A BARRHEAD charity that helps people who have additional support needs has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Include Me 2 Club received the highest award a UK voluntary group can receive as it was recognised for the “outstanding work” it carries out in the local community.

Paul McIlvenny, club chairman, and his wife Ashley were thrilled to be invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace, along with this year’s other award recipients.

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“We are honoured to be recognised by the Queen through this award for voluntary service,” said Paul.

“The likes of weekly children’s clubs, youth groups, adult social nights, monthly inclusive club nights, short break caravan holidays, allotment projects and social enterprises have all been recognised.”

The award pays tribute to the “hard work and dedication” of more than 100 volunteers who support the Include Me 2 Club.

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Paul added: “Our volunteers make a massive difference in the lives of over 350 members and families, contributing 15,000 hours of voluntary service and striving to create inclusive communities and opportunities.

“This award gives a fantastic acknowledgement to everyone involved that they are valued, that they are recognised for all the amazing work they do and the impact that they create for so many people in our community.

“We will cherish the award for everyone involved and yet to be involved.

“It’s an honour and a privilege.”

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 and aims to recognise the outstanding work being done by community groups across the UK.

For more details about the Include Me 2 Club, visit www.includeme2club.org.uk.

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