The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards 2015 were launched by The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Arder Carson and presented by Deputy Mayor, Alderman Guy Spence.
Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence said, “These awards recognise the excellent work undertaken by a range of organisations across our city in promoting a healthier lifestyle. I congratulate all those who entered the awards and who continue to work for a positive Belfast.”
Joan Devlin Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities said this third year of the awards which continue to attract an excellent standard of entry.
“The awards are now firmly fixed in the Belfast calendar and they continue to attract a very high standard of entry. Belfast is now established in the European World Health Organisation network and the project delivered by Shopmobility is an example of the tremendous work being done. We congratulate all those who entered and won today.”
There are four award categories in the 2015 awards
This award recognises a project 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.
College Park Avenue Residents Association: Wildflower Alley
This award recognises achievement in supporting 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.
Studio 5 CIC NI: The chance to DANCE
Teenager and Young Adult (TYA) Cancer Service: Moving2gether
Bryson An Munia Tober: Bryson An Munia Tober Health Project
Engaging for Change
This award focuses on projects or initiatives that work directly with people to empower them to take control of improving their own health and wellbeing. Initiatives will demonstrate the application of active engagement processes to involve and retain participants. They will show how they make use of the assets that exist to improve health within the community and are likely to have involved collaboration or partnership approaches.
Winner:CLARE CIC: Creative Local Action Response & Engagement
Arthritis Care: Staying Connected
Ligoniel Improvement Association: REAP Recreational, Environmental, Activity Project
Promoting Health Equity
This award will highlighted 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.