Nomination Deadlines

Nominations for QAVS 2021 are now open
Nominate online a https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/

QAVS 2020 reception for representatives from the 23 groups nominated, pictured with the Lord Lieutenant and other local dignitaries at County Hall, Chelmsford, on 27th February 2020. The reception was kindly sponsored by the Chairman of Essex County Council and MITIE, facilities provide for Essex County Council.
Three people pose for the camera with a clear glass trophy engraved with a crown. In the middle is the Lord-Lieutenant wearinga black hat, black blaczer, cream skirt with pearl necklace and Lord-Lieutenant badge consisting of a cream and red bow with an enamel red rose. To her left is a gentleman in a suit and tie and to her a right is a young lady with blue hair and a cream outfit. Everyone is smiling.
The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst with David Noble, chairman of the Board of Trustees, and volunteer manager Leanne Horwill.

Nominate a Voluntary Group

Anyone aware of a group, including people who benefit from the group’s activities, may make a nomination by completing the online form. Please don’t nominate your own group if you’re a volunteer or paid staff member so as to ensure that nominations are independent and supported.

 

Visit the QAVS website to nominate a voluntary group for this honour >

A crowd of happy people posing together for a picture in the foyer of Essex County Council chambers
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service reception in Chelmsford in February 2018

About this Award

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is for outstanding achievement by groups which volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity of others in the local communities. It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

 

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was established by HM the Queen in 2002 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of her Coronation; the first awards were given in 2003.  Winners receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal both presented by The Lord-Lieutenant. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.

 

Volunteer groups should have been running for three years or more to be nominated. Any group of two or more people doing voluntary work can be nominated but the majority of the group must be volunteers and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. The group will need to know they are being nominated.

To be nominated, a group 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

To nominate a group, you must be independent from the group.
You could be, for example, someone who benefits from the group’s work or someone who’s aware of the group’s work.

You must include at least two letters of support which show:
– how the group helps the local community
– how you know the group
The letters can come from a wide range of people, e.g. those who receive the service, those who know about the service provided, councillors, police officers, mayors, MPs, religious leaders, fire officers, teachers – they do not have to be from people occupying senior positions.

 

A panel overseen by the Lieutenancy, looks at evidence about the group’s activity, the group’s impact and reputation and how it may have overcome obstacles. The nomination needs to show the panel evidence that the volunteer activity is exceptional, along with information that brings out the roles of volunteers and whether the activity of the group is volunteer-led. Volunteer-led does not mean that ‘only volunteers’ must be involved in the work of the group, it just means that there must be evidence of the volunteers taking a leading role in key aspects of the work of the group.

 

Also taken into account is how far the group has achieved, or is moving towards achieving, standards of excellence in its organisation and its volunteers.

Anyone aware of the group, including people who benefit from the group’s activities, may make a nomination by completing a form.
Please don’t nominate your own group if you’re a volunteer or paid staff member so as to ensure that nominations are independent and supported.

Visit the QAVS website to nominate a voluntary group for this honour >

Essex QAVS winners

A diverse range of voluntary groups

2020
3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts Group
CHESS Homeless, Chelmsford
City of Chelmsford Mencap
Kids Inspire, Chelmsford
Lads Need Dads, Clacton-on-Sea
Patient Panel, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow
Support 4 Sight, Saffron Walden
South Essex Community Hub, Southend-on-Sea
St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank
2019
Beacon House Ministries, Colchester
Essex Search and Rescue, Chelmsford
Footprints Community Group, Rochford
Grant A Smile, Loughton
Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service
Hearing Help Essex, Chelmsford
SOS Rape Crisis, Southend
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome
Teen Talk, Harwich
2018
One Community Development Trust
Stanford/Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responder Group
Thurrock Mind
2017
Razed Roof Theatre Group, Harlow
Rayleigh Baptist Church Carers Café
Crossing Boundaries Project – Baptist Church, Westcliffe on Sea
2016
Berecroft Residents Association, Harlow
Lee Chapel North: Holiday, Diamond, Work Club and Food Bank
Chadwell St Mary Community Forum
Southend Street Pastors
2015
Independent Parental Special Advice (IPSEA), Saffron Walden
2014
Harlow District Scouts
2013
Southend SOS Bus
2012
Gateway Community Media, Basildon
Havens Hospice
Manningtree First Responders
Homeless Action Research Project (HARP), Southend
2011
Halstead in Bloom
2010
The Young ME Sufferers Trust (Tymes Trust) 
Braintree Over 60s Club
2009
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2008
Brightlingsea & West Mersea Community First Responder Group
2007
Tilbury Riverside Project
2006
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2005
Basildon Pathfinders Blind and Partially Sighted Group
2004
Colchester Rape Crisis Line
Youth Plus, Ongar
2003
Harlow Well Women Centre
SNAP – Special Needs and Parents

The Lord Lieutenant Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst with the Stanford, Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responders Group