Nominating a Voluntary Group for a QAVS


Do you know of a volunteer group that devotes it’s time to helping others in your local area and deserves a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups, recognising the outstanding work they perform within their communities.

Go to and submit your nomination by September 2017 to make sure they are considered for an award next year.

You shouldn’t be part of the group, entry is free and you can make your nomination at any time. Notes to help you can be found at

The winners are announced on 2 June every year and they will receive a domed glass crystal and a certificate signed by the Queen.

Make your nomination for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2018 today!


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.

You can nominate a group (two or more persons) for the Award if:

  • it is providing a high quality service to benefit individuals or groups in the community;
  • it is operating and providing a service in the United Kingdom;
  • it has been operating for a minimum of 3 years (exceptions may be made for short-term projects); and
  • it is made up entirely of volunteers (including trustees), or it includes some paid staff, but they must be in the minority of those involved.

A group solely involved in fundraising activities for charitable purposes e.g. street collections, jumble sales or charity shops, is not eligible unless it is also providing a service to the community. Examples of services are concerts, fêtes and hospital café facilities. Groups operating outside the United Kingdom are not eligible.

Click here for more information and to nomintate

Mr John Purnell GM QPM DL, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Harrow, presents a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Narjivan Vadil Kendra