Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service applications open for 2021

Local groups are being urged to put themselves forward for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS).

The QAVS was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation and is the highest award given to volunteer organisations across the UK.

Judges look for high standards of governance, financial management and safeguarding. Groups must be volunteer led and be making a considerable difference locally. They should have at least three members and have been operating for at least three years.

Previous winners include Dumfries and Galloway Bloodbikes, the Befriending Project, Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust, and D and G LGBTPLus. Those who are successful can use the QAVs logo on their stationary. They also receive a crystal award and a signed certificate from the Queen.

The Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, Fiona Armstrong, says: ‘Dumfries and Galloway punches well above its weight when it comes to volunteer effort. This badge of excellence is only given to the very best – and we can be proud that we do have some of the very best in the country.’

Anyone can nominate a group for a QAVS, as long as they are not one of its employees, or volunteers. Nominations can be submitted between April-September via the Award’s website https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service nomination process: QAVS-Nomination-Process-2021.pdf

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation: QAVS-Presentation-2021.docx