The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. We are really keen to encourage more nominations for Midlothian groups.
Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated they 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
Volunteer groups should have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated.
What the winners get
Winners get a certificate signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal. Representatives from the group may also be invited to attend a royal garden party.
How the winners are decided
Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.
The committee makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
Winners are announced on 2 June in the London Gazette.
How to make a nomination
You must nominate a group for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service online.
Nominees are considered for an award the year after they’re nominated.
Submit your nomination by midnight on 14 September 2018 to make sure your group is considered for the 2019 awards.
You must be independent of the group you’re nominating. Read the guidance notes before making your nomination.
Support for your nomination
When you nominate a group you also need letters from 2 people who support your nomination and are independent from the group you’re nominating - for example:
- someone who benefits from the group’s work
- someone who’s aware of the group’s work
The letters must include:
- how the group helps the local community
- how you know the group
Email email@example.com if you need help with your nomination, or need to find out more about the award.
For more information, visit the website.