Queen's Awards for community now open

The 2022 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognising exceptional community effort, is open for nominations.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 7:37 pm
Updated Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:30 pm
Lord Lieutenant Donald Martin

Islanders are now being urged to nominate eligible voluntary groups in their area who are making a positive impact in their community.

Announcing the launch of this year’s award, the Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles Donald Martin encouraged the public to nominate local groups before the closing deadline of Wednesday 15 September 2021. The successful awards will be announced in June 2022.

Mr Martin said: “As we all know this past year has been a particularly challenging one for our communities and we have seen a magnificent response from the voluntary sector in supporting communities in so many ways in response to the Covid pandemic.

Lord Lieutenant Donald Martin

“The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service gives us the opportunity to recognise the contribution of volunteers who have taken the initiative to create, lead and drive forward the work of their organisations.”

The prestigious award is recognised as a kind of MBE for volunteer groups and over the years six groups in the Western Isles have been recipients.

They are: Guth Airson Iarratasan Nis in Ness; Spòrsnis, a sports centre, also in Ness; Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a’ Tuath in Northbay, Barra; Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, the Ness Historical Society; Fèis an Rubha, the Gaelic music festival for kids in Point held every summer; and, Counselling and Family Mediation Western Isles.

For more information and how to make nominations visit: www.https://qavs.culture.gov.uk.