The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council has congratulated the County Tyrone group who scooped a top prize in the annual IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards.
Councillor Linda Dillon was speaking after Coalisland and Dungannon Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership was named the winner in the ‘Community Health Initiative’ category of at the all-Ireland awards ceremony which was attended by more than 800 people from across the country.
Judges travelled to Coalisland and Dungannon in September this year to listen to presentations, see practical demonstrations and meet those who had delivered and benefited from the projects, which centred on addressing health needs in the local community, from alcohol and drugs awareness to preventative initiatives, including complementary therapies for those affected by cancer and suicide prevention.
It has been led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with the former Dungannon Council, now Mid Ulster District Council, Niamh Louise Foundation, LILAC Cancer Care and Breakthru. The project was funded by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund.
“I am delighted for the Partnership and for all the people who have worked so hard since the programme began seven years ago,” said Councillor Dillon.
“In that time, the impact on the local community has been substantial, helping to tackle some of the hardest social issues affecting some of the most vulnerable people, and making a tangible difference to the lives of countless individuals and families.
“This award is testament to that work and to the value of Neighbourhood Renewal Programme.”
In their citation the judges said, “The winning project impressed the judges by the extent of its outreach to so many impacted groups of people in its effort to improve the health and well-being of its community. The quality of the presentations, the excellent support from so many agencies, volunteer support groups and individual examples of the project impact offer great opportunities and hope for a long and healthy future”.
Francie Molloy MP, Chair of Coalisland & Dungannon Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership stated “I am very proud that the Coalisland Dungannon Neighbourhood Renewal Health project has received the award. It acknowledges the hard work carried out with the community, with youth and with the Mid Ulster Council. This is a great example of cooperation which the judges recognised and rewarded. I would like to thank everyone who took part including the volunteers, the residents, DSD and Council staff, the health group and coordinator for all their work.”
The Pride of Place Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of people who work tirelessly to create pride in their local area and a better place for local residents. Forty-three groups, ranging from those in small rural communities to groups in inner-city housing estates, took winning or runner up positions in the main and cities competitions. A further six groups received Special Awards, while one local authority received a special Council Award.