Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Presentation
We were honoured to receive the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) yesterday, during an official reception at Belfast City Hall.
The Lord Mayor Brian Kingston spoke of his gratitude to SOS NI for their service to the people of Belfast and the importance of partnerships between charities, the council, and public services in the city.
As The Queen's official representative, the Lord Lieutenant Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle presented CEO Joe Hyland with the award, commending the work of all SOS NI volunteers and the care they offer to vulnerable people.
The QAVS was launched in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. It is the most prestigious award available to voluntary organisations and is the equivalent of an MBE for an individual. SOS NI is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and
voluntary groups across the UK to receive the prestigious award this year.
Joe Hyland said, "This award is only being granted because of the wonderful work of the SOS volunteers, without whom so many youngsters and vulnerable people might not be here today.
"I feel so proud of all involved, including those who have so generously supported the charity, and to all those that partner with us including the PSNI, Belfast City Council, Belfast Health Trust and the many other charities that we work alongside to make this city of ours a safer place for all."
We would like to offer a huge thank-you to the Lord Lieutenant and Lord Mayor for their kind words and generosity yesterday, as well as our amazing volunteers who have made this award possible.