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McCausland congratulates local winners of Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has paid tribute to six local organisations who have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2013.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Laganscape, TAG (The Active Group), Londonderry Musical Society, Inner East youth project, Ulster Project – Castlederg and Radio Cracker all received the award which recognises the outstanding contribution that these volunteers have made to their local communities.

Commending their efforts the Minister said: “All of these organisations are worthy recipients of this very special award. The contribution that volunteers make in society cannot be underestimated and the receiving of this award should be viewed in no small part as a fitting tribute. These awards are given in recognition of the work done by these groups to benefit their local communities and the impact they have had on them. I am very proud that six Northern Ireland organisations have been recognised for the great work they do and offer then my warmest congratulations.”

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation and is regarded as the MBE equivalent for volunteer groups.

For details of all this year’s Award winners and information on how to nominate a group in 2014, visit The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

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