Supporting you information

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's award for voluntary service, the MBE for Volunteer groups

Any group undertaking volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community in Herefordshire can be nominated for the award of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).The QAVS is the highest award given to local volunteer groups in Herefordshire and across the UK to recognise outstanding work undertaken in Herefordshire and local communities.  The Award recognises voluntary groups whose volunteer work and activity has both significantly benefited others, and that it is exceptional in nature.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th Jubilee Anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups.Anyone aware of a voluntary group, including people who benefit from the group’s activities may make a nomination.  Nominations should however not come from those who are paid staff members or are volunteers themselves.

How to nominate

  • Two letters of support from people independent of the group also need to be provided.  Full details and guidance notes are available here.
  • Nominations should be completed online by mid-September, and the QAVS Awards are published the following year in the London Gazette on June 2nd, the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation.  The QAVS is a high-status award and the assessment is thorough and rigorous so as to maintain the value of and public respect for, the Award.  Each nomination is judged solely on merit.
  • Once the nomination has been completed and sent to London by mid-September, the QAVS office in London refers the application back to Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire for a report prepared by Local Assessors.  The Assessors (normally 2 Deputy Lieutenants) visit the organisation and produce a confidential report for the HMLL.
  • HM Lord-Lieutenant considers the report and then sends it off for final consideration by an Awards Committee at the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.  This Committee advises the Minister.  Her Majesty The Queen makes the Award of the QAVS on the advice of the Minister.
  • If successful, winners receive from Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire – a certificate signed by The Queen and a domed glass crystal.  Two representatives are also invited to attend a Royal Reception at Buckingham Palace with other award winners from across the country.

Before completing the nomination, applicants are advised to contact the Lieutenancy Office - either by telephone 01432 260024 or email so we can provide initial advice and support.

Vennture queens award for voluntary service

Winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

 Year

 Charity

 2019

 Leominster in Bloom

 2019

 Eardisland Community Shop

 2019

 Luctonians Sports Club

 2018

 Pride in Pembridge

 2018

 Vennture

 2017

 Mortimer Country Stores

 2017

 The Cart Shed

 2016

 Yeleni Therapy and Support

 2015

 Bodenham Flood alleviation scheme

 2015

 Ross Juniors Football Club

 2015

 Hope Support Services Charity Ross

 2013

 Little Princess Trust

 2013

 Growing Point

 2012

 Dorstones Front Room

 2011

 The Bromyard Light Brigade

 2011

 Yarpole Community Shop Association Ltd

 2010

 Wye Amateur Boxing Club

 2010

 FC Phoenix Disability Development Group

 2005

 Newton Farm Community Association

 2005

 South Wye News

 2003

 St Michael’s Hospice