Blankets of Hope, an IHF Seed Grant project in conjunction with the Déise Women’s Shed in Dungarvan, Waterford came second in the ‘Community Wellbeing Initiative’ category of the 2021 National ‘Pride of Place’ Awards for providing a great resource for women in the locality and providing a sense of belonging to its members.
The 2021 IPB Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place awards took place at the INEC Killarney, Co. Kerry, having been postponed in 2020 due to COVID-19. The IPB Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place competition is an all-island competition recognising improvements made by local communities to create civic pride in their areas.
With support from Creative Ireland, IHF Seed Grants were set up to inspire and support the work of groups, organisations or individuals who wished to mark in some tangible way their response to the universal realities of dying, death, and bereavement.
400 delegates attended the IPB Pride of Place Awards in May to celebrate 86 community groups from across Ireland.
The awards are hosted by Kerry County Council and Kerry Cathaoirleach Jimmy Moloney said:
“The response of community and voluntary groups across Ireland over the past two years during the pandemic and currently in supporting the integration of refugees from Ukraine makes it an appropriate time to acknowledge this outstanding work.”
To emphasise the spirit of the awards, Chairman of IPB Insurance George Jones said:
“The IPB Pride of Place Awards are an ideal platform to recognise the positive social impacts being made in communities across the island of Ireland. I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the communities involved for their spirit of collaboration and camaraderie in making it to the finals.”