Applications for the Mayor of Fingal’s Community Volunteer Awards are now open following a launch in County Hall, Swords on Wednesday.
The awards exist to acknowledge the efforts made by individuals who contribute positively to their communities in Fingal through increasing social cohesion and integration, the provision of community facilities and promotion of sports, culture and the arts in their area.
The Awards were launched by Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Chief Executive of Fingal, Paul Reid and RTE News Presenter Aengus MacGrianna who will present the community awards in Castleknock Hotel on May 31.
Speaking at the launch in Swords Castle, Mayor McCamley said: “I am always extremely proud of the level and diversity of volunteerism across Fingal from people of all ages and backgrounds. The awards are an opportunity to express our appreciation to those who dedicate time and effort to positively impacting those in their local area. Volunteerism not only contributes to the existence of sport, arts and culture but facilitates connection and integration throughout communities.”
Any individual who volunteers within Fingal County can be nominated for an award. Nominations will be accepted from the general public, community organisations and elected representatives. Applications for the awards are open until 4 pm on April 27, 2018.
Applications can be made online at: http://bit.ly/FMCVA2018
The Mayor of Fingal’s Community Volunteer Awards categories are: Social Inclusion, Active Citizenship, Creative Arts, Culture and Heritage, Community Facilities and Sports and Recreation.
Commenting on the awards, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council Paul Reid said: “Fingal County Council has built significant connections with many community volunteer groups and I have seen first-hand the huge contributions they make to communities throughout the county. I look forward to seeing these individuals being formally recognised for their dedication to sports, culture, and art and to improving social, mental and physical well-being in their areas.”
Winning nominations will be decided by a judging panel made up of representatives from a local authority, a Public Participation Network and a volunteer centre outside of Fingal.
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Senior Community Officer, Ide De Bairtiseil, RTÉ News newsreader, Aengus Mac Grianna, Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Mary McCamley, Public Participation Network Officer, Jamie Moore, Chief Executive of Fingal County Council, Paul Reid, Public Participation Network Officer Mary Harford and Principal Community Officer Pat Queenan at the launch of the Mayor’s Community Volunteer Awards in County Hall, Swords.