Nominate Your Local Eco-Volunteers for a Live Here Love Here Community Award

Community-based campaign, Live Here Love Here is calling for nominations for its 2022 Community Volunteer Awards by 14th February, with members of the public encouraged to show their support to those who contribute to making Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable place to live.

The awards are open to individuals, schools and community groups that undertake volunteer activities to tackle litter, improve shared spaces and help reduce the impact of climate change.  Nominations are also open to businesses if they are registered through the Adopt a Spot programme. You can nominate yourself, your group or others who you think are going above and beyond to make a difference.

Categories for nominations include ‘Connecting Communities,’ ‘Biodiversity Champion,’ the ‘Adopt a Spot’ Award sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, and a ‘Spirit of Live Here Love Here’ Award sponsored by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Minister for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots said: “There are many environmental heroes across Northern Ireland who work quietly and tirelessly, volunteering their time to benefit the wellbeing of their communities.

“With this event, we would like to thank, not only those showcased, but everyone connected to the Live Here Love Here campaign for their contribution to making Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener and safer place to live.”

Live Here Love Here’s Manager Helen Tomb commented: “We are looking forward to celebrating the dedication of community volunteers for their work all year round to improve the environment in Northern Ireland by tackling issues such as littering and biodiversity loss.

“The Live Here Love Here Community Awards event will give us an opportunity to celebrate these local heroes by recognising the difference that they make to the wellbeing and appearance of their communities.”

Winners will be announced during the Live Here Love Here Community Awards virtual event in March which will showcase voluntary action from across Northern Ireland. Each volunteer or group will have supported their community in 2021 by instilling civic pride and tackling environmental issues such as litter, biodiversity loss and pollution

The event will also celebrate the launch of Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful’s Carbon Literacy for Community Leaders training. This accredited training programme will support communities to take action on climate change by learning more about the role of carbon in the climate emergency and the steps they can take to become part of the solution.

To submit your nomination for the Live Here Love Here Community Awards, visit:  https://www.liveherelovehere.org/communityawards

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