Published 31 May 2018

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

2018 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Today 250 voluntary groups from across the UK will receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was created by Her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.

Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award for providing a service that meets a need for people living in the local community.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

Organisations honoured this year range from groups combatting loneliness and social isolation in older and vulnerable people to those working to provide social opportunities and sport activities for adults with learning difficulties.

Award winners will receive a certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen and a domed glass crystal. It is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

This year's winners will be announced on 9am on Saturday 2 June. The full list will be published here

Nominations for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2019 close on 14 September 2018. Find out how to nominate a group in your local community