Established in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, is the most prestigious accolade that can be given to voluntary groups. It is reserved for groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community.
In 2014, just over 100 volunteer groups received a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To win one of these prestigious awards, the public can nominate voluntary groups. Local assessment panels assess and evaluate all nominations and then draw up a shortlist. This is submitted to the National Award Committee, who make recommendations to the Cabinet Office. Once this is complete, a final list is sent to the Queen for her approval.
The scale of the voluntary sector in the UK is monumental – it is estimated that 15 million people volunteer at least once a month. The Queen’s Award is an excellent way of recognising the value these volunteers deliver to those most in need in our society. Among those receiving recognition in 2014 was the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team – a group of dedicated individuals who work day and night to help those in distress at Beachy Head in East Sussex.
In Stockport, the Wellspring Group (pictured above) have been providing services to homeless and disadvantaged people for 22 years. From providing free food in an old sea hut to delivering a range of key services out of a purpose built resource center, the work has been carried out by volunteers dedicated to the cause. Receiving this award has been highly motivating for everyone and will encourage the volunteers to keep up their great work.
A Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service can have an enormous impact on voluntary groups. It raises the profile of their work and often allows them to extend the remit of their activities. Highlighting these outstanding contributions also serves to inspire others to engage in voluntary service.
The winners from 2014 have just been announced. In order for your group to be considered for 2015 you need to submit your nomination by 30th September 2014.
A group can be nominated if:
- It consists of two people or more
- It is based in the UK
- It has been in existence for at least three years
- Over half of its members are volunteers
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