Belfast Healthy Cities, the World Health Organization project in Northern Ireland has launched the ‘Healthy City’ 2018 awards, which recognise the work undertaken by organisations from all sectors towards improving the health and wellbeing of the people of Belfast.
This is the sixth year of the awards, which coincides with the 30th anniversary of Belfast being designated as a World Health Organisation healthy city. The awards are open to all sectors, including statutory, voluntary, academic, community and private sector organisations. The winners will be announced at an event in December.
Belfast Healthy Cities has encouraged any organisation working to promote health and address health inequality to apply for the 2018 awards.
Joan Devlin, Chief Executive of Belfast Healthy Cities said today,
‘This is the 6th year of the Heathy Belfast awards and the numbers entering the awards have grown year on year since the beginning. I think that reflects very positively on Belfast as a healthy city and while there is still progress to be made in addressing health inequalities and addressing healthy inequities, it is important and appropriate that we celebrate and highlight the work which is being carried out by a whole range of organisations large and small, across Belfast to make life healthier and fairer for our communities.
‘I would encourage any organisation, whether it is a large public body or a small community initiative, to consider making an application.’
Joanne Rock, Lagan Dragons founder & Captain, explained the significance of the awards,
“Lagan Dragons were delighted to win the 2017 Belfast Healthy Cities Award for healthy living. Our main aim as a club is to introduce people who have been affected by breast cancer to dragon boat paddling which improves their overall general health and wellbeing. Lagan Dragons are delighted and honoured to be recognised by Belfast Healthy Cities as a leader for the continued effort we put into supporting and empowering our members to be the best they can be.”
There are four award categories, Promoting Health Equity; Healthy Places; Healthy Living and Engaging for Change.
The call for entry is open until 12th November. Further information and an application pack is available from www.belfasthealthycities.com. The awards will be presented at high profile ceremony in Belfast on 11 December.