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Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service 2016


The Wynd Centre in Paisley recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2016


The Wynd Centre in Paisley, which has been providing a Counselling Service for over thirty years has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

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The Wynd Centre which is based in School Wynd, Paisley, operates a donation –based Counselling Service and provides accommodation for a wide range of other voluntary groups and charities.

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 Wynd Centre will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire later this summer.

Graeme McGowan, Chairman of The Wynd Centre, said:

 “This is a tremendous achievement for The Wynd Centre and is testament to the invaluable work which we have been carrying out in our community for over thirty years. During that time, we have provided over 100,000 hours of counselling and provided affordable accommodation for a huge number of charities and voluntary groups.

This is all thanks to our team of volunteers, both now and in the past, and I sincerely thank them for their contribution to the work of The Wynd Centre.

I hope that this Award will allow us to build on our current achievements and make an even bigger contribution to our community.”

Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:

“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”