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 Queen's coronation. It is, effectively, a MBE for volunteer groups.
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 its standing within that community. Take a look at the guidance notes for further conditions and information.
In 2016 Greater Manchester celebrated 26 winners and over 350 volunteers came to The Monastery, Gorton for the Presentations. The photograph above shows the birds eye view of the assembled winners and supporters and the photograph to the left is of Xplode, a voluntary group of young people from Bolton. In the foreground is the Lord-Lieutenant flanked to the left by the High Sheriff and to the right by the Vice Lord-Lieutenent.