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Shining the spotlight on Belfast’s older volunteers

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Date: 12 Dec 2022

Category: Supporting communities


The selfless hard work of Belfast’s older volunteers was celebrated at City Hall today (Monday 12 December) at the Age Friendly Older Volunteer of the Year Awards 2022.

Now in its tenth year, the awards shine a spotlight on the invaluable contribution older people aged 60 years and over make to the life of the city through volunteering.

Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Tina Black was on hand to present the awards to some of the city’s most inspirational people and said: “Belfast has a fantastic community of volunteers that work tirelessly for the benefit of others in organisations and groups across the city. These volunteers are an integral part of Belfast’s social fabric and listening to the personal stories and experiences has been really heart-warming.  

“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 and I am delighted to be able to celebrate and acknowledge all their selfless acts throughout the year. I want to thank you all for everything that you have done and continue to do for Belfast!”

Volunteers were recognised across five different categories including an award for ‘Older Volunteer of The Year.’

This was presented to Owen Coogan from BraveHEART’s 50+ Men’s Group. Owen is 81 years old and was nominated by Jackie Brennan who commended Owen for “his overwhelming commitment to the group, his help in washing the kits for ‘Danderball’ and most importantly his desire to see others happy.”

Other categories included ‘Longstanding Volunteer of the Year’, ‘Digital Champion of the Year’, ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ and ‘Team of the Year.’

For more information on Age Friendly Belfast and volunteering visit

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