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Lord Mayor Launches WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards 2014

Following the significant interest in and success of the Belfast Healthy City 25th Anniversary Awards in 2013, we are delighted to announce the WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards 2014. This year awards will be presented in three categories in recognition of excellence in addressing a WHO Core theme.

Category 1: Healthy Places

Category 2: Healthy Living 

Category 3: Promoting Health Equity

The awards will be presented at a high profile conference ‘Reuniting Planning and Health: Tackling Disadvantage’ that will be held on Friday 14 November 2014, and features keynote speakers from Gehl Architects and the WHO Europe Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments. Three finalists from each award category will be invited to attend. Registration for this conference will open soon. Join our mailing list to receive updates.

Category 1: Healthy Places – This award will be presented to a programme or initiative that has significantly contributed to supporting good health through creating supportive and healthy places for people. Healthy Places focuses on how planning, transport and regeneration affect people’s lives, their health and wellbeing and how this shapes disadvantage and inequalities. Applications are encouraged from initiatives that aim to explore and demonstrate how ‘people’ oriented planning can contribute to health and equity, while also supporting the environment and the economy.

The theme of ‘Healthy Places’ is timely as responsibility for planning and regeneration moves to local government in 2015.

Category 2: Healthy Living - This award will recognise achievement in healthy living; leisure and sporting activities including dance; active and healthy travel including cycling and walking initiatives; volunteering; and heritage and environmental programmes. Healthy living focuses on initiatives that encourage and enable people of all ages to live healthier lives and actively participate in society. Applications are encouraged from initiatives that explore and demonstrate how being physically and/or socially active contributes to healthy and cohesive communities as well as good individual mental and physical health and wellbeing.

Category 3: Promoting Health Equity - This award will highlight programmes and activities that aim to tackle inequalities in the city including addressing issues such as: socio-economic deprivation; fuel poverty; food poverty the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups; health promotion initiatives and tackling age or lifestyle related inequalities. Applications are encouraged from initiatives that demonstrate health equity is about creating conditions and providing services that enable people of all ages and backgrounds to fulfil their potential.

Government and public sector agencies; schools and education providers; community and faith organisations; social enterprises and private organisations, including architects and designers are invited to apply.  Nominated programmes and initiatives should be currently active, or have been completed within the past five years.

Applications may be made by organisations from all sectors. Regional organisations are welcome to apply where they can demonstrate that activities directly benefited the people of Belfast.

Online applications can be made here

More information is available from

or contact Suzanne Miller 028 9032 8811


Finalists for the Healthy Places category only will be invited to host a site visit, as part of the final assessment, on Wednesday 15 October 2014.

The awards are now closed and judging is currently taking place. They will be presented at the Reuniting Planning and Health: Tackling Disadvantage Conference 14 November 2014