The closing date for 2016 entries for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), was 18th September 2015. For 2017 applications should be received by 16th September 2016, however they can be submitted at any time before then. Details can be obtained from https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/
The Award winners for 2016 will be announced on 2nd June 2016.
This year six awards went to Kent organisations see https://www.kent-lieutenancy.org.uk/6-kent-winners-queens-award-voluntary-service-announced-2nd-june-2015/
It is very much hoped there will be another strong list of candidates from Kent for 2016.
There are many very exceptional voluntary groups across the County who might consider sending in a nomination for 2017, and in particular volunteer- led groups which involve young people.
Supporting letters accompanying nominations might include a description by a person who has received help, rather than a bland statement from an official source. Any supporting letter needs to explain why the writer endorses the group, not just that he/she does.
The Cabinet Office will ask The Lieutenancy to assess 2016 Kent entries during the Autumn for the national selection by a QAVS panel to take place in London in the New Year.
The Lord-Lieutenant urges anyone who knows of a voluntary group who should be nominated, to read the information at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk/ and then persuade the group to put in their entry for 2017 before the closing date of 16th September 2016.