Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)

[Image: Eyres Monsell Club for Young People receive their Award]

Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering. The Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was created in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

The 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. It is open to any volunteer led local group – so it will be open to you! See some of the local groups recently recognised by the Award.


Why should we try and get our work recognised?

The QAVS Award wants to recognise:

  • Groups that are truly outstanding and making a big difference to their local community.
  • Groups where volunteers are in the driving seat.
  • Groups that have highest standards in everything they do.
  • Local Groups that have achieved recognition

What are the next steps?

Nominations for the 2022 awards are now closed.  They will be accepting nominations for the 2023 awards from 1st April 2022.

Groups have to be nominated by a person independent of the group – and if you are struggling with this please contact VAL.

The nominee has to complete a simple form to make the nomination and there needs to be at least 2 additional letters of support.

The Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire is keen to increase the number of nominations from the City and County and has established a support group of Deputy Lieutenants, Local Authorities, the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Community Foundation and VAL.

Nominations must be submitted using the online form at: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/
The nomination form and letters of support must not be written or submitted by a volunteer, employee, trustee or anyone involved with the running of the group.
The Awards are published on 2nd June, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation.

So to start on your journey you can:

Contact VAL’s helpline on; 0116 257 5050 or email us on: helpline@valonline.org.uk

Contact the Lieutenancy Office on: Leicestershire Lieutenancy Office | lieutenacyoffice@leics.gov.uk | 0116 305 6060 

Find out more here on the QAVS website.

Groups recognised in Leicester and Leicestershire

Here are the local QAVS awards – groups just like you.