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The 2023 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is now open for nominations for eligible voluntary groups who are making a positive impact in their community and benefitting others through their work.

Announcing the launch of this year’s Award, the Lord-Lieutenant for the Western Isles, Iain Macaulay is encouraging the public to nominate local groups before the closing deadline of Wednesday 15 September 2022.

The successful Awards will be announced in June 2023.

Mr Macaulay said “ Volunteering has always played a vital role in the day to day life of the Western Isles and the past challenging year has again demonstrated how highly regarded and valued this sector is. Resilient and adaptable volunteer organisations throughout the Western Isles have provided a magnificent response in so many ways to the Covid pandemic and the effect it has had on individuals and communities. 

"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.

"This prestigious Award is recognised as the MBE for volunteer groups and over the years we have had six groups in the Western Isles who have received the Award. 

"They are Guth Airson Iarratasan Nis (Eoropie Play Park); Spòrsnis; Gàradh a’ Bhàgh a‘ Tuath, Northbay; Comunn Eachdraidh Nis; Fèis an Rubha and Counselling and Family Mediation Western Isles. 

"We would like to see more of our outstanding voluntary groups join the list of worthy winners in 2023”.

Nominations are made on-line and further information is available on https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk