Variety of groups recognised on night
Public Participation Network annual awards night hosted by Bellingham Castle
David Walsh proves that having a disability does not prevent you from being a key member of the volunteer community.
With the support of his carers, David is a full time, professional volunteer and makes his time available to charities for fundraising activities and fills his days by helping others.
Family Addiction Support Network Facilitators
Their role is to provide a service for family members experiencing extreme difficulties living with addiction. They provide three hours per week plus an extra two hours per month to deliver peer support to family members living with addiction issues.
Some facilitators have been involved for 16 years and continue to deliver an expert service thanks to their vast experience.
They also take part in fundraising and are true community heroes.
The Youth Project gives young people the opportunity to become active community members by providing leadership and child protection awareness training.
They also run a homework club and a youth club for five nights a week for people aged 8-18.
They have done so much for the Muirhevnamor area and have done everything from street clean ups to Christmas and holiday projects.
The group now supports nearly 400 older people, triple the amount from last year.
Their service aims to tackle loneliness and support older people in their homes.
They run a befriending telephone service and organise social events.
Over 60% of the volunteers are aged over 60, also providing them with a great way to stay in the community.
Cuchulainn Celtic Strings group
Celtic strings is a community based group of young musicians who play and promote Irish Trad music in Louth and the North East.
They've played at cultural events throughout the region, including the Ulster Fleadh and the Fleadh in Drogheda.
Under the direction of Noreen McManus, these young people are doing something good for their community, while playing and enjoying their music.