Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation and is described as the MBE for volunteer groups.  The winners are announced on 2nd June each year.  The awards are generally presented by the Lord-Lieutenant and representatives of successful groups may be invited to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace.


Any group doing voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.  Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

Click here for a list of recent West Sussex award winners.


To be eligible for nomination a group must ensure that:

  • it is made up of two or more people and must provide a specific benefit to a local area

  • it has been operating at a consistently high standard for at least three years

  • more than half the people who work in the group are volunteers

Anyone who has a good knowledge of the group’s work may make a nomination, as long as they are independent of the running of the group. 


Nominations must be made on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website from 1st April to mid-September.

For more information click here to go to the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website.

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