Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service


Do You Represent Excellence in Volunteering?

If you would like to find out if your organisation or group may qualify for a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service then the Kent Lieutenancy is here to help you in the process.

We won’t tell you what to do but we can guide and support you.

The Queen’s Award For Voluntary Service

Benefits and Eligibility

What can a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service bring to your voluntary group, charity or community interest?

  • The QAVS is the MBE for voluntary service and brings recognition at the highest level.
  • It will focus attention of funders on your organisation.
  • If you win The Queen’s Award, you will represent excellence in your field.
  • It will be a huge thankyou to your volunteers and your group will be an inspiration to others in your community.


Eligibility Checklist

  • Is your organisation or group doing volunteering work?
  • Are at least half of your group unpaid volunteers?
  • Have you been operating to a high standard for at least three years?
  • Does your work excel in meeting a community need?
  • Is your work respected, supported and recognised by your community and the people who benefit from it?


Beth from Square Pegs Drama Group, winner in 2017 of the QAVS said, ‘We are absolutely thrilled to receive this award and recognition for the important work we do. This award has made us feel really proud of what we have achieved to date, and we look forward to continuing to grow and develop in the future.’

KCC Chairman (2017-2018) David Brazier says, ‘Daily life in the UK could not be sustained without volunteers. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service benefits any organisation that receives it because the honour is shared amongst all within it. The recognition and esteem of the award can commend the organisation to those with funds to grant. I would encourage anybody who is aware of selfless work on behalf others to consider nominating the group concerned for the QAVS.’

David McKee, Chairman of QAVS winner, Wealden Sailability says, ‘We are delighted to be recipients of the QAVS. It is a recognition for all our volunteers and also acts like a stamp of approval that we have been inspected and found to be worthy of the honour. As a result we find that organisations and individuals come to us with greater confidence in all that we do.’

Stephen Gray, CEO of QAVS winner, Young Lives Foundation Appropriate Adults Service says, ‘We are delighted that we have been recognised with this prestigious award. We can say with some confidence that our appropriate adults are some of the most dedicated volunteers in the country and this award is a great way of recognising that and saying thank you for all that they do’

Still Interested?

We Hope So!

In Kent, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is led by Mr Paul Auston DL and he is assisted by Jenny Ongley in the Kent Lieutenancy Office.

Contact us here at the Kent Lieutenancy to talk about your potential nomination and we will be happy to assist.

03000 416531

2020 Winners

Current Award Holders


Four organisations doing amazing volunteering work for their community have been honoured with a royal seal of approval.

Broadstairs Town Team, Nourish Community Food Bank (Tunbridge Wells), Home-start Medway, and the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne have each been chosen to receive the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

They are among 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups across the UK to receive the accolade this year.


The Lord-Lieutenant said: “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service honours the finest examples of volunteering. These four organisations richly deserve royal recognition for all the wonderful work they are doing to help their community, particularly its most vulnerable and challenged. Their achievements are impressive and heart-warming.

“Volunteering is close to my heart because I know from personal experience how valuable and essential it is to a caring society. That’s the case at any time but especially so during the coronavirus crisis. We are all grateful to the many volunteers who have been helping others during these difficult days.


“I thank everyone who is doing their bit for the community at this and other times. Our four winners are role models for volunteering and I’m sure their fine example will inspire others. I hope it will encourage nominations of other groups that are also doing good work across our county.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to presenting The Queen’s Award to each of this year’s winners when restrictions are eased.”

Broadstairs Town Team

Looking after the wellbeing of older disabled residents and encourages the improvement of local community spaces. A “Town Shed” is fitted out for teaching woodworking skills, with additional artwork and social spaces. Volunteers also help with litter-picking, gardening and heritage restoration. The team’s 160 volunteers give more than 400 hours of their time every week.

The Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne

HRGS undertakes a wide range of activity on behalf of the community. It is operated entirely by volunteers aged from 14 to over 100 who help to run heritage events, archaeological excavations and staff the Heritage Hub in Sittingbourne town centre.

Home-Start Medway

Supporting challenged families with complex needs, ensuring that every struggling parent receives the help they need to give their children the best possible start in life and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. More than 60 trained and accredited volunteers helped some 100 families last year.


A lifeline for some of the most disadvantaged in the community, not only providing emergency food and toiletries but also giving advice and signposting to agencies to help with benefits, debt management, housing, employment and domestic violence. It has some 70 volunteers.

Historical Winners

Previous Award Winners

2019 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2013 Winners
  • Cobbes Meadow Group Riding for the Disabled Association – Chartham
  • Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit – Dover
  • The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre – Tunbridge Wells
2012 Winners
  • Chatham Dockyard Historical Society– Chatham
  • Citizens’ Rights for Older People – Maidstone and Canterbury Offices
  • Demelza Kent Childrens’ Hospice -Sittingbourne