Waterford PPN Covid-19 Community Winners

Waterford PPN would like to thank all of the groups and individuals that were nominated for this year’s PPN awards. We know that the last 18 months have been very strange and extremely challenging times and the need for services escalated and the voluntary sector in Waterford stood up to the challenge as they always do in times of crisis. They have gone well above and beyond their usual roles as volunteers, the heroes in your communities.

This year we were delighted to collaborate for the first time with Waterford Volunteer Centre and introduced two new awards to recognise the efforts of individuals in response to the Covid-1 9 pandemic. The pandemic highlighted the vast resource that volunteers bring to their communities like providing supports to the elderly and vulnerable by bringing groceries, collecting prescriptions, walking dogs, or simply by calling and checking in. Others responded to the growing isolation that was being felt by setting up virtual chat groups or local walking groups when restrictions permitted.

Thanks to our collaborators and sponsors, Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Volunteer Centre and a huge shout out to all the adjudicators Dein Laoghaire-Rathdown PPN, Kerry PPN, Kilkenny PPN, Laois PPN, Offaly PPN, Tipperary PPN, Cork Volunteer Centre, Offaly Volunteer Centre and Roscommon Volunteer Centre for the unenviable task they had in adjudicating. The adjudicators were extremely impressed with the commitment and selfless dedication and remarked on how evident it is that the volunteers in Waterford are making a huge difference to the quality of lives in their local and wider communities particularly in these testing times.

Covid-19 Community Champion Winner – Billy Gallagher, Waterford City River Rescue

Billy has been volunteering for 12 years with Waterford City River Rescue. Over this time, he has helped save countless lives. He is also the Training Officer and so trains other crew members to enable them to save lives. He is renowned for passing down knowledge and instilling a sense of dedication in other crew members. He is held in high esteem by his crew members who say that “through searches, rescues and life, Billy is there through thick and thin”.

Covid-19 Special Project Award Winner – John Mansfield, St Anne’s Court Residents Association, Lemybrien

John has been volunteering for many, many years with St Anne’s. There is no job too big or too small and despite being referred to as one of the older residents on the estate, he certainly takes on the lion’s share of the work. From cutting grass, growing sunflowers and pumpkins, and engaging younger generations in keeping the place litter free, John creates a wonderful atmosphere in the community. He always has a smile and chat for everyone, and the residents feel they are privileged to have him.

Category winners and runner ups

Age Friendly category:

WINNER: Waterford Older Peoples Council (OPC)

Runners up:

  • Dr. Martin Day Centre for the Elderly
  • Francis Court Age Action Group
  • Tay & Mahon Valley ARA

Arts, Culture & Heritage category:

WINNER: The Walls Project

Children & Youth category:

WINNER: St. Pauls Boxing Club

Runners up:

  • Pauls Scout Group
  • Woodlands Brownies Villierstown
  • XLC Project WSTCS

Environment category:

WINNER: ‘Top of the City’ Community Garden

Runners up:

  • Dungarvan Tidy Towns
  • Irish Bee Conservation
  • Tallow Tidy Towns

Healthy & Active Community category:

WINNER: St. Declan’s Way Management Committee

Runners up:

  • Ballinameela Community Centre
  • Comeragh Community Development Committee
  • Mental Health & Suicide Awareness

Residents Groups/Associations category:

WINNER – Tournore Court Residents Association

Runners up:

  • Belvedere Manor Residents Association
  • Larchville Lisduggan Residents Association
  • Na Fearnoga Residents Association
  • Templars Hall Residents Association

Social Enterprise category:

WINNER: Carbally Community Development Project

Runners up:

  • Trash to Treasure
  • Waterford City & River Rescue

Social Inclusion category:

WINNER: Surprise Surprise Dungarvan & West Waterford

Runners up:

  • Sacred Heart FRC – Waterford Social Prescribing Service
  • Waterford Disability Network