Saturday 25 May 2019

Nominate someone for PPN Awards

The Secretariat of the Louth Public Participation Network continues to recognise and honour the outstanding achievements and contributions made by individuals and organisations in County Louth in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

The Awards brings together individuals and organisations to celebrate their amazing contributions made over the last year and acknowledge this through an evening of celebration.

The Awards are open to nominations in the following categories Arts & Culture; Environment/Animals; Children & Youth; Older Persons and Disability; Ethnic Minorities; Sports; Voluntary Team of the Year; and Outstanding Individual Achievement.

In attendance at the launch of the 2018 Awards was Benny Grogan, the 2017 Award recipient in the Older Persons/Disability Category.

Benny is a member of Louth W.A.T.C.H. Club (Walking and Tandem Cycling for Health) for the blind and visually impaired. The club was established to support social inclusion and interaction, and to reduce the isolation of blindness by self help and independence.

The club promotes activity through walking and cycling most weekends in Louth, throughout the north east and beyond. They achieve this by recruiting and training sighted volunteers with the relevant skills required. Following from Benny's award win at the 2017 Louth PPN Awards, he went on to win the National Volunteer Ireland Award 2017 in the area of Sport/Recreation. He was also shortlisted in the 2017 Charity Impact Awards.

With over 270 community groups now registered with Louth PPN please make sure that individuals and groups in your community receive the acknowledgement that they deserve. Please submit your nomination now via the nomination form in your local paper or contact Mary Capplis, Louth PPN Resource Worker on for a nomination form.

Information on Louth PPN: Louth PPN is the framework for citizen engagement and participation and is the main link for the community and voluntary sector to connect with the Local Authority. It provides an opportunity for community groups to avail of training, to network, to share information and learn from other groups in your area.

Your PPN Representatives are the voice of the community at local decision making level. Further information on Louth PPN is available on

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