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Deadline Approaching: Mayor launches Galway City Mayor’s Awards to recognise exceptional year of volunteering during COVID-19

Deadline Approaching: Mayor launches Galway City Mayor’s Awards to recognise exceptional year of volunteering during COVID-19

·       Nominations for the Galway City Mayor’s Awards for 2020 are now OPEN.

The annual awards will formally recognise the outstanding contributions that local volunteers, community groups and voluntary organisations have made in supporting the residents of Galway City during the past year. In these unprecedented times, it is even more important to acknowledge those who have volunteered on the front line during the COVID-19 crisis bringing vital supplies, support and comfort to the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Throughout 2020, many people across Galway City have given up their time to support their communities in a range of different ways. Many people have made extraordinary efforts to continue their voluntary commitments they were involved in prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic by making adjustments in a safe and responsible way. Galway City Council wants all who volunteer to know their contribution is appreciated and valued and that volunteering is celebrated for its vital contribution to our society, developing communities as vibrant, inclusive and sustainable places where people want to live.

Mayor of Galway City, Cllr Mike Cubbard, is launching the awards to celebrate the incredible community spirit shown during last year in particular, and is asking residents to nominate their own community heroes for an award. 

Cllr Mike Cubbard said: “COVID-19 continues to present a significant challenge to us all. There are many people in Galway City who have needed additional help and support during these difficult times and I have been humbled by those who have come forward to help in countless different ways. I would like to know more about the kindness and support so many have given, and may still give, and to say thank you to you all.” He further noted that “as a city we have always depended on the great cohort of volunteers that give so generously of their time and energy year in year out. Back in March, as the crisis was emerging, we called on people to help meet the significant needs at community level and the response has been magnificent”.

Nominations are invited for individuals or groups who are involved in voluntary activity which takes place in the city in one of the following categories, reflecting the different facets of volunteering particularly within the context of the response to local needs during COVID-19:

·       Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award

·       Residents & Local Areas Award

·       Community Service & Social Inclusion Award

·       Older Person Volunteer of the Year Award

·       Sports Volunteer of the Year Award

·       Children and Youth Support Award

·       Young Volunteer of the Year Award

·       Environmental Sustainability Award

If you would like to nominate a person, community group or voluntary organisation for any of these award categories, you can complete a straightforward nomination form on the council website at . The closing date for on line nominations is Friday, 16th April 2021 at 5pm.

All nominations received will be considered and awards will be announced on  live by the Mayor of Galway City which will coincide with the launch of the Galway City Community Spirit video, a short video that will be commissioned to showcase and highlight the breath of community spirit and solidarity that continues very strongly, making a significant impact on the quality of all communities across Galway City. Each of the award winners will receive a specially commissioned trophy and a payment of €500 and all nominees will receive an individually designed Mayoral Certificate by post.

For further information on the Mayor’s Awards please email