The Confederation of Community Groups has launched its ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards for 2015. The Patricia Graham ‘Shining Light Awards’ named in memory of Patricia Graham, a dedicated member of the staff team are held in June each year during Celebrating Volunteers Week. The Awards have grown year on year and are now one of the highlights on the community calendar for this area. This year once again the Confederation of Community Groups anticipates a very high level of interest in the awards as they recognize the tremendous contribution made by community volunteers to life in this area. The main sponsor of this year’s award is Newry Credit Union. “WE will be inviting nominations under 8 different Award Categories from groups or organisations affiliated to the Confederation of Community Groups. The Award Categories are Age 16-24, Age 25-49, Age 50-64, Age 65+, Older People’s Services, Community Group and Community Project,” David Cunningham, Chair of the Confederation of Community Groups said. “The nomination process will open on March 19 and provides a ‘window of opportunity’ for those groups or organisations not yet affiliated to do so and avail of all the benefits of affiliation. Once again we anticipate a high level of interest and a diverse range of nominations reflecting the community landscape locally.” The Confederation will be seeking sponsorship for each of the different Award Categories and as in previous years an Independent Adjudication Panel will be appointed. The panel will meet in early May to assess the nominations and the award winners. All nominees will be recognized at the Awards on Thursday June 4 in the Canal Court Hotel Newry.
25th February 2015