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Healthy projects across Belfast recognised at awards

Healthy Hearts in the West Arts care Food Swap Volunteer Now Belfast Travellers Project Little Ligoneilers
29th November 2013

The inaugural Healthy Belfast awards which were established by Belfast Healthy Cities were handed out today as part of the of the 25th anniversary celebrations of the organisation.

Awards were made in 6 categories and the winners included Ligoniel Improvement Agency, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, The Conservation Volunteers, Arts Care & Belfast City Council and the West Belfast Partnership Board.

The awards ceremony took place today in the Harbour Commissioners 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. The event was addressed by Dr Agis Tsouros, the Director of the Division of Policy and Governance for Health and Well-being for the World Health Organisation, of which Belfast Healthy Cities is an affiliated project.


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.”


Dr Tsouros 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 and I look forward to discussing these important matters with the Health Minister and officials this afternoon.”



The award categories and winners are:


Promoting Health Equity

Joint Winner: Traveller Health & Wellbeing Project Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Joint Winner: Healthy Hearts in the West Initiative West Belfast Partnership Board


Healthy Ageing

Winner: Unlocking Potential Volunteer Now  

Category: Healthier Environments

Winner: Patterns of the City, Arts Care, Belfast City Council, McCadden Design


Healthy and Sustainable Food

Winner: Belfast Food Swop


Child Friendly Spaces

Winner: Little Ligonielers Ligoniel Improvement Agency


Active Living

Winner: Green Gym The Conservation Volunteers
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