Two groups from the Lisburn & Castlereagh area were among the winners at this year’s IPB Pride of Place Awards.
The winners of the 49 awards were announced at a gala ceremony in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.
The Pride of Place Awards, run in association with Co-operation Ireland, acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development.
Seymour Hill & Conway Residents’ Association took the runner-up prize in Category 3 of the Cities Competition - Urban Neighbourhoods / Villages with a Population Over 2,000, while Dreamscheme Northern Ireland was named runner-up in Category 5 - Community Based Youth Initiatives.
Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland, congratulated the winners, saying: This evening, we have witnessed some of the finest examples of people working together to create a positive future and we all must continue to build on this so Irish society as a whole can benefit.”
Speaking after the ceremony, Deputy Mayor Hazel Legge commented: “The council is very proud of all its nominees in the Pride of Place awards. We are delighted that two of our groups received runner up prizes in this highly competitive all-Ireland competition. These awards acknowledge the achievements and the invaluable work undertaken by volunteers and those involved in local community development. It was a privilege to see two Lisburn Castlereagh groups receive awards.”
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the council’s Leisure & Community Development Committee, added: “The fact that two of our local groups received awards is a testament to their hard work and dedication to making a difference within the community. Both Seymour Hill & Conway Residents’ Group and Dreamscheme NI work hard to improve their local communities for the betterment of all. Through a range of activities and regular communication they ensure respect for the local area and heritage and culture of others.”
The council also proudly nominated Lagan Valley Regional Park for the ‘Community Environmental Initiative’ category for its cultural, social and biodiversity initiatives along the towpath connecting the cities of Lisburn and Belfast. It operates with a large volunteer base alongside the four full-time staff to help protect the wildlife within the park and keep the area attractive to visitors. The council has acknowledged their outstanding work.