‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards coming soon

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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
The Confederation of Community Groups ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards will take place on Thursday night 7th June in Bellini’s. Just fewer than fifty nominations were received for individuals and organisations and an Independent Adjudicating Panel judged the entries. The aim of the Community Volunteering Awards is to honour the life and work of Patricia Graham by recognising the significant contribution made by others to meet the needs of the local community through volunteering. Patricia Graham had a personal commitment and involvement with helping those in need; both in her role as a volunteer and as an employee of the Confederation of Community Groups working in support of volunteers. The Community Volunteering Awards were open to Group & organisations who are affiliated to the Confederation of Community Groups. The diversity of nominees for both individuals and groups highlights the wide range of activities and organisations which make-up the local community and voluntary sector. The winners will be announced on the night of the Awards Event in Bellini’s. The Individual ‘Shining Light’ Awards were divided by age categories. The Under 24 age group includes Amy Boyd, Noeleen Harper and Tiarna Byrne. The 25-49 Age Group are: Edward Kali, Noeleen Haughey, Gavin Finnegan, Bernice Shiel and Melissa Lennon, Daniel Hollywood, Michelle Kearney, Ciaran Burns, Kathleen Sheridan & Barbara Fitzgerald, David McClurg and Marie O’Hagan. The 50 plus group are: Bronagh McVeigh, Houston McVeigh, Patricia Clarke, Seamus Morgan, Hugh Gillece, Kevin Murphy, Phil McDonald, Mary Burns, Angela Donnelly, Stanley Speers, Ian Hunter, Eileen Mooney and Henry McDoanald. There are four sections in the Group Awards. The Youth Work Nominees are: Kingdom Youth Club, Greater Cloughreagh Youth Group, Windmill Stars Youth Soccer Club, St Mary’s Youth Club, Youth Fest NI, Three Ways Youth Club and Happy Helpers. The Community Work Section includes Tí Chulaínn Cultural Centre, ‘Little Stars’ Parent & Toddler Group, Community Restorative Justice Newry & Armagh, Newry Drama Festival, Belong Anti-Bullying Project and Homestart. There are two nominations for the ‘Older People Groups; the Good Morning/Good Neighbour Project and M.A.T.T. The Charities Work Section includes the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Café, Newry & Mourne ME & Fibromyalgia Support Group, WEAST Chernobyl, Newry Branch MS Society and Newry Citizen’s Advice Bureau.
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