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BHC 25th Anniversary Awards at Belfast Harbour Office - New Photographs Added

25th Anniversary Awards

Thank you to everyone who came along to the celebration of 25 years of Belfast as a World Health Organization Healthy City at Belfast Harbour office on Friday 29 November 2013. We are delighted to congratulate the winners and highly commended organisations from the Belfast Healthy Cities 25th Anniversary Awards.

Visit Awards Website to see photographs + successful organisations by category

Awards were made in 6 categories and the winners included Ligoniel Improvement Agency, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Volunteer Now, Belfast Food Swap, Arts Care & Belfast City Council and the West Belfast Partnership Board. Applications were assessed by Dr Agis Tsouros from the World Health Organization and local judges with specialised knowledge of each category, including the Commissioner of Older People Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley Mooney.

The ceremony took place at the Belfast Harbour office and was attended by groups and organisations from right across Belfast as well as the Lord Mayor and senior officials from health service organisations.

Belfast Healthy Cities Chair, Bernadette Cullen, praised the standard of entries received for the awards.

“Belfast Healthy Cities has been promoting wellbeing and a ‘health in all policies’ approach to addressing health inequalities in the city for 25 years. The partnership approach we have developed with statutory bodies and the community sector helps drive our agenda and the commitment these groups make is reflected in the standard of entries for these awards.

As well as winners in each category a number of projects have been commended for their work. We congratulate all those who entered the awards and of course especially our winners.”

The event was addressed by Dr Agis Tsouros, Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being for the World Health Organization, of which Belfast Healthy Cities is an affiliated project. He acknowledged the work of Belfast Healthy Cities since 1988.

“I have been a visitor to Belfast since the early days of this project and the changes in recent years have been remarkable. A sustainable city is one which is based on health equality and wherever WHO Healthy Cities operate we strive to promote equitable wellbeing. I am delighted to be here again."