The Garden of Reflection within the Walls of Derry was the venue recently for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) ceremony recognising the significant contribution of 4 local voluntary groups.
The QAVS was presented to Clooney Hall Volunteers Group, Foyle Civic Trust, SSAFA and the Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) Volunteers in recognition of their significant voluntary activities within the city and beyond.
The Lord Lieutenant for the County Borough of Derry, Dr Angela Garvey, was joined by a number of civic dignitaries including the Mayor Elisha McCallion and representatives of the churches in the city, in what was a significant celebration of the contribution by these groups to all sections of society within thecCity.
The event was hosted by the Inner City Trust which provided light refreshments at the end of the award ceremony.
In welcoming the Lord Lieutenant, civic dignitaries, recipients and guests, Helen Quigley Chief Executive of The Inner City Trust expressed her delight that the Garden of Reflection was being used as the venue for an event which recognised the significant voluntary and cross community efforts of all of the organisations being recognised today.
Prior to presenting the Awards the Lord Lieutenant Dr Garvey commended the Award winners for their outstanding contribution to volunteering within the vity and recognised that for the City to receive four awards out of the total of 188 awards presented nationally was a significant testament to the work of these groups in support of all sections of society. She expressed her gratitude to the many organisations involved in volunteering throughout the city and looked forward to further QAVS nominations in years to come.
In congratulating the award recipients the Mayor of the City Elisha McCallion, also recognised the outstanding work that each of the organisations undertook in the provision of much needed voluntary services for those in need within the city and in the maintenance of the city’s built heritage.
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