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This event was part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, the Department for Communities and Health and Social Care.

Over 170 Participants Recognised At Our 2019 Awards Ceremony

News Story - 13/05/19


Orchardville’s 24th Annual Awards Ceremony was held on 8th May at Titanic Belfast, with the achievements of over 170 project participants recognised.

Speaking at the event Joan McGinn, Chief Executive, said “Our Annual Awards recognise the fantastic progress and achievements of participants who work exceptionally hard to get paid employment, complete qualifications and overcome barriers to progression. The annual awards ceremony provides an opportunity for service users, their families, employers, Orchardville staff and the wider community to come together to celebrate success. I would like to congratulate everyone involved on their commitment, hard work and tenacity”.

As always, the highlight of the event was the presentation of the Joanna Tuffy Endeavour Award. The award recognises an Orchardville participant who has shown true endeavor throughout the year. The 2019 award was won by Sarah Mooney from Belfast. Sarah joined Orchardville’s employment project, Ignite 2, five months ago and in that short time she has overcome personal barriers and shown excellent progress and commitment. Sarah gained work experience in the organisation’s award winning Orchard Café in Belfast and now feels ready to look for paid employment with the support of her Employment Officer.

A new award at this year’s event was the Open College Network (NI) Orchardville Ambassador Award, which recognises those that have guided other participants. Two very deserving individuals, Darren Gregg from Belfast and Jordan Hide from Bangor, both received the accolade.

Darren’s supervisor at his work placement with the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust commented on Darren’s “can do” and positive attitude, demonstrating a range of skills which would be an asset to any employer. Jordan’s manager at Procurement & Logistics Service (PALS) described him as “a perfect example of a hardworking man. Jordan has a great attitude and is a credit to his family”. Jordan has secured paid work with PALS and is now mentoring a new participant on work experience.

The Orchardville Awards Ceremony 2019 was sponsored by Bombardier.

Orchardville’s projects and services are funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund, Department for the Economy, Department for Communities, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Coca Cola Hellenic, Big Lottery Fund and the International Fund for Ireland.


This event was part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, the Department for Communities and Health and Social Care.



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