The Queens Award For Voluntary Service

The Queen’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. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.


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


Nominations open on 1st April and must be submitted on line by midnight on 11th September 2020 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2021 awards. 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 October for assessment, before the Awards Office judge each nomination. 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 somebody for their voluntary work visit the following webpages:




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:


Acacia Family 
Birch Thompson Memorial
Black Country
Childrens Boot fund 
Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust
Dudley Voices for Choice (DVC)
EnV Coventry CIC – Coventry Ambassador
Fox Hollies Community Association C.I.O. 
Guru Nanak Gurdwara 
Handsworth Helping Hands 
Ladywood Community and Health Centre 
Soho Road Business Improvement District 
Solihull Borough Talking Newspaper Association (SBTNA) 
St John’s Church Preservation Group 
Stratton Street Methodist Church Community Centre (SSMCC)
The Connect Project / Top Church
Walsall Link Line 


List of winners:


Gatis Community Space

(Acts of Random Caring CIC)

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Providing a much loved community space for the benefit of local people

Alta Sports Club for the Disabled

Promoting swimming, exercise and social interaction for disabled people of all ages

Foleshill Fire Cadets

Providing youngsters, with special needs, the opportunity to socialise and learn skills in the Fire Service
Improving the lives of children and young people of Nechells, Birmingham


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Transforming lives and land through the power of community, creativity and the great outdoors

Low Hill Community Association

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Providing a range of activities that promote social inclusion, health and wellbeing

Mindful Gifts CIC

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Based in a nostalgic/vintage shop that prompts memories and supports people with dementia to access meaningful activities

Moor Pool Heritage Trust

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Dedicated to saving, conserving and promoting one of Birmingham’s hidden social and architectural gems

Stourbridge and District Youth Football League

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Providing a safe environment where children can enjoy and develop their football skills

Stroke Support West Midlands

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Helping survivors and their loved ones or carers adjust to devastation that a stroke brings

Suited for Success

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Provides free interview clothing and interview preparation for unemployed men and women to succeed in gaining employment

Coffin Works’ Museum Volunteers

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Supporting the running of the museum and delivering the highest visitor experience

The Mary Stevens Hospice

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Providing palliative and end-of-life care for people with progressive, incurable, life shortening illness in Dudley

Wolverhampton Sickle Cell Care and Social Activity Centre

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Providing holistic care and support for people affected by Sickle Cell Disorder / Thalassaemia

Yemeni Community Association

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Supporting disadvantged communities to become empowered and achieve their full potential

Zone C of Lions Clubs International 105M

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Supporting the Solihull and wider community with service and financial support




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








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


The Glebe Centre

The Haven Wolverhampton

White House Cancer Support


Aspiring Future CIC, Wolverhampton

Carriers of Hope, Coventry

Coffee Tots, Coventry

Coventry City Centre Poppy Appeal

Ekta Unity Group, Coventry

FastAid, Solihull

Good Shepherd Ministry, Wolverhampton

Holford Drive Community Sports Hub, Birmingham

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, Solihull

Masjid E Zeenat Ul Islam, Coventry

Narthex Sparkhill, Birmingham

Positive Images Festival, Coventry

Radio Plus 101.5 FM, Coventry

Sikh Union Coventry

Solihull Branch of Parkinson’s UK

The Birmingham Pen Trade Heritage Association

The Erdington Asian Women’s Society, Birmingham

The Knowle Society, Solihull

The What Centre, Dudley

Wolverhampton & Bilston Athletics Club


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


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


Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Volunteer Service

Side by Side Theatre Company, Dudley

South Staffordshire Narrowboats, Wolverhampton