Celebrating Selfless Dedication
The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It is equivalent to an MBE for volunteer groups. His Majesty King Charles III wishes to continue The Queen’s Legacy and recognise the significant contributions of volunteers each year across the United Kingdom hence the award is now known as The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.
Nominations open in June and will close in September, The Award recognises the vital role played by the hundreds of thousands of unacknowledged heroes of the voluntary and community world and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of their work. The Award covers groups operating in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The Awards Office send nominations to Lieutenancy offices in October for local assessment, before the Awards Office judge each nomination. The awards will be announced annually on 14th November. This date was chosen, as it is His Majesty The King’s birthday. The Lord-Lieutenant presents the awards on behalf of His Majesty.
Find out more about putting forward a nomination for a local group to receive The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The Lord-Lieutenant has been personally delighted to see so many organisations in Shropshire being rewarded for their selfless dedication, and hopes to support many more in being successfully recognised with a top-level award.