Volunteer medals for West Coast shed, paper and garden

Broadford and Strath Community Company volunteers build the frame for the first polytunnel.

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Volunteer groups behind a community newspaper on Lewis and a garden tackling loneliness on Skye, are among the 22 organisations across Scotland awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the Jubilee Honours List.

The awardees have all carried out critical work to enhance the lives of others, with the highest number of awards this year going to the community support sector which includes food banks, village shops, community events and men’s sheds.

This year’s West Coast recipients include Loch a Tuath, a monthly community newspaper/magazine in the Sgìre a’ Bhac area on the Isle of Lewis covering the villages of Tong, Upper Coll, Coll, Vatisker, Back and Gress.

Earlier this year Loch a Tuath, ‘an eclectic mixture of community news and other relevant news, views and notices’, also won ‘Community Newspaper of the Year’ at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Broadford and Strath Community Company, which has established a Community Garden and Growers Hub in a remote community on Skye, was also a recipient. It provides excellent support for those struggling with loneliness or poor mental health.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart wish all award-winners the warmest congratulations.

‘From setting young families on the path to a healthy future in Clackmannanshire, to tackling loneliness through community gardening in Skye, these 22 organisations highlight the remarkable contribution volunteers make right across Scotland.

‘As we celebrate our longest-serving monarch’s Platinum Jubilee, it is inspiring to see so many voluntary groups showcasing the same spirit of dedication, hard work and kindness that has characterised Her Majesty’s reign.’