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Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards 2017

The Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards, supported by Volunteer Now, are an opportunity for Belfast-based community and voluntary groups and organisations to recognise their volunteers who are aged 60 years and over.

The awards celebrate the considerable contribution and positive impact that older volunteers make to the work of a wide variety of Belfast organisations and groups. 

The 2017 award categories are:

  • The Older Volunteer of the Year Award recognises an individual volunteer whose contribution over the last 12 months has made a significant difference to the work of the nominating organisation.
  • The Marie Mathews Participation Award aims to recognise a volunteer who embodies the true spirit of volunteering, either through volunteering for a number of groups or through actively encouraging others to be involved. It can also be someone whose length of volunteer service deserves to be recognised.
  • The Arts and Culture Award recognises a volunteer who makes a difference through the arts, culture or creative projects.
  • The Take 5 Active Ageing Award aims to recognise a volunteer who is involved in a project which improves physical, mental or emotional health.
  • The Team or Group Award celebrates two or more volunteers who are involved in the same project, programme or service within an organisation.

2017 winners

 Category  Winner  Nominated by
Older Volunteer of the Year Award Elizabeth Sillery Agapé Centre, south Belfast
Marie Mathews Participation Award Albert McIntyre Mount Merrion Parish Church minister
Arts and Culture Award Nora Greer Fighting Words Belfast
Take 5 Active Ageing Joan Nicholson Mark Turner
Team or Group Award TinyLife Family Support volunteers Sam Brush, TinyLife


Special Award

Susan Neilly was also recognised with a special award for her tireless volunteering in her role as Chair of the Greater Shankill Senior Citizens’ Forum. Susan sadly passed away after the nomination period, so her award was accepted by her daughter Sarah.




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