2 June, 2018
The volunteers of the Ulster Aviation Society have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.
Volunteers cover a wide variety of roles vital to the Aviation Society including stewarding and tour-guiding both adults and school children, restoration of aircraft and vehicles, plus taking aircraft out to public events.
Over 570 volunteers are currently members of the Society coming from every sector of the community and professional background, and priding themselves on their professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm. Visitors often comment about how much their visits are enhanced by interaction with the volunteers.
The Ulster Aviation Society' volunteers are one of 23 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups within Northern Ireland to receive the prestigious award in 2018, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
The Ulster Aviation Society' volunteers received the award, which included English Crystal with a QAVS logo insignia and Citation signed by Her Majesty, the Queen from the Lord Lieutenant of Co. Down, David Lindsay at their 50th Anniversary Founders' Dinner on Saturday 29th September, 2018 in the Island Hall, Lisburn.