Renew Enterprises from Waterford City scooped the overall award at the 19th Annual Waterford PPN Community & Voluntary Awards last Thursday evening at the gala awards ceremony in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Renew Enterprises will represent Waterford at the 2024 Pride of Place Awards, a national competition. This prestigious award is presented to the group which demonstrates excellence in Community Participation and Involvement, the judges said: The quality of the Social Enterprise nominations was extremely high this year and all groups should be very proud in what they have achieved and with their plans for the future. One nomination however, stood out from the rest. This organisation wraps itself around the mantra of social inclusion, while leading the way in sustainability. Ultimately though, they create high quality products that are recycled or upcycled, while giving opportunities to people who may not have the chance to gain employment and training through other channels. A packed house of 200 people attended the gala ceremony which included Cllr. Declan Doocey, Deputy Mayor Waterford City & County Council, TD Matt Shanahan, Senator John Cummins, Council officials, sponsors, adjudicators, Waterford City & County Council staff, Secretariat members of Waterford PPN and representatives from all groups and individuals nominated for this year’s awards.
CATEGORY AWARDS WINNERS
Children & Youth sponsored by Expressway – An Sean Phobal Ladies Football Club
Environment & Conservation sponsored by South East Energy Agency – Ballymacarbry Tidy Towns
Health & Wellbeing sponsored by BHP Insurance – Clashmore & Kinsalebeg Community Council
Social Enterprise sponsored by Cairde Credit Union & Waterford Credit Union – Renew Enterprises
Social Inclusion & Community Support sponsored by Local Link Waterford– KGK (Knockanore, Glendine, Kilwatermoy) Community Development
Spik & Span Best Kept Residential Area sponsored by Waterford City & County Council – Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association
INDIVIDUAL AWARDS – Sponsored by WATERFORD VOLUNTEER CENTRE:
Age Friendly Volunteer of the Year – Eileen O’Toole, Waterford Marine Search & Rescue
Board/Committee Volunteer of the Year – Vivienne Burns, Helping Hands Waterford
Junior Volunteer of the Year – Sean Murphy, Roanmore GAA
Waterford PPN Community & Voluntary Awards scheme is the only platform in Waterford that recognises and celebrates the commitment and vibrancy of the community and voluntary sector and the value of the voluntary contribution made by community and voluntary groups and volunteers.
Shortlisted Nominees Announced for 2023 Awards
CLOSING DATE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER !!
Group Categories & Prizes
Children & Youth – Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Environment & Conservation– Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Health & Wellbeing – Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Social Enterprise – Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Social Inclusion & Community Support – Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Spick & Span/Best Kept Residential Area – Winner receives €700 & 2 x €300 runners up prizes
Junior Volunteer of the year
This award recognises the outstanding contribution that an individual under the age of 18 has made to their local community. Now is your chance to nominate those young people who encourage, support, lead, and inspire others in your community.
Age Friendly Volunteer of the Year
This award is dedicated to those volunteers over the age of 55 who continue to bring knowledge, wisdom, and skills to clubs, organisations, groups, and the community. Our communities benefit greatly from their experience, and we would like to see them recognised for their contributions. Age Friendly Online Nomination Form
Board/Committee Member of the Year
This award spotlights those volunteers who work behind the scenes. Without the tireless contribution of board/committee members, many organisations would cease to exist. Their workload increases year on year as governance and charity reporting requirements continue to grow. Nominate your local hardworking committee member today. Board/Committee Member Online Nomination Form
The winning group (Chosen from the winners of the 6 group category awards) will be put forward by Waterford City & County Council to represent Waterford in the 2024 national All Island Pride of Place awards.
So, go ahead and get nominating your local community and voluntary groups and heros
Closing date for receipt of nominations is WEDNESDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER 2023
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