The Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work in their local communities for the benefit of others.  The Lieutenancy is heavily involved in promoting and organising these Awards in the County.  In recent years, many voluntary groups in Buckinghamshire have received this prestigious award.

The annual Award – the equivalent of an MBE – was created by HM The Queen in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. The Awards are announced on 2nd June each year the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. Winning groups receive a certificate signed by The Queen and a Commemorative Crystal Pillar.  In recent years members of the Royal Family have often presented the awards in Buckinghamshire at a Special Ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy.

This major UK national honour sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. Each nomination is judged on the benefits it gives to the local community. There is not a set number of winners in a sector of volunteering work or region of the country.  

You are actively encouraged to nominate any volunteer group in Buckinghamshire if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way.

How to Nominate someone for an award

In common with the UK National Honours, there are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms. Award nominations will be considered at any point within 3 years of the nomination.  Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work (for three years or more) that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

A comprehensive guide to nominations and a nomination form can be found on The Queens Award for Voluntary Service website. 

2020 Award Recipients

Buckinghamshire voluntary groups receive royal award.

Seven voluntary organisations from across Buckinghamshire; out of a total of 230 organisations from across the UK; have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), the highest accolade a voluntary group in the UK can achieve.


This year's recipients are:

  • Bosom Pals MK

  • Cowper and Newton Museum Volunteers

  • Kop Hill Climb

  • Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club (MMKAC)

  • MK Snap

  • Olney Rugby Football Club

  • The Brooklands Centre, Newport Pagnell

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