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Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Donald Martin, is urging islanders to nominate local voluntary groups for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

The QAVS, which was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation, is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

The Lord Lieutenant said: “It is now several years since we had a QAVS presented to any group in the Western Isles and I know that 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 doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic, cultural or environmental service to the local community can be nominated.  

Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.  

Two island groups have previously received the award - Guth airson Iarrtasan Nis (GAIN) which runs the Eoropie Play Park in Ness and Spornis.

Mr Martin said these are two “good examples of groups which have made a difference to their communities.”

Nominations are to be submitted by 30 September.and full details are available at  

Voluntary groups urged to apply for Queen’s  Award

30 May 2017