2017 Mayor’s Community Awards launched

Helping the Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE launch the Mayor's Community Awards 2017 are (back row, l-r)   Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now; Rhonda Frew, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Caroline McGrath, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.  Front Row ( l-r)  are   Monica Meehan, Education Authority and Cathy Adamson, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Helping the Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield MBE launch the Mayor's Community Awards 2017 are (back row, l-r) Lindsay Armstrong, Volunteer Now; Rhonda Frew, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council and Caroline McGrath, South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust. Front Row ( l-r) are Monica Meehan, Education Authority and Cathy Adamson, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh has launched his Community Awards for 2017.

The Awards recognise the voluntary and community sectors’ input and dedication to community life across Lisburn and Castlereagh.

A total of eight categories are up for nominations with a focus on community life and community commitment. Nomination categories are open for individuals and groups.

The Mayor, Cllr Brian Bloomfield MBE said: “It is appropriate that this annual event reflects the work and effort that takes place across the wider Council community.

“The Mayor’s Community Awards will seek to recognise inspirational community endeavours and hard work, with good causes and teamwork recognised across community and voluntary life.

“I would appeal to everyone to submit a nomination form to recognise people or organisations that work hard to help make the area better. Community work may be highly visible or more discreet depending on the circumstances, and we very much wish to hear about the variety of work that is ongoing.”

Nominations will close on 4th November at 4pm. Judging will take place in November and an Awards Event will be held in March 2017.

The judging panel will comprise the Working Group with representatives from Volunteer Now, the Education Authority and the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust.

The Categories for Nomination, which are reflective of work and efforts solely within the Council area, are:

Fundraiser of the Year

Nominations will be accepted for volunteers making a significant contribution towards sustaining the work of community/voluntary groups.

Young Champion of the Year

Nominations will be accepted for young people (between the ages of 16-25) making a significant contribution to community life.

The Brian McDowell Life Long Commitment Award

This award is in memory of the well-known local resident, Mr Brian McDowell, who died at the beginning of this year. Nominations will be accepted for individuals who have served the local community or a particular cause for over 20 years making a significant difference to the lives of others.

Bringing Communities Together Award

Nominations will be accepted for individuals or groups who are working tirelessly to bring people together and who have demonstrated a commitment towards improving community relations and a more united and shared society.

Community Impact Award

Nominations will be accepted for individuals or groups making a significant difference to the lives of others or to community life. For example, a particular project or cause that has changed the community for the better

Office Bearer Award

Nominations will be accepted for individuals who are a member of a community/voluntary sector management committee or board in the area, making a huge contribution towards group sustainability and good governance.

Team Spirit Award

Nominations will be accepted for groups within the community/voluntary sector working to help address needs with local communities or enriched the lives of other people and who have shown exceptional team spirit.

Arts & Culture Award

Nominations will be accepted for individuals or groups using arts and culture to help make a difference and impact within local communities.

The Council’s website www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk/community and Facebook page will post up to date and ongoing information on the Awards.