The Queen`s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was established in 2002 to celebrate The Queen's Golden Jubilee.  Awards are given to deserving groups of individuals who regularly devote their time, voluntarily, to helping others.  The Award is the highest honour that can be given to voluntary groups and its status is equivalent to the MBE.

 

The awards are announced on 2 June each year.  Winning groups receive a certificate and a crystal chalice at local ceremonies at which the Lord-Lieutenant is normally present.

How to make a nomination
Anybody may nominate a group of volunteers but groups must not self-nominate.

 

A group (consisting of two people or more) can be nominated if:

  • It is based in the UK
  • It has been in existence for at least three years
  • Over half of its members are volunteers.

Further information and nomination forms are available on The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

Deadline

Nomination must be received by mid-September each year to be considered for the following year. In some cases nominations can remain "active" for up to three years. 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to one of the 2018 winners. Manna House on Tuesday 2 October. Mrs Hensman was supported by Deputy Lieutenant, Air Commodore (Ret'd) Peter Smith.

 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to one of the 2018 winners. Dalton Community Centre Association Drill Hall (Dalton Community Centre) on Wednesday 29 August.  Mrs Hensman was supported by Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Adam Naylor.

 

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to one of the 2018 winners. The Volunteer Prescription Delivery Service at Court Thorn Surgery on Tuesday 21 August. Mrs Hensman was supported by Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Bryan Gray.

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to one of the 2017 winners, Barrow Foodbank on Tuesday, 15 August 2017.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the 2017 winner at South Tynedale Railway Preservation Society

The Lord-Lieutenant presented the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the 2014 winners Theatre by the Lake Front of House Volunteers on Saturday, 6th September.

Mrs Hensman presents the award to Lucy Bestley, longstanding Theatre by the Lake Volunteer

Mrs Hensman with Dr Jim Cox OBE, a Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria

Mrs Hensman, Vicky Robinson, Joint Chair of Theatre by the Lake and Mary Elliott, House Manager
Mary Elliott, House Manager and Theatre by the Lake volunteers