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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Celebrating the outstanding work of local volunteer groups across the UK.

Our 2021 awardees have now been announced – see below for details and stories!

About the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering.

Each year, outstanding examples of this work are celebrated through the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Created in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, QAVS awards have been shining a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups for many years.

Equivalent to an MBE, QAVS are the highest awards given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life.

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE, the QAVS Chair, reflects on this year’s awards

We want to celebrate:

Groups that are truly outstanding and making a big difference to their local community.

Groups where volunteers, rather than paid staff, are in the driving seat.

Groups that have highest standards in everything they do.


Know of a fantastic volunteer group?

If learning more about the award has made you think about a fantastic voluntary group you feel deserves recognition, consider nominating.

Award process

1 April – 15 September

Nomination period is open – new nominations for the award are being accepted. Find out more about how to nominate.

October to March

Eligible groups are assessed initially by the local lieutenancies and then by the national assessors.

June onwards

The awardees are announced in on 2nd June . The QAVS crystal and certificate are presented in the summer by the local Lord-Lieutenant.

Read details about the award process and meet the assessors

Volunteering opportunities

If reading about some of the amazing work of these groups has inspired you to think about volunteering yourself, then check out some of these handy resources to help find the right volunteering opportunity for you.

The QAVS is extremely grateful to The Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir Mark Pigott KBE and ShareGift for generously funding the creation of this website.

Founders logos: The Garfield Weston Foundation,Sir Mark Pigott KBE and Sharegift