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The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is to recognise outstanding achievement by groups which volunteer their own time to enhance and improve the quality of life and opportunity of others in their local communities.

The Award was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

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Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The Lieutenancy will visit those groups nominated for the Award before completing a citation of recommendation and the Chairman of Cornwall Council hosts an annual event to congratulate the groups who have been nominated.  If a voluntary group is successful the Lord Lieutenant is extremely proud to present the award on behalf of the group. Representatives from the group are also given the opportunity to attend a Royal Garden Party to acknowledge their award. 

The Lieutenancy is keen to encourage nominations for as many groups as possible and are happy to help and advise those who wish to nominate a group. 

More information about the award and details of how to nominate a group can be found on the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service website

Tips:

  • To nominate, you must not be paid staff or a volunteer of the group.
  • You can send in nominations at any time, but if you want to get a nomination in for next year, you must complete it and send it in by September this year.
  • Try to show why this group stands out from others similar to it.
  • You must show that the group is led by volunteers and that they are key to the group’s success.
  • Letters of support from people who have directly benefitted from the organisation will aid the nomination.

Previous winners of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service from Cornwall include:

2018

  • Rame Peninsular Male Voice Choir

2017

  • Battling On
  • Transformation CPR
  • West Cornwall Womens’ Aid

2016 

  • Treverbyn Village Hall

2015 

  • BF Adventure
  • Truro Amateur Boxing Club

2014 

  • CHICKS Coastal Retreat

2013 

  • Liskeard and SE Cornwall Breathers
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust League of Friends

2012 

  • St Austell Community Kitchen

2011 

  • Constantine Enterprise Company
  • Cornwall Samaritans
  • Lanreath Amenities Group
  • St Agnes Museum
  • TR14ers
  • Trelander Community Association

2010 

  • Penhaligons Friends
  • Berryfields and District Community Centre
  • Coastwatch
  • Womens’ Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre

2009 

  • Kids R Us
  • Wild Young Parent’s Project

2008 

  • Bude Surf Lifesaving Club
  • Nanstallon Utd Football Club