Queens Award for Voluntary Service
The Dennyloanhead Community Hall committee has been awarded with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Members of the committee have been invited to a garden party at Holyrood House on July 1st in recognition of this achievement.
The winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will be honoured today for their contributions to their local communities.
This year 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups were selected as winners out of a pool of 370 nominees across the United Kingdom. The number of winners represents a 60 per cent increase from 2014.
Some of the winners include a Belfast-based charity for recently retired men, a homelessness charity in Alloa in Scotland and a domestic abuse support volunteer organisation based in Bolton, amongst many others.
The chair of the awards service committee and former broadcaster, Martyn Lewis, said: “The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups. The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the best of democracy in action.”
The Award was launched in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. The award is the most prestigious available to voluntary organisations and is the equivalent of an MBE for an individual.
The Award is overseen by the Office for Civil Society. Rob Wilson, the minister for civil society said: “These groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”