The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated the group should have been running for at least three years and do work that provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community; is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it; and is run locally. Winners of the award receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee. The committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval. Is there a group in your area that deserves such an accolade? The application form to nominate a group for an award in 2015 can be found at http://qavs.direct.gov.uk/. Nominations for 2015 must be received by 30th September 2014.