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Shining the spotlight on Belfast’s older volunteers

11 Sep 2017
Nominations opened today, Monday, 11 September for the Age-Friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards 2017.

The Belfast City Council awards scheme, supported by Volunteer Now and Belfast 89 FM, provide a valuable opportunity to shine the spotlight on older volunteers and to recognise and celebrate their impact on life in the city.

Belfast based community, voluntary and charitable groups and organisations are invited to nominate their volunteers aged 60 and over before the deadline, Friday, 20 October.

Councillor Sonia Copeland, Chair of Belfast City Council’s all party reference group on older people said: “The Age-Friendly Older Volunteer Awards celebrate the expertise, skills and knowledge that people over 60 bring to our city’s clubs, groups and organisations.

“We made a commitment in The Belfast Agenda to ensure that everyone experiences good health and wellbeing here - and to making Belfast more connected, welcoming and inclusive for all. Our older volunteers are making a huge contribution to achieving these goals by fostering vital community connections. And it’s a two way street - volunteering is a really rewarding use of your time – especially in later life.

“I get so much back from the time I spend volunteering with Action Cancer and Marie Curie. The feeling of pride and satisfaction you get from helping people because you care can be quite overwhelming at times. Giving thanks and recognition to volunteers is so important and I’m already looking forward to celebrating with our older volunteers in December.”

This year’s categories are:

• Older Volunteer of the Year Award: recognising an individual volunteer who has made a real impact on, or difference to, a group or organisation’s work from October 2016 - September 2017
• Marie Mathews Participation Award: recognising a volunteer who embodies the true spirit of volunteering
• Take 5 Active Ageing Award: recognising a volunteer who is involved in a project which improves physical, mental or emotional health
• Arts and Culture Award: recognising a volunteer who makes a difference through the arts, cultural or creative projects
• Team or group: recognising two or more volunteers who are involved in the same project, programme or service within an organisation

The awards ceremony takes place at Belfast City Hall in December. Full details including guidance notes and nomination forms are available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/volunteering

Older volunteer at after schools club