Kerry Community Awards 2009

Released: 21 November 2008

Two new categories have been introduced for the 2009 Kerry Community Awards, which was launched at the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Friday, November 21st.

A Social & Community Enterprise category has been introduced to showcase the number of such businesses that have grown up around the county. In addition, the Pride of Place category formalises the link between the Kerry Community Awards and the national Pride of Place Awards, which Kerry has enjoyed such success in.

The awards themselves will be presented at a gala ceremony on April 2nd, 2009, and celebrate the work of volunteer and community organisations around Kerry.

“More than ever in our changing economic climate, the work of community and voluntary organisations is critical,” County Manager Tom Curran explained. “The work carried out by these groups helps to complement the work that Kerry County Council does throughout the county, in making Kerry a better place to live in.

“Whether it is the work that they do within the community, or the additional services they help to provide, they create a sense of civic pride, a sense of ownership within their own communities.”

The objective of the Kerry Community Awards scheme is to recognise, reward and encourage the work of the community and voluntary sector who work to improve the social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life in our local communities.

“The Kerry Community Awards scheme is a way of giving something back, recognising the efforts of these groups who do so much to bring communities together,” Director of Community & Enterprise, and Chair of the Kerry Community Awards Committee, John Breen explained.

“Over the years, the organisations and groups who have been honoured through the Kerry Community Awards have been delighted to be recognised for their efforts. Our aim is that through the Awards, we can highlight this valuable work and hope that more people will become involved in making Kerry a better place in which to live.”

On April 2nd next, Awards will be presented to voluntary groups in Kerry under the following categories:

Categories for 2008/2009

Heritage and Environment
This category refers to projects carried out by groups concerned with the preservation, protection and promotion of Kerry’s natural environment and/or heritage. Projects can range from community publications through to conservation and protection work for the benefit of the wider community.
Community Services
This category relates to the provision of a non profit-making service to meet an expressed need in a community. Eligible services include those involved in prevention, early intervention as well as in direct provision. Services can range from projects providing community information through to services for a particular group in the community.
Social & Community Enterprises
Social and Community Businesses exist primarily to deliver a social objective. They differ from other economic or enterprise organisations in that they have a social, community or ethical purpose, they operate using a commercial business model and they have a legal status appropriate to not-for-personal-profit .
Community Arts and Culture
This category refers to non-profit making projects involving communities expressing themselves through an art form or a cultural activity. Eligible projects include groups involved in collective creative activities working for the benefit of the wider community.
Physical Activity
This category refers to projects that increase participation in sport, physical activity and active recreation Projects should focus on providing positive experiences for the community and should be inclusive. Projects should offer everyone in the community an opportunity to participate in activity with an emphasis on participation and self-improvement.
Pride of Place
This category is linked to the national Pride of Place Competition. It recognises and celebrates the vital contributions that communities working in partnership make to society. The focus is on people coming together to shape, change and enjoy all that is good about their local area. The category winners will go on to represent Co Kerry at National level.

In addition there will two special prizes:
Youth Award
A special Award to celebrate the difference young people can make when they work together on a project, which tackles issues of social concern in their communities. The aim of the award is to recognise and reward young people involved in voluntary work. The winning project will be chosen from the entries across the six categories.

Groups from Gaeltacht Areas
A special Award for Groups from the Gaeltacht areas in Co. Kerry. The winning Project can come from any one of the six categories.
The best entry from a Gaeltacht community will be recognised through a special presentation by Údaras na Gaeltachta. The winning Project can come from any one of the six categories.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

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