The QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE (QAVS) is the highest Award given to volunteer groups across the UK, and the 2021 scheme has just been launched. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life
Over the last 18 months the Tidworth Community area as much as anywhere else, has seen the most amazing amount of volunteering and community support.
Who is it awarded to?
It is awarded to exceptional groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly
exceptional. A successful group will normally have the following characteristics:
● Volunteer-led: The volunteers are in the driving seat, setting the direction for the
group’s work and spotting opportunities to develop it still further each year.
● Exceptional compared with comparable groups: This group is likely to be one of
the best of its kind in the country.
● Making a considerable difference locally: The initiative of this group and the efforts
of its volunteers have changed the situation dramatically for its beneficiaries.
● Well-run: There are high standards of governance, financial management and
● Outstanding reputation locally: The group has a high standing in the community and
has an excellent reputation with beneficiaries, service providers and others.
Benefits to the group
QAVS are only awarded to the very best of hundreds of nominations each year. This is a badge of excellence and a real achievement for a group. It provides a big boost to the volunteers as well as great publicity for their work. Successful groups are presented with a crystal award and a certificate bearing Her Majesty’s signature. They gain the right to use the QAVS logo on their stationery and other material. They are also invited to nominate two volunteers to attend a Royal Garden Party. The names of awarded groups are announced on 2 June in The Gazette and promoted widely elsewhere
How to nominate a group
Anyone can nominate a group, as long as they are not one of its employees or volunteers. Nominations can be submitted between April-September each year via the Award’s website https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/
Nominations are particularly encouraged from beneficiaries of a group’s work, or from those who are
not involved with the group but have observed and admired the results of their work.
The closing date is not until 15th September 2021 but please start thinking about who you could nominate. Wiltshire has had a good number of Award winners in the past and with your help I am sure we can find some more in 2021