Kildare County Council Wins at Excellence in Local Government Awards
Winners of the ‘Sustaining the Arts’ Category
4 other Kildare County Council projects shortlisted
The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021 took place today, Thursday November 18th, where Kildare County Council won the ‘Sustaining the Arts’ award, alongside being nominated in a further 4 categories.
The ‘Kildare Covid Notebook Project’ took home the award in the Sustaining the Arts category. As the Covid 19 crisis unfolded, Kildare County Council were keen to provide some positive pro-active projects that could engage and inspire citizens of the county, particularly those who were cocooning and older people. A5 moleskin notebooks were offered to citizens in the county, asking them to fill it in as they wished, capturing the Covid months in some way, before returning the notebook. The Notebooks documented very personal lockdown experiences, as well as national and international news, creating an archive of this extraordinary time for future generations. The project was led by Kildare County Council’s Library and Arts Service, supported by the Creative Ireland and Healthy Ireland team, Kildare Age Friendly network, Naas Care of the Aged, library services, disability and mental health services in the county.
Kildare County Council joined the virtual ceremony which showcased best practice in local government and recognised the skills, hard work, innovation, and enthusiasm within local government.
Welcoming the results, Sonya Kavanagh, Interim Chief Executive, Kildare County Council said; “The Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards recognise and showcase the very best of local government, the innovation, hard work and skills of local authorities across the country. We are delighted that 5 Kildare County Council projects were shortlisted at this year’s awards and were successful in winning the Sustaining the Arts category.”
She added; “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate not only the individuals and community groups involved in these projects highlighted today, but to all the staff and partners of Kildare County Council for their continued dedication, commitment and innovation.”
Four other Kildare County Council projects were shortlisted in this year’s Excellence in Local Government Awards.
The ‘Local Authority Climate Action Training Programme’, a programme that aimed to build the capacity of the Local Authority sector and empower Local Authority staff to deliver the required level of climate action at the local level, was shortlisted in the Local Authority Innovation category.
The ‘Kildare Green Kilometre’, an initiative that asked people to choose approximately one kilometre of rural road in their area to look after and care for, was shortlisted in the Sustainable Environment category.
The ‘Kildare Market Square Tactical Urbanism Covid-19 Response Pilot Project’ a project that aimed to make this unique public space people-friendly and usable by the community at a time of great challenge and rapid change, was shortlisted in the Enhancing the Urban Environment category.
'Supporting Families, Sharing the Learning', an initiative from Kildare Libraries that provided accredited online training programmes to frontline workers in Co. Kildare who support vulnerable families, was shortlisted for Best Library Service.
Full details of the event and all the winners & nominees can be found at chambers.ie/events/elg-awards/