The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
The QAVS was instituted in the The Queen’s Golden Jubilee year 2002 and is announced on the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation 2 June 1953.
This year there is one winner from Kent: The Square Pegs Drama Club – http://www.squarepegsdramaclub.com/
The Square Pegs Drama Club was set up around 10 years ago for children and young adults with special needs. It is run by around 20 volunteers and the group is based in Chatham, Canterbury and Maidstone.
The Lord-Lieutenant congratulates this organisation on its award, the equivalent of a corporate MBE.
Applications for the 2018 QAVS are now open and those wishing to nominate a Voluntary Organisation should click here. Please note the closing date for 2018 entries is: 23.59hrs on 15 September 2017.
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.
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 2nd 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 it gives to the local 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 Kent if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way. There is no deadline for nominations. They are considered at any time within three years of the nomination. You cannot nominate a group for a particular year’s Award. The Awards are published on 2 June on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation.
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.
For full details and to download a nomination form, click here.
Award Winners from Kent
- The Square Pegs Drama Club – http://www.squarepegsdramaclub.com/
- Bredhurst Woodland Action Group – http://www.bwag.org.uk/
- Kent Search and Rescue (KSAR) – www.ksar.co.uk
- Bubbles Disabled Swimming Club, Maidstone www.bubblesswimclub.co.uk
- Good Neighbour Project, Tunbridge Wells www.goodneighbourproject.org.uk
- Rainham Bereavement Friendship Group no website
- The Young Lives Foundation Appropriate Adult Service www.ylf.org.uk
- The League of Friends of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital lofkch.org.uk
- Wealden Sailability, Sevenoaks wealdensailability.org
- Cobbes Meadow Group Riding for the Disabled Association – Chartham
- Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit – Dover
- The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre – Tunbridge Wells
- Chatham Dockyard Historical Society– Chatham
- Citizens’ Rights for Older People – Maidstone and Canterbury Offices
- Demelza Kent Childrens’ Hospice -Sittingbourne