The Queen`s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was established in 2002 to celebrate The Queen's Golden Jubilee.  Awards are given to deserving groups of individuals who regularly devote their time, voluntarily, to helping others.  The Award is the highest honour that can be given to voluntary groups and its status is equivalent to the MBE.

The Awards are announced on 2 June each year.  Winning groups receive a certificate and a crystal chalice at local ceremonies at which the Lord-Lieutenant is normally present.

How to make a nomination
There are no deadlines for receipt of nominations and nominations remain "active" for three years.  Anybody may nominate a group of volunteers but groups must not self-nominate.

A group (consisting of two people or more) can be nominated if

  • It is based in the UK
  • It has been in existence for at least three years
  • Over half of its members are volunteers.

Further information and nomination forms are available on The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to one of the 2017 winners, Barrow Foodbank on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the 2017 winner at South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the 2014 winners Theatre by the Lake Front of House Volunteers on Saturday, 6th September.

Mrs Hensman presents the award to Lucy Bestley, longstanding Theatre by the Lake Volunteer

Mrs Hensman with Dr Jim Cox OBE, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria

Mrs Hensman, Vicky Robinson, Joint Chair of Theatre by the Lake and Mary Elliott, House Manager
Mary Elliott, House Manager and Theatre by the Lake volunteers