Nomination Deadlines

Nominations for QAVS 2019 are now officially closed.
The nominations for QAVS 2020 will re-open in April 2019.

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
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 >

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

2003 Harlow Well Women Centre

SNAP – Special Needs and Parents

2004 Colchester Rape Crisis Line

Youth Plus, Ongar

2005 Basildon Pathfinders Blind and Partially Sighted Group
2006 /
2007 Tilbury Riverside project
2008 Brightlingsea & West Mersea Community First Responder Group
2009 /
2010 Young ME Sufferers Trust

Braintree Over 60s Club

2011 Halstead in Bloom
2012 Gateway Community Media, Basildon

Havens Hospice

Manningtree First Responders

Homeless Action Research Project (HARP), Southend

2013 Southend SOS Bus
2014 Harlow District Scouts
2015 Independent Parental Special Advice (IPSEA), Saffron Walden
2016 Berecroft Residents Association, Harlow

Lee Chapel North: Holiday, Diamond, Work Club and Food Bank

Chadwell St Mary Community Forum

Southend Street Pastors

2017 Razed Roof Theatre Group, Harlow

Rayleigh Baptist Church Carers Café

Crossing Boundaries Project – Baptist Church, Westcliffe on Sea

2018

 

One Community Development Trust

Stanford/Corringham and Tilbury Community First Responder Group

Thurrock Mind

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