Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – nominate now

Nominations are being sought for local groups eligible for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest award given to volunteer organisations in the UK.

Previous winners include Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project, Castle Loch Lochmaben Community Trust, Sports Driving Unlimited, and Dumfries and Galloway LGBT Plus.

Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, Fiona Armstrong, said: “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.”

Eligible 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.

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 and September at: qavs.culture.gov.uk/