Thrive Balbriggan wins National Volunteer Ireland Award for Promotion of Wellbeing

by Gazette Reporter
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Thrive Balbriggan are winners of the 2023 Volunteer Award in the Medium Group Category at the annual Volunteer Ireland Awards. 

They have won for their commitment to mental health and wellbeing promotion on a local level. 

The Awards ceremony took place last Saturday in Limerick where Thrive Balbriggan was represented by Áine O’Beirne, Mwanaidi Mohamed, Joe McKenna and Séamus Quigley.

The Volunteer Ireland Awards are the national awards for volunteering in Ireland. Their aim is to recognise and celebrate outstanding commitment and dedication of individuals and groups making a difference in their communities. Awards are presented for one of 3 shortlisted volunteers in 12 individual and group categories.

Commenting on the win, Thrive Balbriggan Chairperson, Joe McKenna, said: “It’s incredible to get the recognition nationally for the work everyone involved with Thrive Balbriggan has put in. It’s a very proud moment for the group and will only drive us on further”.

Thrive Balbriggan is a community-led movement introduced to Ireland in 2021 by Mental Health Ireland. The aim of Thrive is to create a happy and healthy community in Balbriggan by conducting projects and events aiming at improving mental health and wellbeing. The group activities include organisation of Connect Cafes meetings, trainings, and workshops promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. The current group initiative is Balbriggan Great Places & Spaces project which aims to creatively produce an intergenerational map and guide for the whole community. Among Thrive members are representatives of distinct groups, organisations, service providers and local authorities based in Balbriggan as well as members of the local community.  

Caroline Brogan, Mental Health Ireland Development Officer and Lead for Thrive said: “This is a fantastic accomplishment, underscoring the significant strides the group has made in garnering national recognition for their impactful work at the local level. It’s a testament to the dedication and effectiveness of the entire team.”

Thrive Balbriggan is an initiative of Mental Health Ireland and is supported by Fingal County Council. For further information please contact: [email protected]

PHOTO – Joe McKenna, Séamus Quigley, Mwanidi Mohamed and Áine O’Beirne

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