Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was instituted in the The Queen’s Golden Jubilee year 2002 and winners each year are announced on the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation 2 June 1953.  

2022 winners from Nottinghamshire:

  • The Lace Market Theatre
  • Nottinghamshire County Scout Council 

The Lord-Lieutenant warmly congratulates each organisation on their award, the equivalent of a corporate MBE.

Applications for the 2023 QAVS are now open and will close on 15 September 2022. 

Those wishing to nominate a Voluntary Organisation should visit the GOV.UK website.

Further information about the QAVS can be found on the QAVS Website


Background Information

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities for the benefit of others. Any group carrying out voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

The annual Award - the equivalent of an MBE - was created by Her Majesty in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of her Coronation.

The Awards are announced on 2 June each year. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant visits the winning groups to present a certificate with citation signed by The Queen, together with an engraved commemorative crystal. A Deputy Lieutenant will read the citation before the award is made.

This prestigious UK national honour sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. Each nomination is judged on the benefits given to the local community and its standing within that community.

There are not a set number of winners in a sector of volunteering work or region of the country.

You are actively encouraged to nominate any volunteer group in Nottinghamshire if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way. The Awards are published on 2 June on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation. The group will need to have been running for 3 years or more.

If the volunteer group you nominate is eligible for the Award, the nomination will be assessed initially at county level. The Lord-Lieutenant has delegated responsibility to his Honours Panel and Deputy Lieutenants are tasked to visit volunteer groups that have been nominated, to make an assessment.

The Honours Panel will then forward a short-list to the National Award Committee which, in turn, makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office sends a recommended list of volunteer groups that should win the award to The Queen for her approval.

Winning volunteer groups will be informed if they are going to win the award before the public announcement is made.

Find full details and download a nomination form on the GOV.UK website.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - Winners from Nottinghamshire


  • The Lace Market Theatre
  • Nottinghamshire County Scout Council


  • Equation


  • Fibro Active
  • We R Here


  • Muslim Hands


  • Nottingham Women's Centre
  • Ladybrook Enterprises, Mansfield


  • The Friary, Nottingham
  • Forces in the Community, Nottingham
  • Green’s Windmill, Nottingham


  • Vale First Responders
  • Children’s Bereavement Centre
  • Reach Learning Disability


  • Indigo Kids
  • Dukes Wood Oil Museum
  • Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
  • Nottingham Child Contact Centre


  • Arkwright Community Gardens The Meadows
  • Bassetlaw Action Centre
  • Netherfield Forum


  • Ear Foundation
  • Rushcliffe Country Park


  • Bingham and District Audio Magazine
  • Harmless


  • Victims Support Young Witness Service


  • Dukeries Community Workshop


  • Literacy Volunteers
  • Bulwell Credit Union


  • Incest and Sexual Abuse survivors
  • Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Advocacy Alliance


  • Radford Care Group


  • Nottinghamshire Bereavement Trust
  • Green Health Volunteers
  • Ashfield Environmental Project

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