Dumfries and Galloway groups involved in volunteering work can now be nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The closing date to be put forward for the highest award given to groups across the UK is in September.
Nominations must be made by someone independent of the group.
Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award but the majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.
To be nominated they should do work that:
- provides a service and meets a need for people living in the local community
- is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
- is run locally
Volunteer groups should also have been running for three years or more before being nominated.
The group can be a branch of or affiliated to a larger regional or national organisation, as long as the volunteers started and developed the initiative for the activity locally, and the group’s achievements go beyond what is expected of similar groups in the wider organisation’s network.
Two letters of support must be provided from people independent of the group and these letters should indicate the impact of the group on the local community; what the volunteers in the group do and why they are special; and the relationship of the supporter to the group, including the reason for the endorsement.
The letters should bring the work and impact of the group to life so can be written by beneficiaries but remember support letters written by anyone directly involved in or with the group, such as a volunteer or Trustee, will not be considered.
Nominations do not expect to be treated in confidence as County Assessment Panels normally want to visit the groups to gain a better understanding of their work, and groups must have said they are willing to accept an Award if the nomination is successful. A nomination won’t automatically lead to an Award.
Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee.
The committee makes recommendations to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.
Winners are announced on June 2 in the London Gazette.
To make a nomination go to: qavs.culture.gov.uk/