Nominations are now open for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. QAVS is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK, it is the MBE for volunteer groups and awarded for life.

Who is it awarded to?
It is awarded to exceptional groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional.

Any volunteer-led group of two people or more that provide a service and meet a need for people living in their local community can be nominated. The nominated group should be opertional for a minimum of three years. It must be run locally and it must be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it.

The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half of the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

Judging is based on the benefit that groups bring to their community and their reputation locally.

How to nominate a group
Anyone can nominate a group, if they are not an employee or volunteer of the group. Nominations are particularly encouraged from recipients of a group's work, or from those who are not involved with the group but have observed and admired the results of their work.

To find out more, or to make a nomination, click here

Posted: 22 June 2020