King’s Island pride group recognised at awards

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

Members of the Community Wellness Leadership and Life Skills, from Limerick city, with, from back, George Jones, chairman IPB, Dr Christopher Moran, chairman Co-Operation Ireland and Tom Dowling, chairman Pride of Place
A COMMUNITY empowerment group in King’s Island has won a Pride of Place award’ for its contribution to the north-side community, which was ravaged by floods earlier this week.

A COMMUNITY empowerment group in King’s Island has won a Pride of Place award’ for its contribution to the north-side community, which was ravaged by floods earlier this week.

The group called Community Wellness Empowerment Leadership & Life Skills scooped one of the special awards in the cities competition at the annual IPB Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Awards announced in Ennis.

The judges praised this “unique project”, which designed by the residents of King’s Island in consultation with the University of Limerick, with the objective of improving the well-being of a disadvantaged area and promoting healthier lifestyles for the residents of the community.

“It will empower people to lead and sustain positive change in their daily lives. It is early days of the project and the judges concur that it will be interesting to see the evaluation results when the project is completed in December 2015,” the judges noted in their citation.

More than 800 people attended the ceremony to hear the announcement of the winners and runners up in the 12th annual IPB Pride of Place Awards in association with Co-operation Ireland.

The awards recognise cities, towns and communities that show respect and inclusion for every sector in local areas and creating communities to which the people are proud to say they belong. Forty six groups, ranging from small rural communities to inner city estates, won accolades in the Main and Cities competition.