The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.
Nominations for voluntary groups in Greater Manchester reached a new record UK high in September 2017 of 49 groups. These groups have since been visited and assessed by Deputy Lieutenant’s. Their reports and citations are in the process of being submitted to the QAVS team in London with a formal announcement of winners on 2nd June 2018.
New nominations for outstanding voluntary groups in Greater Manchester are now being encouraged which can be made at any time between now and midnight on 14th September 2018 for awards to be made in 2019.
The QAVS nominations fall into one of 14 categories and 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.
Guidance notes can be found on the government website; https://qavs.direct.gov.uk
Winners of previous years can be found here.