Nominate local voluntary groups for Queen’s Award

The Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Sandy Matheson, has today urged islanders to nominate voluntary groups for the Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2015.

The QAVS is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The Awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June, the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. Nominations for 2015 close on 30 September 2014.

This year there were 111 winners of the QAVS from across the UK. There were no nominations from the Western Isles but of the six Awards in Scotland, the Friends of a Residential home in Falkirk, a music Festival in Inverclyde and a mentoring project for helping people from a disadvantaged background in Inverness, were recipients of the Award.

Launching a media campaign to promote the Award in the Western Isles, the Lord-Lieutenant said: “Over the past year it has been my pleasure and privilege to have met hundreds of inspiring people throughout the islands who give thousands of hours of their free time to voluntary groups.

“If you know of a voluntary group that makes a difference in the community where you live, please nominate them for the QAVS.

“To date, we have had the honour of two groups in the Western Isles being given the Award – Sporsnis in 2011 and the Eoropie Play Area in 2004. There are many other groups like them working tirelessly on behalf of their communities and I would encourage everyone to think about nominating groups for this prestigious award”.

Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the Award. Full details on how to nominate are available online by clicking here