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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

2018 Awards

Following on from the success of the WHO International Healthy Cities Conference, Changing Cities to change the world, Celebrating thirty years of the Healthy Cites movement,held last week in Belfast, we are delighted to announce the Belfast Healthy Cities, ‘Healthy City’ 2018 awards. 

The awards, in their sixth year, coincide with the 30th anniversary of Belfast being designated as a World Health Organization healthy city and are open to all sectors, including statutory, voluntary, community and private sector organisations. The awards recognisethe work undertaken by organisations towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast and the winner will be announced at an event on 11 December 2018.  

Belfast Healthy Cities encourages any organisation working to promote health and address health inequality to apply for the 2018 awards. 

Joan Devlin, Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities said today, 

‘This is the 6th year of the Heathy Belfast awards and the numbers entering the awards have grown year on year since the beginning. I think that reflects very positively on Belfast as a healthy city and while there is still progress to be made in addressing health inequalities, it is important and appropriate that we celebrate and highlight the significant work which is being carried out by a whole range of organisations large and small, across Belfast to make life healthier and fairer for our communities. 

‘I would encourage any organisation, whether it is a large public body or a small community initiative, to consider making an application.’ 

Joanne Rock, Lagan Dragons founder and Captain, explained the significance of the awards,

“Lagan Dragons were delighted to win the 2017 Belfast Healthy Cities Award for healthy living. Our main aim as a club is to introduce people who have been affected by breast cancer to dragon boat paddling which improves their overall general health and wellbeing. Lagan Dragons are delighted and honouredto be recognised by Belfast Healthy Cities as a leader for the continued effort we put into supporting and empowering our members to be the best they can be.”

There are four award categories, Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change. 

The call for entry is open until 5.00pm Monday 12 November 2018. Further information and to submit an online application visit The awards will be presented at a high profile ceremony in Belfast on Tuesday 11 December 2018.