Awards Presentation was on Tuesday 07/03/2023
The 2023 Good Relations Awards include a total of 5 categories. We invite you to submit nominations by clicking on “Nominate” in the relevant category below. We particularly welcome nominations from the T:BUC family of programmes.
Community Relations Council Exceptional Achievement Award (peace building)
This category has been awarded annually since 2006 by the Community Relations Council. It aims to recognize individual's who are instrumental in developing new pathways to peace and reconciliation, demonstrating sustained and long-term commitment to community relations work beyond a single community, across Northern Ireland and/or across the Border. Previous winners have influenced thinking on peace-building and community relations issues and embody the values of the Community Relations Council - fairness and justice (Equity), the peaceful celebration of variety and difference (Diversity) and the importance of sharing trust and inclusion (interdependence).
Good Relations Volunteer of the Year Award
In association with Volunteer Now this category aims to recognize the outstanding commitment of a Volunteer who is focused and dedicated to peacebuilding; supporting good relations programmes and initiatives in their local community. This award will recognise an individual helping to create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding. They will have brought people together, changing attitudes and embracing difference, developing mutual respect and understanding, strengthening and enhancing the celebration of cultural expression and diversity, all as an unpaid Volunteer.
Good Relations Community Champion Award
In association with NICVA this category aims to recognize the long standing and positive difference an individual has made to supporting good relations in their local area. This person is the driving force and leader for good relations in their local area, creating a community, which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced. This person regularly goes over and above to deliver and champion the community, while also supporting others and bringing them on the good relations journey. They may be a volunteer or be employed in this work.
Good Relations Youth Award (Under 25)
In association with NI Youth Forum this category aims to recognise and celebrate young people under the age of 25 who are delivering positive good relations work in their community. The award can be for an individual, group of young people, school, youth club or youth focused organisation. The nominee’s peacebuilding activity is helping to create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity and is somewhere cultural expression is celebrated and embraced. They bring people together, helping to develop mutual respect and understanding and enhancing the celebration and embracing of diversity.
Good Relations Connecting Communities Project of the Year Award
In association with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland this category is to recognise a group of local people who have formed a project or delivered an activity that brings together a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced, thus benefiting others in their neighbourhood. The judges would particularly encourage projects that focus on welcoming new communities or on bringing generations together, building good relations and dealing with peacebuilding issues within the community.