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Celebrate our Older Volunteers and nominate now for the 2019 Age Friendly Older Volunteer Awards

9 Sep 2019

Nominations for the 2019 Age Friendly Older Volunteer Awards have officially opened (Monday 9 September), and the race to award our Older Volunteer of the Year at the much-coveted awards ceremony in City Hall is underway. 

With the support of Volunteer Now, the awards are an opportunity for Belfast-based community and voluntary groups and organisations to recognise the selfless work of their volunteers who are aged 60 years and over.

The awards, set to take place in City Hall in December, celebrate the considerable contribution and positive impact that older volunteers make to the work of a wide variety of Belfast organisations and groups. 

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane said: “Belfast has a fantastic community of volunteers that work tirelessly for the benefit of others in organisations and groups across the city.

“The contribution older people make to the daily life of our city can’t go unrecognised and the Age Friendly Older Volunteer Awards is a great way to celebrate their achievements and recognise their selfless acts throughout the past year.

“I would encourage everyone to show their appreciation to our older people and nominate the person who they feel has made a positive impact to the work and lives of others around them.”

There are five categories at this year’s awards. They include: 

  • Older volunteer of the year

An individual volunteer who you feel has made a real impact on or difference to your group or organisation’s work over the last year, October 2018 to September 2019.

  • Marie Mathews participation award
Someone who embodies the true spirit of volunteering. This may be someone who volunteers across a number of roles or groups, or whose length of service deserves to be recognised.

  • Contribution to life in the City
A volunteer whose contribution has made an impact on life in Belfast. This can be through their involvement with the arts and culture, health & well-being, environmental projects, community development, befriending or any other charitable activity with a benefit to the community or the individuals within it.

  • Good neighbour
Someone, not necessarily connected with a group or organisation, who makes a practical difference to others in the neighbourhood or area, improving the quality of people’s lives. Someone who gets the title ‘unsung hero’ because of the things they do, big or small to make life better for people beyond their own immediate family.

  • Group or team
Celebrates two or more volunteers who are involved in the same project, programme or service within an organisation. Through working together, this team or group has made a positive impact on your group or organisation, service users or other volunteers or staff.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 18 October at 4pm. You can nominate online by visiting our website at – www.belfastcity.gov.uk/oldervolunteers
Last year's Older Volunteer of the Year, Iris Shannon