The Lord-Lieutenant of the Western Isles, Donald Martin has urged islanders to nominate local voluntary groups for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2018.

The QAVS, which was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of Her Majesty 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.

Launching a media campaign to promote the Award in the Western Isles, 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.

"To date, we have had two groups in the Western Isles which have been awarded the QAVS. In 2004, Guth airson Iarrtasan Nis (GAIN) who developed and manage the Eoropie Play Park in Ness were given the award and in 2011, Spornis secured the award. We have two good examples of groups which have made a difference to their communities and I would encourage everyone to think about nominating groups for this prestigious award."

Nominations for consideration in 2018 have to be submitted by 30 September 2017.

Full details on how to make a nomination can be obtained on www.qavs.direct.gov.uk