Crowds gather at the Colin Allotments for the Colin Volunteer Awards.
Volunteers from the Colin area of West Belfast have been recognised at a special celebration event organised by Colin Neighbourhood Partnership (CNP).
The event, held at the Colin Allotments Community Garden in Poleglass, saw volunteers from all walks of life gather to receive certificates of nomination. Kate Campbell, volunteer with CNP and ex-Director of Children’s Services and Social Work at the South Eastern Trust, presented special awards to a number of people as a way of recognising their volunteering efforts within the Colin community.
Colin Neighbourhood Partnership’s Volunteer Coordinator, Gemma McCaughley, said at the event: “We received nearly 100 nominations in 6 categories for the Colin Volunteer Awards, it is clear that people in the Colin community are so grateful for the work local volunteers do. I would like to congratulate everyone who was nominated as they clearly made a significant impact on the people and groups they support. It is an honour to give our local volunteers the praise and recognition they deserve and on behalf of the Colin community I thank you for giving up your time and skills to support others. Thanks must also go to event funders Department for Communities and Belfast City Council.”
The full list of Colin Volunteer Award recipients are:
Adult Volunteer of the Year – Harry Cunningham and Liam Cunningham (Joint Winners), who volunteer with Saints Boxing Club in Twinbrook.
Young Volunteer of the Year – Aoife Din, who volunteers with Inspire NI Judo Club.
Small Volunteer Group of the Year – The Colin Youth Personal Growth Group, who volunteer in nursing homes.
Large Volunteer Group of the Year – Good Morning Colin Volunteers, who provide a telephone support service for older people.
Best Newcomer Award – The Colin Community Champions Project, who undertake development projects in the Colin area.
Exemplary Contribution to the Colin Community – Mary McNeill, who has volunteered with Footprints Womens Centre in Poleglass for 20 years.
Kate Thompson (centre) presents Liam Cunningham (left) and Harry Cunningham (right) with Adult Volunteer of the Year Award at the Colin Volunteer Awards, organised by Colin Neghbourhood Partnership.
Kate Thompson (left) presents volunteer Aoife Din with a Colin Volunteer Award for Young Volunteer of the Year.
The Colin Youth Personal Growth Group receive their award for Small Volunteer Group of the Year at CNP's Colin Volunteer Awards.
Good Morning Colin volunteers receive their award for Large Volunteer Team at the Colin volunteer Awards.
Volunteers with the Colin Community Champions Project recieive the Newcomer Award at this year's Colin Volunteer Awards.
Kate Thompson (left) presents volunteer Mary McNeill (right) with a Colin Volunteer Award for Exemplary Contribution to the Colin Community.