Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Her Majesty The Queen announced on 30 April 2002 the creation of a new, annual Award to mark the occasion of her Golden Jubilee


The Award recognises the vital role played by the hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes of the voluntary and community world and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of their work. The Award covers groups operating in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Who is eligible?

Any group of two or more people doing voluntary work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half of the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

To be nominated they should do work that:

  • provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
  • is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • is run locally

The group should have been running for three years or more be nominated.

What do the winners receive?

Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal as shown in the photograph above at a local ceremony.  For further information please see this video recorded at the 2017 ceremony.


Representatives from the group may also be invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.  

How the winners are decided

A Local Assessment panel looks at all the nominations and decides which to send to the National Award Committee.

The Committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for approval.

Winners are announced on 2nd June every year.

How to make a nomination

You can nominate a group if you are not part of it. You can make your nomination at any time and there are notes to help you do this.  Click on this link and it will guide you to the notes you need https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/guidance-notes

Filling in the nomination form

The nomination form is 'online' and has to be completed in one single session as the website does not save any work already done which can be very frustrating. Below is a helpful template that has been created as a Word Document which you can complete and edit off line on your computer.  Once you are happy with the form then simply cut and paste your responses into the appropriate section of the 'online' nomination form. You can download the form below and save it to your computer.