North West Methodist Mission in Londonderry has been recognised with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2015, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
They operate a weekly Luncheon Club for the elderly and a Parent and Toddler Group.
Many of the Group have been volunteering for over 30 years offering the elderly and parents of young children encouragement and support, a listening ear and an opportunity to connect with the wider community.
May Lappin, one of the groups founders, and Mr Liam Milligan, Director of NWMM, attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on May 20. The group is one of 187 to receive the prestigious award this year.
The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the north west volunteers will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of the City of Londonderry in the summer.
They have been congratulated by the Queen’s Award chairman, Martyn Lewis, CBE, who said the judging panel had been struck by the quality and breadth of the groups, who demonstrated the best of democracy in action through their voluntary work.
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said: “I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The hard work and commitment that goes into the work of these organisations is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a bigger, stronger society.”
Liam Milligan NWMM Director said: “It was a privilege to nominate the group for this award. They have worked tirelessly over the years providing a much needed and valued service in our community without seeking any recognition for the work they do. This honour celebrates their commitment and hard work and is well deserved.”