Nomination time comes

Mick Killeen (left)  at work with a client in the Gym at Healthworks in Easington Village, watched by Fiona Maher
Mick Killeen (left) at work with a client in the Gym at Healthworks in Easington Village, watched by Fiona Maher
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AN AWARD night is making a comeback by celebrating even more achievements in its community.

Earlier this year, Healthworks, in Easington Colliery, marked the difference its visitors have made to their lives with its recognition awards.

Now its bosses and their backers are welcoming nominees for the second round of the awards.

Fiona Maher, co-ordinator at the Paradise Lane centre, said: “One of the ladies that won last time said she was really excited to just be nominated and so pleased she could tell her family.

“The night was so terrific.

“People who went said it was such a privilege and how overwhelmed they were by the occasion.

“They also had a sense of feeling about how well the centre had done and the difference it has made.”

The awards are being supported by Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council, and backed by the Echo.

Two new awards added to the existing 12 titles are Yearn to Earn, which has been set up to recognise those who have improved their job prospects through their time at Healthworks, and Active Citizen, to reward an adult for the change they have made in their community.

Among those who were given a boost by the first awards was Mick Killeen, 56, who began visiting Healthworks after he lost his job as a bus driver due to a problem with his vision.

He was put forward for a number of titles, helping him to realise how he had helped make a difference at the venue.

He is taking advantage of its stop smoking service himself, but also helps support its Get Active Team, which puts on exercise activities, the after stroke group and its Juice Works smoothie bar among others.

Mick, who lives in Easington Village, said: “Lots of people volunteer and help out and it’s a really community place.

“In a way it’s like a family. There’s a fantastic atmosphere, people are friendly and there’s lots going on.

“It’s completely changed my life.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do, but it helped me move forward.”

Healthworks is run by County Durham NHS Foundation Trust.

Information will be available on its Facebook page and application forms will be free to fill out at the centre, or >>CLICK HERE to download an entry form.

Nominations need to be in by Friday, November 2.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in February.

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