‘Shining Light’ Awards 2018 award nominations announced

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Thursday, May 24th, 2018
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The Confederation of Community Groups (CCG) has announced details of the nominations received for the Community Volunteering Awards of 2018.

Photograph: Columba O’Hare/ Newry.ie

The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards were established by the Confederation in memory of their esteemed colleague Patricia Graham, and this year marks the 10th Year of the Awards. 



The Awards ceremony which will take place in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Friday 8th June is the keynote event in the community/ voluntary calendar for the area.

Speaking before a meeting of this year’s Independent Adjudication Panel the CCG’s CEO Raymond Jackson paid tribute to the voluntary work carried out by the multitude of local groups throughout the past year.

“Once again we are humbled by the calibre and depth of nominations for our Community Volunteering Awards” said Raymond.



“This year’s nominations reflect a commitment and dedication to community life in this area that we are proud to acknowledge and celebrate. We are particularly indebted to our panel of adjudicators who give of their time to consider the significant number of nominations we have received.

“On behalf of the CCG’ s voluntary board I would like to once again to emphasise that the ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards are established, not as a competition among groups but as a means to recognise and promote the incredible work of the community and voluntary sector in this area.

He added, “Without such commitment civic life in this area would simply not function.”



Nominations for the ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards 2018 are as follows:  

Age 16 to 24

o             Óisín Goodwin ( St Mary’s Youth Club)
o             Josef Mc Guigan (Carnagat)
o             Josh Brown (Bessbrook)


Age 25 to 49

o             Gemma Clarke (SPACE)
o             Sinéad Mc Grath (Arbour House)
o             Matthew Marshall (NRC)
o             Lawrence Mc Cullough (Cedar Foundation)
o             (Barry) Ernie Campbell (Nominated by BBRA)
o             Tracy Pache (Alzheimers)
o             Delores Hughes (Alzhemiers)
o             Clara Killen (An Ríocht Camogie Club)
o             Kerrie Cartmill (TAG)




Age 50 to 64

o             Úna Walsh – (Nominated by Women & Family Health Group)
o             Harry Hughes – Cabbage Patchers
o             Gabriel Bradley – (Alzheimer’s volunteer with Side by Side project)
o             Karen Rafferty (NRC)
o             Colin Thompson (Home Secured Project)
o             Seán Byrne (Home Secured Project)
o             Margaret Convery (Alzheimers)
o             Maura Cunningham (AMH)
o             Marion Mc Dowell (Annalong Community Assoc)


Age 65+

o             Rita Longridge (Arbour House)
o             John Mc Knight – Home Secured Project
o             John White (Alzheimer’s volunteer with Side by Side project)
o             Lena Smith (Mayobridge Women’s Group)
o             Canon Jameson (Kilbroney Luncheon Club)
o             Georgina Jennings (Happy Days Club)
o             Mrs May Cull (SWALLOWS)
o             Francie Doyle (Burren Community Assoc)
o             Sean Maguire (Newry Felons Assoc)
o             Jennifer Kelly (NMSCC)
o             Phil Morrow (Newry & Mourne Older Peoples Forum




Older Peoples Project

o             Newry VIP – Visually Impaired
o             Ballyholland Sunshine Club (CDHN)
o             Accolade Ukulele Orchestra
o             Derrybeg Community Allotments
o             City of Newry U3A


Young Peoples Project

o             Clanrye Group Regener8 Programme
o             Ballybot Girls
o             Derrybeg Divas
o             Bessbrook / Cloughreagh Youth Group
o             All Together Now (Kingdom Youth Club)

Community Group / Association

o             Autism Families Community Support Group x 3
o             Home Start Newry & Mourne x 2
o             The Eariwig Festival
o             Accolade (All Communities Art Communication) Community Choir
o             Community Centre for Warrenpoint
o             Kingdom Men’s Shed




Community Project / Service

o             Newry & Mourne Community Transport ‘Dial a Lift Service’
o             The Brain Injury Foundation
o             Home Start Newry & Mourne – Charity Shop
o             Carnagat Community Association 40th Anniversary Celebration of Parkhead Crescent
o             Alzheimer’s Society – Side by Side Service
o             The Cabbage Patchers Gardening Project
o             Pride in Newry Parade & Festival (NRC)
o             National Childbirth Trust – Seána Talbot (Nominated by CDHN)
o             Volunteers @ Southern Area Hospice
o             The Rainbow Club, Crossmaglen
o             Cancer Research Newry
o             Clanrye Group
o             St Vincent De Paul, Newry
o             Davina’s Ark Aftercare Addiction Services



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