Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award

Guidance on the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award.

In 2022 The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) announced a special additional award to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. It aims to celebrate fantastic work by national charities and their volunteers to empower young people and provide them with skills and opportunities.

A decision was made to continue the award in honour of The Late Queen. The final awardees were announced on 21 December 2022 - see the full list.

Aim of the award

To recognise 20 excellent national charities working to empower young people and provide them with skills and opportunities, with volunteers playing a key role in delivering this work.

Who can apply?

Registered national charities who:

  • are based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • are organised on a national basis (either UK-wide or with a national reach in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales)
  • have been in operation for at least five years
  • involve volunteers in the delivery of their work
  • comply with all relevant governance requirements for their sector, including financial returns, safeguarding and insurance

Applications for the Award are now closed.

How many awards will you give?

We are planning 20 awards — to reflect the 20th anniversary of QAVS.

Who will judge it?

Applications will be judged by a panel of voluntary sector experts who will then recommend a list of final awardees to The King.

The panel will focus on:

  • the scale and impact of the charity in its work with young people aged 16-25
  • the extent to which volunteers are involved in delivering these outcomes

Charities will be asked to provide evidence and examples to demonstrate this when submitting their application.

Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award judging panel

Sir Martyn Lewis CBE (Chair) Ex-broadcaster with a range of involvement in voluntary sector including ex-chair of NCVO.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, DL Welsh politician, television presenter and former wheelchair racer. Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Fionnuala Jay O’Boyle DStJ, CBE LL Lord-Lieutenant for the County Borough of Belfast.
Ndidi Okezie OBE CEO of UK Youth. Board member for youth homelessness charity, Centrepoint UK, the National Citizen Service and The Mulberry Schools Trust.
Sandra Adair MBE Former Director of Operations at Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises.
Sarah Rossiter Head of Controls Assurance at the National Lottery Community Fund.
George Thomson Former CEO of Volunteer Scotland and Director of Networks & Convenings IAVE. Currently Vice President of the Centre for European Volunteering (CEV).
Catriona Williams OBE Former Chief Executive of Children in Wales. Founder and first President of Eurochild. Currently Co-Chair of Voices From Care Cymru and Trustee of Homestart Cymru.
Ahmed Ibrahim Co-Chair of the NCS Trust Youth Voice Forum. NCS Board Member and Chair ALBs Youth Forum. Associated board member to the Alliance for Youth Justice.
Zara Khan British Youth Council Board of Trustees. Winner, BAME Apprenticeship Awards 2021 (Charity, Voluntary and Public Services).


26 April: Applications open

17 June: Applications close

July-September: Applications judged and final 20 awardees agreed

Early December: Awardees announced in the national media

Early 2023: Presentation event

Frequently asked questions

Q: How will you define a ‘national’ charity?

A: A charity whose work covers the whole UK (or one or more of the whole of England/Northern Ireland/Scotland/Wales).

Q: What about charities that help younger age groups too?

A: Charities that benefit children younger than 16 years can apply, but the judges will want to assess whether they have a sufficient impact on 16-25 year olds to merit the award.

Q: Can a specialist charity (e.g. supporting people with a specific medical problem) apply?

A: Yes, but the charity would need to have specific programmes/services aimed at 16-25 year olds and to be able to show a significant impact on this group.

Q: What if a UK charity also has an individual branch in each nation?

A: We would expect the national branches to submit a single joint application.

Privacy notice

Who is collecting my data?

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This website (“Website“) is run by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (“we” and “us“, “DCMS“). DCMS is the controller for the personal information we process, unless otherwise stated.

Purpose of this Privacy Notice

This notice is provided within the context of the notice provided to meet the obligations as set out in Article 13 (this sets out the info we have to provide where the data is received directly from the data subject). Article 13 of UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA). This notice sets out how we will use your personal data as part of our legal obligations with regard to Data Protection.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s personal information charter (opens in a new tab) explains how we deal with your information. It also explains how you can ask to view, change or remove your information from our records.

What is personal data?

Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural living person, otherwise known as a ‘data subject’. A data subject is someone who can be recognised, directly or indirectly, by information such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or data relating to their physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity. These types of identifying information are known as ‘personal data’. Data protection law applies to the processing of personal data, including its collection, use and storage.

What personal data do we collect?

Most of the personal information we collect and process is provided to us directly by you. This will include your name, email address and telephone number if you are submitting an application form for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award on behalf of a national charity.

How will we use your data?

We will use the personal data mentioned above to contact you about the charity’s application (for example, to request any additional information and to let you know the final outcome).

To process this personal data, our legal reason for collecting or processing this data is: Article 6(1) it is necessary for our legitimate interests or that of a third party (a condition used where personal data is going to be used in ways that are reasonably expected and are not intrusive, or where there are compelling reasons for the processing).

The lawful basis that we rely on to process your personal data will determine which of the following rights are available to you. Much of the processing we do in DCMS will be necessary to meet our legal obligations or to perform a public task. If we hold personal data about you in different parts of DCMS for different purposes, then the legal basis we rely on in each case may not be the same

What will happen if I do not provide this data?

We will not be able to process your charity’s application for the award.

Who will your data be shared with?

We will share this information with the administrators and judging panel for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award.

How long will my data be held for?

We will retain your personal data for 12 months and no more than 3 years. Once the processing activity has been completed, we will securely destroy the data in line with DCMS’ retention policy.

Will my data be used for automated decision making or profiling?

We will not normally use your data for any automated decision making. If we need to do so, we will let you know.

Will my data be transferred outside the UK and if it is how will it be protected?

We will not send your data beyond the European Economic Area. If we need to do so, we will let you know

Where we provide links to websites of other organisations, this privacy notice does not cover how that organisation processes personal information. We encourage you to read the privacy notices of the other websites you visit.

What are your data protection rights?

You have rights over your personal data under the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the supervisory authority for data protection legislation, and maintains a full explanation of these rights on their website DCMS will ensure that we uphold your rights when processing your personal data.

How do I complain?

The contact details for the data controller’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) are:

Data Protection Officer
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
100 Parliament Street

If you’re unhappy with the way we have handled your personal data and want to make a complaint, please write to the department’s Data Protection Officer or the Data Protection Manager at the relevant agency. You can contact the department’s Data Protection Officer using the details above.

How to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office

If you believe that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, you may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator. You may also contact them to seek independent advice about data protection, privacy and data sharing.

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Any complaint to the Information Commissioner is without prejudice to your right to seek redress through the courts.

Changes to our privacy notice

We may make changes to this privacy policy. In that case, the ‘last updated’ date at the bottom of this page will also change. Any changes to this privacy policy will apply to you and your data immediately.

If these changes affect how your personal data is processed, DCMS will take reasonable steps to let you know.

This notice was last updated on 25.4.22.

Published 4 May 2022
Last updated 21 December 2022 + show all updates
  1. Links to final awardees announced on 21 December 2022 added.

  2. Page updated to reflect competition has now closed.

  3. First published.