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BBNI recognised with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

2nd Jun 2016

The Northern Ireland District of The Boys' Brigade welcomes the announcement today (2 June 2016) that it is being honoured with the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Northern Ireland District of The Boys' Brigade youth organisation is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year, cited for engaging, encouraging and enabling Boys and Young Men to develop in body, mind, friendship, service and Christian faith.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June - the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation.

The Lord Lieutenant of Co Down will present the award at a celebration event at The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland Headquarters, Newport on Monday 20 June.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair and former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

"I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 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 very best of democracy in action."

Lord Lieutenant for Co Down, said:

"There is no question, that in any rational judgement, this organisation is worthy of the Queen's Award. We were most impressed with the Vice President and Director for Northern Ireland with whom we discussed the finances, management and working of the organisation.

"At a local level we were also highly impressed with the good natured and disciplined control that was clearly evident with pleasant and helpful volunteers leading to the promotion of "habits of obedience, reverence, discipline and self-respect".

David Blevins, President of The Boys' Brigade Northern Ireland District, added:

"It is the people, not the buildings or the programme that makes Boys' Brigade what it is today so we are delighted that our volunteers have been recognised by this award.

"It is an acknowledgment of the enormous contribution of time and effort they make week by week to enrich the lives of boys and young men in every corner of Northern Ireland."

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