It’s that time of year where you need to get your nominations submitted for the 2019 Queen’s 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 Queens coronation. It is the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups. Winners need to display excellence.
Guidance notes can be obtained on line. 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 it’s standing within the community.
A flyer is attached with online details. Take a look at the Guidance Notes for further information.
Nominations must be:-
  • for 2 or more people
  • More than half must be volunteers
  • More than half must reside in the UK
  • May be part of a larger regional or national organisation providing specific benefits to the local area
  • Must be UK based though it’s work may benefit people in the UK or overseas 
  • Operating at a high standard for at least 3 years
  • Not solely involved in fund raising
  • The nominee must be independent of the group being nominated
  • At least two letters of support must be supplied from someone who benefits from the group’s work or is aware of the groups work but Independent. Letters of support must explain how the group helps the local community and how you know the group. These letters should state 1) the impact of the group on the local community. 2) what the volunteers in the group do and why they are special. 3) the relationship of the supporter to the group including the reason for the endorsement. Letters should bring the work and impact of the group to life and as such they can be written by beneficiaries. Support letters written by anyone directly involved in or with the group, such as a volunteer or Trustee, will not be considered.
You need to Nominate a group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on-line. Just google “qavs” to find out more. Nominations need to be submitted online by midnight on 14th September 2018 to be considered for the 2019 awards.  Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may be invited to attend a royal garden party.