Nominations are now open for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QVAS) 2021. The QAVS is the highest award for voluntary groups and is the equivalent of the MBE. Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work may be nominated for the award. Previous Berkshire-based award recipients include Reading Progress Theatre, Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) and Sport in Mind.
To be eligible to be nominated they should do work that provides a service that meets a need of people living in the local community, is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it. The aim is to recognise exceptional volunteering work over a period of at least 3 years. While an organisation may have paid staff the majority need to be volunteers, who need to take key roles.
An organisation, its trustees, employees or volunteers, may not nominate itself. A nominator, however, may need to ask the organisation a number of questions to enable the nomination form to be completed. Two independent letters of support will be required from people who are able to explain the benefits and impact of the group and the work of the volunteers.
- The closing date is 25 September 2020.
- The assessment process takes place in October/November and will involve a visit from two Deputy Lieutenants from the Berkshire Lieutenancy.
- The results will be announced on 2 June 2021.
- Further details (detailed guidance notes and access to the online nomination forms) are available qavs.culture.gov.uk