Nominate your top volunteers for Queen’s award
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.direct.gov.uk.