The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.
To be nominated, a group must:
- be made up of at least 3 people
- be led by volunteers, not paid staff
- have been running for at least 3 years
- be based in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
- provide a specific and direct benefit to their local communities
The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
What the awardees get
Awarded groups get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Up to 2 representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
How the awards are decided
Local assessors research and visit nominated groups before writing a report on their suitability. Local assessment panels then decide which ones to put forward to the National Assessment Committee.
The committee considers the nominations and agrees a shortlist for approval by the Queen.
The awards are announced on 2 June in The Gazette.