Queen’s Award for voluntary services

Queen's Award for voluntary service given to multicultural group
Queen's Award for voluntary service given to multicultural group

A Newton Mearns based volunteer group has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for 2017.

Fairweather Multicultural Friendship Group were presented with their award by the Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark last week.

The group’s work was highly appreciated by Deputy Lieutenant Alison Gilchrist, who provided details of how members, all aged 50 plus got together in Fairweather Hall, in Newton Mearns, where they took part in Yoga sessions and light exercise, before tucking into a healthy and nutritious lunch.

She added that the group was very important for the elderly, many of whom lived alone, where they were able to meet up, relax and escape the solitude of four walls at home.

Educational trips were also arranged for the members.

The chairwoman Mrs Rakhshinda Khan and the general secretary Mr Jagdish Singh thanked Her Royal Highness for this prestigious honour on behalf of their entire group.

Provost of East Renfrewshire Jim Fletcher was also present, and who commented: “It was a privilege to be present with the Lord Lieutenant and a number of Deputy Lieutenants to honour the Fairweather Multicultural Group who received the prestigious Queen’s Award.

“I have known many members of the group over a number of years and have always been impressed by their hard work and determination to make East Renfrewshire a great place to live in and to bring up a family.

“Members of the group are drawn from the very many different cultural backgrounds of people who live in East Renfrewshire and it is great to see their voluntary service being recognised in this fashion.”

If you’re interested in nominating a group for this award visit the website: https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/.