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Belfast Healthy Cities

Our vision is to be a leader in creating
a healthy, equitable and sustainable city

Healthy Cities 21st Century

2016 Awards

Joan Devlin, CEO was joined by two of the 2015 Award Winners, Carole Caldbeck, Wildflower Alley Group and Rachelle McCurry, Studio 5 CIC to officially launch the 2016 World Health Organization Belfast Healthy City Awards.

This was the fourth year of the awards, and recognised and celebrate the work undertaken by organizations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast. The awards were presented at a high profile ceremony on 7 December 2016.


Promoting Health Equity

This award 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.


  • Council for the Homeless (NI) - FareShare NI

Highly Commended

  • Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke - Health and Homeless Service

  • Alzheimer’s Society - Dementia Friendly Communities

  • Windsor Women’s Centre - Harvest Health

Healthy Places

This award was presented to a programme  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.


  • Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health - Peter’s Hill Garden Project

Highly Commended

  • The Conservation Volunteers - Musgrave Community Garden

Healthy Living

This award recognised 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.


  • Street Soccer NI – Street Soccer Academy

Highly Commended

  • Sustrans – Active School Travel Project

  • Ulster Wildlife - ParkLife

Engaging for Change

This award focussed 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.


  • Cancer Focus Northern Ireland and Choice Housing Ireland Ltd - Well Aware Programme

Highly Commended

  • Linking Generations Northern Ireland -  Linking Learning Growing Together

  • Belfast Health & Social Care Trust - Working Better Together: Improving the Podiatric Care of Homeless People in Belfast