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Shine a spotlight on our older volunteers – nominate now for 2018 Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards!

12 Sep 2018
Celebrate the work of our older volunteers in the city by nominating them for an Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Award, supported by Volunteer Now.
Nominations are now open for the annual awards which honour the considerable contribution and positive impact people, aged 60 and over, make to groups, organisations and communities in Belfast.
Highlighting the broad variations in volunteering, there are five categories to choose from - the Older Volunteer of the Year Award, Team/ Group Award, Good Neighbour Award, Make a Difference Award and the Marie Mathews Participation Award. The closing date for entries is Friday 19 October.
Alderman Sonia Copeland, Chair of Belfast City Council’s all party reference group on older people, launched the 2018 awards this week – meeting also with two volunteers in the city, Ann Teague and Maureen Loughlin, who volunteer at the after-school club in Ligoniel Community Centre.
“I’m delighted to launch this year’s Age-Friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards which celebrate the expertise, skills and knowledge that people over 60 bring to our city’s clubs, groups and organisations. I’m also honoured to meet two very dedicated volunteers, Ann and Maureen, who have been volunteering at the after-school club in Ligoniel Community Centre for many years now,” Alderman Copeland said.
“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 at the awards ceremony in December,” she added.
Maureen Loughlin, said: “I’ve been volunteering at the after-school club in Ligoniel Community Centre after my daughter volunteered at the centre and then encouraged me to do so. It’s very rewarding and I do enjoy it.”
The awards ceremony will take place at Belfast City Hall on Wednesday 5 December 2018.
Full details on the 2018 Age-friendly Older Volunteer Awards including guidance notes and nomination forms are available at http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/community/Volunteering/oldervolunteerawards.aspx

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