The group being nominated must:
- have at least two people doing volunteering work, and have been running for 3 years.
- have more volunteers than paid staff
- provide a local service and meet a need for people living in the community
- be supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it.
- have significantly benefitted others and demonstrated excellence in volunteering
Winning groups receive:
- a certificate signed by The Queen and a domed glass crystal, presented personally by HM Lord-Lieutenant; and
- two representatives from the group will be invited to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.
So how do you make a nomination?
You must be independent of the group you are nominating.
Nominations can be made online at http://qavs.direct.gov.uk where further guidance is available
Submit your nomination by 13th September 2019 to make sure the group is considered for the 2020 awards. The awards are announced on 2 June each year.
Top tips when nominating:
Make contact with group – they can provide information to support your nomination and it doesn’t matter if they know you are nominating them.
Be factually correct as nominations will be assessed and checked.
Pack as much into as few words as possible – focus on achievements and what difference the group makes
If you would like any advice or support with your nomination, please contact the Lieutenancy Office. We have valuable experience that we can share with you to strengthen your nomination.