries were invited across four categories, Promoting Health Equity, Healthy Living, Healthy Places and Engaging for Change. 
 
The award winners: 
 
Promoting Health Equity: Windsor Women’s Centre, Spring into Action        
 
Healthy Living: Joint winners: 
  • Lagan Dragons Dragon Boat Club, Introducing people who have been affected by breast cancer to the physical and emotional health benefits of dragon-boating 
  • Intelligent Health, Beat the Street Northern Ireland
 
Healthy Places: Radius Housing, Sliabh Dubh Play and Recreation Space
 
Engaging for Change: Joint winners:
  • Hosford – East Belfast Mission, Hosford Projects
  • South Eastern H&SC Trust and Northern Ireland Prison Service, People not Prisoners (Listen, Engage, Learn, Change)
 
Across all four categories other organisations were especially commended for their ongoing work. 
 
Joan Devlin Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities pointed out that this year had seen more entries than ever: “We really are delighted at how quickly the annual Healthy Belfast awards have become established and that helps to acknowledge and promote the great work that is being done in Belfast. 
 
“The awards are now well established and it is important to acknowledge and celebrate the great work which is being done. Health belongs to all of us, not just to a single Government department or agency. In highlighting the work being done at a local level to promote and facilitate healthy living and wellbeing we can help make Belfast a better place for everyone.” 
 
Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister said: “The entries for this years awards came from north, south, east and west Belfast and that spread reflects the level and depth of really positive work which is going on within our city. Healthy living is so important for people of all ages and I am delighted to see provision for our young people, older people, prisoners and other vulnerable groups celebrated here today. Congratulations are due not only our winners but to all those who entered.” 
 
The highly commended organisations:
 
East Belfast Community Development Agency, East Belfast Pop up People’s Pharmacy
Nexus NI, Nexus NI Client Forum
The Consumer Council, Transport Access Audits
The Conservation Volunteers, Dig it and Eat it!
Bridge of Hope, Bridge of Hope Wellbeing Services
New Lodge Duncairn Community Health Partnership, Supporting Families North Belfast