Belfast Healthy Cities celebrate city health with  30th Anniversary Awards

Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization initiative in the city, celebrated projects right across Belfast promoting good health and wellbeing at the annual WHO Healthy City awards. The awards were presented by Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Emmet McDonough Brown and celebrated 30 years of Belfast being a WHO Healthy City

The award categories were open to all sectors and entrants included public bodies, voluntary and community based organisations and private sector companies. Entries were invited across four categories, Promoting Health Equity, Healthy Living, Healthy Places and Engaging for Change.

The WHO 2018 Belfast Healthy Cities Awards winners were:


Promoting Health Equity: Joint winners

  • Chinese Welfare Association for their Bilingual Advocacy project
  • Footprints Women’s Centre for their FEED Project (Food, Education, Empowerment, Debt Support)

Healthy Living:  Jump Jiggle and Jive

Healthy Places: Groundwork NI for Meanwhile Garden

Engaging for Change: The Odyssey Trust Company and partners for their Odyssey Ice Academy project


Speaking at the awards Joan Devlin Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities said:

“Every year we see a rise in both the number and quality of the entries to the WHO Belfast Healthy City Awards. The projects working in health and wellbeing right across our city are delivering real improvements for our citizens, particularly for many who have been traditionally difficult to reach, and the awards aim to recognise and celebrate the hard work these groups are doing.

“Our health is extremely valuable, and it is clear that there are many people in Belfast who not only recognise this, but are actively working to promote the positive impact of good health. I would like to congratulate all those who entered and particularly the winners of the awards. They all are ambassadors for a healthy Belfast.”

Across all four categories other organisations were highly commended for their ongoing work. The highly commended organisations:

  • Northern Ireland New Entrants Service – Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • North Belfast CareZone – Lighthouse with partners Yeha, Belfast City Council, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, West Belfast Suicide Awareness and Support, Extern, Urban Villages, Marrowbone
  • Belfast Safer Homes – Public Health Agency and partners Belfast City Council, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust and Bryson Energy
  • Bwell project – Belfast Health & Social Care Trust
  • Rowing the Lagan – Lagan Currachs
  • WISPA – Women in Sport & Physical Activity – Active Women project


For more information on the awards or on the work of Belfast Healthy Cities visit

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