Spòrsnis in Ness has been announced as one of 130 winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for groups of volunteers who work in their local community for the benefit of others.
This prestigious UK National Honour recognises outstanding voluntary contributions and sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering, with the work of those awarded being judged to be of the highest standard.
Spòrsnis has received the Award for establishing and maintaining a sports and recreational facility for communities in the Western Isles. Spòrsnis also publishes the fortnightly newsletter, Fios.
Those receiving this year’s Award were selected from 413 groups nominated by members of the public who have been helped personally or witnessed the benefits of a group’s work in their community.
Spòrsnis will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal, presented by Her Majesty’s representative in the Western Isles, Lord Lieutenant Alexander Matheson OBE at a special ceremony.
The group has also received an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal Garden Party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in the summer.
Speaking of their success, Spòrsnis Chairman, Calum Iain Macleod said: “We are absolutely delighted with this recognition - a huge voluntary effort went into getting the Spòrsnis centre built. Having Spòrsnis open for over 70 hours per week means that we continue to depend on our dedicated volunteer force as well as the hard-working staff and the voluntary committee. The success of the centre is a reflection of the spirit of co-operation that exists in our ‘Big Society’ and the wide ranging skills that people are prepared to share for the benefit of others.”
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Martyn Lewis CBE said,
“Volunteer groups make such an important contribution to their communities, often without praise for the incredible job they do. In these difficult times their efforts are even more valuable. It’s a pleasure to celebrate the achievements of Spòrsnis with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and give official recognition for the benefits they bring to others’ lives.”
More than 980 groups around the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man have now received this annual Award since it was created by Her Majesty to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group, visit www.direct.gov.uk/qavs, where a nomination form can be downloaded.