Just one week left to nominate your Age-Friendly Belfast Older Volunteers!

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Image: Belfast deputy Lord Mayor Sonia Copeland, left, with Deirdre O’Hare, Age-Friendly Belfast Older Volunteer of the Year 2016

There’s just one week to go until the deadline for Age-Friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards 2017 nominations.

Belfast based community, voluntary and charitable groups and organisations are invited to nominate their volunteers aged 60 and over before next Friday, October 20.

The Belfast City Council awards scheme, supported by Volunteer Now and Belfast 89 FM, provide a valuable opportunity to shine the spotlight on older volunteers and to recognise and celebrate their impact on life in the city.

Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Sonia Copeland, Chair of Belfast City Council’s all party reference group on older people, said: “The Age-Friendly Older Volunteer Awards celebrate the expertise, skills and knowledge that people over 60 bring to our city’s clubs, groups and organisations.

This year’s categories are:

• Older Volunteer of the Year Award: recognising an individual volunteer who has made a real impact on, or difference to, a group or organisation’s work from October 2016 – September 2017
• Marie Mathews Participation Award: recognising a volunteer who embodies the true spirit of volunteering
• Take 5 Active Ageing Award: recognising a volunteer who is involved in a project which improves physical, mental or emotional health
• Arts and Culture Award: recognising a volunteer who makes a difference through the arts, cultural or creative projects
• Team or group: recognising two or more volunteers who are involved in the same project, programme or service within an organisation

The awards ceremony takes place at Belfast City Hall in December. Full details including guidance notes and nomination forms are available at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/volunteering

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