Making the Difference: Best Street
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 Street Sponsor Airtricity
Wayne Millar, NI domestic sales manager, Airtricity, said:
We recognise that while some “awards” recognise the achievements of the business or the sporting worlds, the Making the Difference awards actually promote the good work within communities which often goes unnoticed every day of every week. Airtricity is very keen to help acknowledge the efforts of everyday people to make a difference.
“Airtricity is much more than just a business. While we do have a customer offer which is terrific value, we also partner local communities where he have a presence, working with local representatives and members of communities to ensure we reflect the local make up.
“This is the ideal fit for Airtricity. We are bringing our offer to homes on every street in Northern Ireland and we want to help people make best use of their resources, especially in these less financially secure times.
“We know people in Northern Ireland take pride in their streets and we take pride in the Airtricity offer.
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.