Renfrewshire’s Lord Lieutenant, Guy Clark, is urging local people to put forward voluntary groups for the 2016 Queen’s Awards for Voluntary Service.

The award, which is the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK, recognises the outstanding work volunteers do for their local community.

It was introduced by the Queen in 2002 in celebration of her Golden Jubilee and ranks with the MBE for voluntary groups.

Mr Clark, the Queen’s representatives in Renfrewshire, as well as East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde area, said: “I know there must be many more local organisations that would be worthy winners of this very special award.

“We in the Renfrewshire lieutenancy area have gained the most awards in Scotland, which demonstrates the depth of the volunteer spirit in the area.

“Voluntary groups make such a difference in their communities and make such a massive contribution to people’s lives.

“They do it selflessly and they deserve some public recognition.

“If you know of any deserving groups in Renfrewshire, please get your nomination in by 18 September 2015.”

Last month, Castle Semple Rowing Club and the Oznaman Club in Paisley were announced as winners of the 2015 awards.

Speaking on the awards, Mr Clark said both volunteer groups were ‘worthy winners’.

Castle Semple Rowing Club provides a safe welcoming environment to encourage people to become involved in, excel at and enjoy the sport of rowing, irrespective of their age, experience and physical or mental capacity.

The Oznaman Club facilitate respite for the parents and carers of adults with additional support needs, by providing supervised, fun Friday nights out and summer day trips.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “Celebrating our voluntary groups is a simple way of giving them something back for everything they do. It is important we take the time out to nominate these deserving groups for this widely recognised award.

“Renfrewshire’s winners for 2015 show the diverse nature of voluntary groups – from sports and activities for all to respite and support for carers – but the one thing they all have in common are the passion and drive to help others. I would urge everyone to nominate a local voluntary group for this award.”

Full details and nomination forms are available at the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website at