Women’s Aid receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2012

1 June, 2012

Volunteers of Women's Aid ABCL&N have been recognised with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 

The Award is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Women's Aid ABCL&N will receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a commemorative piece of crystal which will be presented on behalf of The Queen by the Lord-Lieutenant of Co. Antrim.  To celebrate the Award, volunteers attended a Garden Party in Buckingham Palace in June 2012.

Representing Women’s Aid ABCL&N volunteers Kate Gibney Moira McMurray and Adeline Frew attending the Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in June 2012.

Recognition of the achievement

RT Hon Peter Robinson MLA (First Minister)
The community which your group serves has clearly benefited from the unstinting time and effort given voluntarily by group's members and it is fitting that those efforts should be recognised by this Award.

Alderman Victor Robinson (Mayor of Newtownabbey)
This is a prestigious honour and befitting of an organisation that has done so much positive work for women and children across the Borough and beyond.

Dr Malcolm McKibbin (Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service)
It is through the vision and dedication of your volunteers that women and children in the area know there is help and support available to rebuild their lives. The service provided by these volunteers is of the highest traditions of voluntary service and this award is a tribute to the dedication and commitment of all the volunteers.