SOS NI recognised with Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
SOS NI is excited to announce that we have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
The Award 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.
This is a fantastic achievement for SOS NI and directly reflects on the hard work and dedication that all of the volunteers, staff, and the board have brought to the organisation.
CEO, Joe Hyland remarked, "The phrase, ‘To unconditionally do for others, quietly expecting nothing in return,’ I think strikes a chord within all of us and clearly defines who we are as both individuals and, therefore, as a charity.
"SOS has now received the highest award granted to charities in the UK, the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. This is a remarkable achievement.
"To each one of you, and indeed all those who came before you, I say thank you for your willingness to go the extra mile. You have now been recognised beyond measure. Well done."
Volunteers Andy and Nancy Panayotou attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 24 May, where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. You can read about Andy and Nancy's trip in a blog written by Andy on our website.
We are one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.
SOS NI will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Belfast later this summer in a reception at Belfast City Hall.