Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Do you represent excellence in volunteering?

Mr Paul Auston DL Jenny Ongley In Kent, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is led by Mr Paul Auston DL and he is assisted by Jenny Ongley in the Kent Lieutenancy Office at County Hall in Maidstone. Jenny can be contacted at or telephone 03000 416531 if you would like any advice or assistance.

If you would like to find out if your organisation or group may qualify for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service then the Kent Lieutenancy is here to help you in the process. We won’t tell you what to do but we can guide and support you.

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.

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.