The winners of the first Belfast Telegraph Making the Difference Awards, in association with Spar, will be announced on March 9, 2011.
Hundreds of nominations from across Northern Ireland were submitted to 11 categories to find the individuals, projects and businesses that make a positive impact to the daily lives of people. The successful shortlist of inspirational nominees will be invited to be part of the audience at a glittering gala event in the Grand Opera House, Belfast, where the winners will be revealed.
Best Garden Sponsor Westland Horticulture
Mary Campbell, territory sales manager for Westland Horticulture, explained why the company supported the awards:
Sponsoring the ‘Best Garden’ was a natural for Westland
As a locally based company it is great for Westland Horticulture to become involved with events that support and highlight the achievements of those living in the local community.
“Businesses play a huge part within the local community providing valuable employment. With a workforce locally of over 220 people, Westland is one of the largest contributors to the area.
“Sponsoring the ‘Best Garden’ category at the awards was a natural thing for Westland Horticulture. We provide a wide range of products to the gardening industry to enable consumers to create wonderful and healthy looking gardens, of which there are many within the Belfast region.”
Best Street: We want to find the street where there is an amazing sense of community pride, shown through activities which involve everyone in the area.
Best School: A school that has an ‘outreach’ project where pupils go into the community, raise money for local causes or have gone ‘green’ within the school.
Best Volunteer: Someone who has worked tirelessly in the voluntary sector for many years.
Best Neighbour: A person considered to be the ‘heart’ of the street. They look after their neighbours and are always there to help.
Best Enterprise: This business has helped improve the environment or ‘given back’ to the community through school programmes.
Best Art/Sport/Community Project: We are looking for a person who helps give groups fresh purpose.
Spirit of Youth: This is for a bright spark who has demonstrated great achievements at a young age. They have achieved academic, sporting or artistic heights.
Service with a Smile: This is the person who gives everything they have to their job and the people they help.
999 Hero: Someone who, through an act of bravery, has saved a life. They can be a member of the public or emergency services personnel.
Best Garden: This ‘oasis’ doesn't need to be set in acres. It could be the little urban garden that brightens up dull streets or a small back garden.
Carer in the Community:This person has dedicated time to looking after someone in their home.
Making The Difference Award: The overall honour awarded to an outstanding individual, organisation or project that has made a huge contribution to the community.