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Belfast Healthy Cities

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WHO Healthy Cities Awards 2018

The WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards, now in their sixth year, recognise the work of organisations and groups across the city to improve the health and well-being of the people of Belfast.

This year’s awards coincide with the 30th anniversary of Belfast being designated as a World Health Organization healthy city and applications were open to all sectors in four categories: Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.

The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Emmet McDonough-Brown, presented the awards to all the winners and highly commended projects and programmes.

Delegates at the ceremony also heard a presentation from this year’s Explorer Bursary winner, Christine McKee, Public Health Agency, who travelled to Utrecht, the Netherlands to learn about their approach to health literacy and to gain insight into examples of programmes and resources which aim to improve health literacy or support those with limited health literacy.

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Promoting Health Equity


Chinese Welfare Association – Bilingual Advocacy Project

Chinese Welfare Association

Footprints Women’s Centre - The FEED Project (Food, Education, Empowerment, Debt Support)

Footprints Womens Centre

Highly Commended:

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – Northern Ireland New Entrants Service

Engaging for Change


The Odyssey Trust Company; Belfast Giants; Department for Communities; Include Youth – Odyssey Ice Academy

Odyssey Trust

Highly Commended:

Lighthouse; Yeha; Belfast City Council; Belfast Health & Social Care Trust; West Belfast Suicide Awareness and Support; Extern; Urban Villages; Marrowbone Association – North Belfast CareZone

Public Health Agency; Belfast City Council; Belfast Health & Social Care Trust; Bryson Energy – Belfast Safer Homes

Healthy Places


Groundwork NI – Meanwhile Garden

Groundwork NI

Highly Commended

Lagan Currachs – Rowing the Lagan

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust - Bwell

Healthy Living


Jump Jiggle and Jive – Light Bulb

Jump Jiggle Jive

Highly Commended:

WISPA – Women in Sport & Physical Activity – Active Women