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Belfast Healthy Cities

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Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Awards, 2013

The Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Awards were held to recognise the wide range of activities and learning that tell the story of Belfast’s development as a World Health Organization European Healthy City. The award categories reflect the priority issues identified and addressed over the past 25 years.

Since 1988 Belfast has been a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) European Healthy Cities Network. Our mission is, through our leadership and innovation, to inspire and utilise the collective and individual strengths of partners to deliver the World Health Organization European Healthy City Phase V (2009-2013) goals and requirements and maximise their impact on health and inequalities.

Awards were made in six categories to reflect the key themes of the Belfast as a Healthy City.

Promoting Health Equity

This award recognised programmes and activities that aimed to tackle inequalities in the city including addressing issues such as: socio-economic deprivation; fuel poverty; the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups; and tackling lifestyle related inequalities. Lead judges for this category were Dr Bernadette Cullen, Chair of Awards and Belfast Healthy Cities and Joan Devlin, Chief Executive, Belfast Healthy Cities.

Joint Winners

  • Travellers Health Project - Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
  • Healthy Hearts - West Belfast Partnership Board

Highly Commended

  • Your Health in Mind NI Libraries

  • Getting You Around Belfast Shopmobility

Child Friendly Spaces

This award recognised activities which: increase opportunities for play and recreation; improve access to and use of open spaces by children and young people aged 12 or under including supporting engagement of children and young people in decision making,  planning or development processes within their communities. Lead judge for the category was Patricia Lewsley-Mooney, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.


  • Little Ligonielers - Ligoniel Improvement Association

Highly Commended

  • Caffrey Hill Play Space - Clanmil Housing Association

  • Reclaiming the Streets - Playboard NI

Healthy Ageing

This award recognised programmes and activities that improve quality of life for older people by supporting healthy and active ageing; promote accessibility to services; promote independence; reducing isolation and loneliness while contributing to making the city a better place for people to grow older. The lead judge for the category was Claire Keatinge, Commissioner for Older People Northern Ireland.


  • Realising Potential - Volunteer Now

Highly Commended

  • C-Saw - Castlereagh Safe and Well Project

  • Age Friendly Belfast - Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership

  • Senior Citizens Ageing Well Group - Holy Trinity Centre

Active Living

This award recognised achievement in active living; leisure and sporting activities including dance; active and healthy travel including cycling and walking initiatives; volunteering; and heritage and environmental programmes which support active living. The lead judge for this category was Olympic Boxer, Paddy Barnes.


  • Green Gym - The Conservation Volunteers

Highly Commended

  • Healthwise - Physical Activity Referral Programme Active Belfast/PHA

  • Fit 4 Life Centre - Greater Village Regeneration Trust

Healthy and Sustainable Food

This award recognised initiatives focusing on healthy and sustainable food including: improving access to affordable food of a high nutritional quality; access to fresh food; building capacity to access food in communities; promotion of healthier food within settings; and sustainable food production. This award was sponsored by Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland. The lead judge was Chris Bennett, The Dock Church and Cafe, Titanic Quarter, Belfast.


  • Belfast Food Swop

Highly Commended

  • Sustaining Health and Growth - Fleming Fulton School

  • Suffolk Community Garden Health and Wellbeing Programme - Suffolk Community Forum