The King’s Award For Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.  His Majesty King Charles III wishes to continue The Queen’s Legacy and recognise the significant contributions of volunteers each year across the United Kingdom hence the award is now known as The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

 

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information https://kavs.culture.gov.uk/guidance-notes

 

Nominations open on 1st September and will close on 1st December.  The Award recognises the vital role played by the hundreds of thousands of unacknowledged 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.

 

The Awards Office send nominations to Lieutenancy offices in January for assessment, before the Awards Office judge each nomination. The awards will be announced annually on 14th November. This date was chosen, as it is His Majesty The King’s birthday.  The Lord-Lieutenant presents the awards on behalf of His Majesty.

 

For comprehensive details on the award and how to nominate somebody for their voluntary work visit the following webpages:

 

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

 

KING’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICES WINNERS IN THE WEST MIDLANDS COUNTY

 

One of the core roles of the West Midlands Lieutenancy is to promote the QAVS across the county.  This has resulted in significantly more West Midlands voluntary organisations being awarded this prestigious accolade.

List of winners:

2023-24:

Believe in Me CIC

BOPA

Cape Community Care Day Centre

Champions Community Trust

Cresswell Wanderers Football Club

Legacy West Midlands

LoudeemY Productions

Midland Freewheelers (Blood Bikes)

New Beginnings Community

Parent & Carer Support Group

Prevention First Citizens Panel

RoadPeace West Midlands

Student Voice

The Highlife Centre

Wolverhampton Alz Café

Wolverhampton Samaritans

Wolverhampton Wrestling Club

You’re Cherished

List of winners:

2022:

Earlsdon Carnegie Community Library
Eloquent Praise & Empowerment Dance Company
Friends of Longford Park
Halesowen/Dudley Yemeni Community Association
Home from Hospital Care
Hawbush Community Gardens
Let us Play
Let’s Feed Brum
Purbanat Community Interest Group
Shirley Sea Cadets
Special Olympics Sandwell
The Buddy Bag Foundation
The Medical English Group
The Staffordshire Regiment Association (Wolverhampton Branch)
The Way Zone Youth Mentoring Group
Young at Heart Children’s Charity

 

List of winners:

2021:

Allen’s Cross Community Centre Gardenwww.allenscrosscommunity.co.uk
Big Venture Centre (BVC)
Black Country Radiowww.blackcountryradio.co.uk
Employability UKwww.employabilityuk.org
Friends & Residents of Buffery Parkwww.bufferyparkonline.co.uk
Kingstanding Regeneration Trustwww.krtbirmingham.co.uk
Melody Musicwww.melodymusic.org.uk
The Friends of Bantock House
The People’s Orchestrawww.thepeoplesorchestra.com
The Wellwww.thewellwolverhampton.co.uk
TLC Collegewww.tlccollege.org.uk
Voluntary Action Group at Shri Venkateswara Balaji Templewww.ventakeswara.org.uk
Wednesfield in Bloom

 

List of winners:

2020:

Acacia Family Supportwww.acacia.org.uk 
Birch Thompson Memorial Fundwww.gelliwig.org.uk
Black Country Touringwww.bctouring.co.uk
Childrens Boot fund 
Discover Uwww.discoveru2015.org
Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust Volunteerswww.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk
Dudley Voices for Choice (DVC)www.dudleyvoicesforchoice.org.uk
EnV Coventry CIC – Coventry Ambassador Programmewww.env.uk.com
Fox Hollies Community Association C.I.O. 
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwickwww.gngsmethwick.com 
Handsworth Helping Hands 
Ladywood Community and Health Centre 
Martineau Gardenswww.martineau-gardens.org.uk
Soho Road Business Improvement District CICwww.sohobid.uk 
Solihull Borough Talking Newspaper Association (SBTNA)www.sbtna.weebly.com 
St John’s Church Preservation Group 
Stratton Street Methodist Church Community Centre (SSMCC)
The Connect Project / Top Church Trainingwww.theconnectproject.net
Walsall Link Line 

 

List of winners:

2019:

Gatis Community Spacewww.gatiscommunityspace.co.uk
Alta Sports Club for the Disabled
Foleshill Fire Cadets
free@lastwww.freeatlast.st
GRO-ORGANIC CICwww.gro-organic.co.uk
Low Hill Community Associationwww.lowhillhub.com
Mindful Gifts CICwww.mindfulgifts.co.uk
Moor Pool Heritage Trustwww.moorpoolhall.org.uk
Stourbridge and District Youth Football Leaguewww.sdyfl.org
Stroke Support West Midlandswww.strokesupportwestmidlands.org.uk
Suited for Successwww.suitedforsuccess.co.uk
Coffin Works’ Museum Volunteerswww.coffinworks.org
The Mary Stevens Hospicewww.marystevenshospice.co.uk
Wolverhampton Sickle Cell Care and Social Activity Centrewww.sicklecellcare.net
Yemeni Community Associationwww.yca-sandwell.org.uk
Zone C of Lions Clubs International 105Mwww.lions105m.org

 

 

2018:

Beacon Centre for the Blind

Birmingham Youth Sports Academy

Broad Street Meeting Hall ltd

Compton Bereavement Visitors

Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind

Enterprise Club for Disabled People

Godiva Trust

Langar Aid Coventry

Midland Langar Seva Society

Positive Participation Ltd

Positive Youth Foundation

Priory Park Boxing Club

Seeds of Hope

Solihull Bereavement Counselling Service

Spotlight Youth Productions

Stourbridge Street Pastors

The Manor Farm Community Association

Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club

 

2017:

Access to Business (A2B)

Ashmore Park Community Association

Bilston Town Community Football Club

Coventry Muslim Forum

European’s Welfare Association CIC

Fastaid Black Country

Hope Community Project

Interfaith Wolverhampton

Jai Jashn Dance

Savers

The Glebe Centre

The Haven Wolverhampton

White House Cancer Support

2016:

Aspiring Future CIC, Wolverhampton  www.aspiring-futures.co.uk

Carriers of Hope, Coventry  www.carriersofhope.org.uk

Coffee Tots, Coventry  www.coffeetots.co.uk

Coventry City Centre Poppy Appeal

Ekta Unity Group, Coventry  www.ekta-unity.org

FastAid, Solihull  www.fastaid.org.uk

Good Shepherd Ministry, Wolverhampton  www.gsmwolverhampton.org.uk

Holford Drive Community Sports Hub, Birmingham

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Solihull  www.madhatterscharity.com

Masjid E Zeenat Ul Islam, Coventry  www.masjidzeenatulislam.org

Narthex Sparkhill, Birmingham   www.narthex.org.uk

Positive Images Festival, Coventry  www.positiveimagesfestival.co.uk

Radio Plus 101.5 FM, Coventry  www.radioplus.org.uk

Sikh Union Coventry  www.sikhunion.org

Solihull Branch of Parkinson’s UK  www.solihullparkinsons.org.uk

The Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association  www.penmuseum.org.uk

The Erdington Asian Women’s Society, Birmingham

The Knowle Society, Solihull   www.knowlesociety.org.uk

The What Centre, Dudley  www.thewhatcentre.com

Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club  www.wolvesandbilstonac.co.uk

2015:

237th Birmingham (1st Castle Bromwich) Scout Group, Solihull

Apni Zaroorat Community Network (AZCN), Dudley

Black Country Food Bank, Dudley

Coventry & District Samaritans

Dudley Asian Women’s Network (DAWN)

Happy Hours, Dudley

Rowheath Pavilion, Birmingham

Sant Nirankari Mission, Walsall

Solihull Cancer Support Group

The Feast, Birmingham

Wednesbury Celebrates, Walsall

2014:

The 64th Birmingham Scout Group, Birmingham

Coventry City Mission, Coventry

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, Coventry

Heath Town Senior Citizen’s Welfare Project, Wolverhampton

Hope Centre, Block 11, Andrew Road, Dudley

LGBT Network, 4 Salop St, Wolverhampton

New Heights Warren Farm Community Project, Birmingham

Phoenix Swimming Club for Disabled People, Coventry

Power Pleas Trust, Wolverhampton

Service User Involvement Team, Wolverhampton

Troop Aid, Solihull

2013:

Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Volunteer Service www.bwnft.nhs.uk/jobs-and-volunteering/volunteering-for-us

Side by Side Theatre Company, Dudley  www.sbstcs.org

South Staffordshire Narrowboats, Wolverhampton  www.ernestthomas.co.uk