The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was established in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  The Award is the highest honour that can be given to voluntary groups.  Its status is equivalent to the MBE.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing an outstanding service.

Anybody may nominate, but groups must not self-nominate.  A group can be nominated if it consists of two people or more, is based in the UK, has been in existence for at least three years, and over half of its members are volunteers.

The closing date for nominations for 2018 is 15 September 2017.

Details on the nomination process are available on the GOV.UK website

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Award Administrator:

OCSI Honours and Awards Team, Cabinet Office
Desk Bank 12
4th Floor
Blue  Zone,
1 Horse Guards Road,

Telephone:  020 7271 6206


The Lord-Lieutenant presents winning groups with a commemorative piece of crystal and a certificate from The Queen.

Recent winners in Cheshire include:


Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group of Runcorn
Cheshire Search & Rescue (CSAR) based in Winsford
Knutsford Heritage Centre
Reach Out and Recover (ROAR) of Macclesfield
Space4Autism of Macclesfield


Just Drop-In Youth Info & Advice, Macclesfield
Seahorse Swimming Club, Crewe
The Neuromuscular Centre, Winsford
Onside Warrington Youth Club


East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling Scheme      
Nantwich Agricultural Society


Chelford Tenants & Residents’ Association

CRE8 (Macclesfield)

Northern Lights Children’s Charity (Neston)


The winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014 have been announced and include two Groups from Cheshire.
Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project (Warrington)
The Wednesday Disco Team (Widnes).


The Welcome Cafe in Knutsford

DIAL House in Chester

Volunteers at the Anson Engineering Museum in Poynton


Mersey Weaver District Scout Council

Dee Sign Choir of Chester and

Chester Adult PHAB Social Club


Live! (Chester)

Windmill Hill Community Association (Runcorn)

Cheshire County Show Volunteers

Bridgend Centre (Bollington)

St. Luke’s Hospice Volunteers (Winsford)

St John Ambulance Cheshire Young Carers Volunteers (Ellesmere Port)