Nom­i­nate your top vol­un­teers for Queen’s award

The Oban Times - - News -

THE LORD-LIEU­TENANT of the Western Isles, Don­ald Martin, is urg­ing is­lan­ders to nom­i­nate vol­un­tary groups for the Queen’s Award for Vol­un­tary Ser­vice (QAVS) 2018.

The QAVS was cre­ated in 2002 to cel­e­brate the an­niver­sary of Her Majesty the Queen’s corona­tion and is the high­est award given to vol­un­teer groups across the UK to recog­nise out­stand­ing work done in their own com­mu­ni­ties.

Mr Martin said: ‘It is now sev­eral years since we had a QAVS pre­sented to any group in the Western Isles and I know there are hun­dreds of peo­ple through­out our is­lands who give thou­sands of hours of their free time to vol­un­tary groups.

‘If you know of a group that makes a dif­fer­ence to your com­mu­nity, please con­sider nom­i­nat­ing them for the award.

‘Any group pro­vid­ing a so­cial, eco­nomic, cul­tural or en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity can be nom­i­nated.

‘To date, we have had two groups in the Western Isles which have been awarded the QAVS.’

In 2004, Guth air­son Iar­rtasan Nis (GAIN), which de­vel­oped and man­aged the Eoropie Play Park in Ness, were given the award and, in 2011, Spor­nis se­cured the award.

‘We have two good ex­am­ples of groups which have made a dif­fer­ence to their com­mu­ni­ties and I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to think about nom­i­nat­ing groups for this pres­ti­gious award.’

Nom­i­na­tions have to be sub­mit­ted by Septem­ber 30.

Full de­tails on how to make a nom­i­na­tion can be ob­tained on www.qavs.di­

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