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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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In 2002, in celebration of Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community was established. Its purpose is to recognise groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others.


It is the highest honour that can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE. As such, the Queen's Award not only serves to provide recognition of volunteer groups, but also demonstrates the high respect in which volunteering is held.


Groups may be nominated if they meet the following eligibility requirements:


Please note: Groups that are solely involved in fundraising activity for charitable purposes are not eligible for an Award e.g. groups involved in street collections, jumble sales or charity shops, the primary purpose of which is to raise money.


The Award recognises the vital role played by the hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes of the voluntary and community world and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of their work. The Award covers groups operating in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.


Groups operating outside the United Kingdom are not eligible.


Nominations must now be submitted on-line and paper submissions are not accepted. Nominators should register themselves by entering a user name and password. The process is relatively simple but read any guidance notes first. Nominations are not submitted via Lieutenancies but directly to the Awards Office by the click of a submit button once the form is complete.


The Awards Office send nominations to Lord-Lieutenants in November for local final assessment before the Awards Office judge each nomination. Submissions can be made at any time of the year but the cut off for judging is at the end of September each year. The awards are announced annually on 2 June. This date was chosen, as it is the anniversary of the Coronation. The Lord-Lieutenant presents the awards on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.


For comprehensive details on the award and how to nominate visit the following webpages:

https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

Sign up by visiting the following link but always visit the above webpages first before starting your nomination.

https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/