Nominations are in and the Confederation of Community Groups (CCG) have just announced all the organisations and individuals shortlisted for the Community Volunteering Awards of 2017.

The ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards were established by the Confederation in memory of Patricia Graham, a dedicated member of the CCG who sadly passed away in 2009.

The Awards ceremony will take place in the Canal Court Hotel, Newry on Friday 2nd June as part of Celebrating Volunteers Week in this area.

The Judging panel for the 2017 Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards. Pictured from left are Victor Coert, Principal Kilkeel High School;  Colette Ruddy, Community Volunteer; Hugh Mallon, Former Principal, St Joseph’s Boys High School;  Frances Mc Carthy, Newry Credit Union – Main Sponsor; Raymond Jackson, CEO CCG;  Mary Mc Loughlin, Graham Family Representative and Gerry Carey, CCG.  Photograph: Columba O'Hare
The Judging panel for the 2017 Confederation of Community Groups, Patricia Graham Shining Light Community Volunteering Awards. Pictured from left are Victor Coert, Principal Kilkeel High School; Colette Ruddy, Community Volunteer; Hugh Mallon, Former Principal, St Joseph’s Boys High School; Frances Mc Carthy, Newry Credit Union – Main Sponsor; Raymond Jackson, CEO CCG; Mary Mc Loughlin, Graham Family Representative and Gerry Carey, CCG. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

Speaking before a meeting of this year’s Independent Adjudication Panel the CCG’s CEO Mr. Raymond Jackson paid a warm tribute to the voluntary work carried out by all the local groups throughout the past year. 

“CCG is heartened by the number and quality of the nominations we have received for our Community Volunteering Awards” said Raymond, “this year’s nominations reflect a continuing commitment and dedication to community life in this area that we are proud to acknowledge and celebrate. 

We are once again indebted to our panel of adjudicators who give of their time to consider the significant number of nominations we have received. On behalf of the CCG’ s voluntary board I would like to take this take this opportunity to thank all those individuals and groups who took the time to submit nominations to the Awards.  The Awards are established as a means to recognise and promote the incredible work of the community and voluntary sector in this area without which civic life in this area would simply not function.”

Nominations for the ‘Shining Light’ Community Volunteering Awards 2017

Category:  Age 16-24

· Alaina McGuigan, Our Lady’s Grammar School

· Aoife McCloy, Down Right Brilliant

· Cailim McParland, S.P.A.C.E.

· Johnny Savage, PIPS Newry & Mourne

· Melissa Quinn, Down Right Brilliant 

Category:  Age 25-49

· Brian Cleland, Newry 2020

· Cathal Evans, Clanrye Group Ltd

· Dara Vowles, Lislea Community Association

· Darren Magee, Alzheimer’s Society

· Paula McGuigan Carnagat Area Community Association

· Rory Rafferty, Newry Rainbow Community

· Vessie Ivonov, Accolade Choir                                                   

Category:  Age 50-64

· Ann McGivern, Newry Street Unite

· Bernadette Sands, Newry Gateway Club

· Bridie Hughes Action Mental Health

· Bronagh McVeigh, Citizens Advice Newry, Mourne & Down

· Delores Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society

· Edith Edgar, Annalong Over 60s Club

· Geraldine McCarthy, CARA Club

· Linda Farnon, Older Peoples Community Project

· Mairéad Robb, Down Right Brillant

· Margaret O’Gorman, Puzzles Playgroup

· Pádraig Lynch, Newry Rainbow Community

· Roishín Magennis, South Down Community Rescue Service

· Sean Quinn, Run For Autism

Category:  Age 65+

· Alice McEvoy, SWALLOWS Women's Group

· Annie Morgan, Kilbroney Luncheon Club

· Ciaran Hanna, Alzheimer’s Society

· Elaine Cousins, Home Start Newry & Mourne

· Irene Harbinson, Southern Area Hospice

· Joey McKinley, Alzheimer’s Society

· John White, Alzheimer’s Society

· Kathleen Marmion, South Armagh Blind & Visually Impaired

· Leo Collins, Home Secured Scheme

· Rose Cunningham, Kilbroney Luncheon Club

· Sylvia McElroy, Newry Gateway Club

Category:  Youth Work

· Bluesberry

· Greater Linenhall Area Youth Group

· Magnet Centre Management Committee

· Martins Lane Youth Group

· Newry Street Unite Youth Group

· Shamrock Youth Club

Category:  Older People Services

· Ballybot Seniors

· Comfort Zone

· Good Morning Service

· Mourne Home to Hospital          

Category:  Community Project / Service

· Barcroft Community Garden

· Derrybeg BMX Project

· Remembrance Service of Light

· Crossmaglen & District Community First Responders

· Davina’s Ark Aftercare Addiction Services

· Derrybeg Community Allotments

· Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

· Positive Futures

· Pride in Newry Festival & Parade

· South Down Community Rescue Service

· The Mourne Lodge

Category:  Community Group / Association

· Accolade

· Ballybot Community Association

· Drumgath Ladies Group

· Eari-wig Community Festival

· Greater Linenhall Area Community Association

· Home Start Newry & Mourne

· Killowen Fundraising Group for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

· Martin’s Lane Area Community Association

· Newry Felons Association

· Newry Street Unite

· Newry 2020

· PIPS Newry & Mourne

· Polish Families Community Association