The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was established in 2002 to celebrate The Queen’s Golden Jubilee.  The award is the highest honour that can be given to voluntary groups.  Its status is equivalent to the MBE.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is given for outstanding achievement by groups of volunteers who regularly devote their time to helping others in the community, improving the quality of life and opportunity for others and providing  outstanding service.

Anybody may nominate, but groups must not self-nominate.  A group can be nominated if it consists of two people or more, is based in the UK, has been in existence for at least three years, and over half of its members are volunteers.

Nominations should be submitted electronically in the period April-September for the following year’s award. The winners are announced in the London Gazette on 2 June. The Lord-Lieutenant subsequently presents winning groups with a commemorative piece of crystal and a certificate from The Queen.

Details on the nomination process are available on the https//


The QAVS Winners for 2020

AIR (Activity in Retirement), Macclesfield

Overwater Wheelyboat Services, Audlem

OPAL Services, (Rural West Cheshire)

Vale Royal Talking Newspaper


The QAVS Winners for 2019

Earlams Styal Village Community Store, Café and Gallery

ELLA Together

Frodsham Community Association

Knutsford Hosts

Merseyside & Cheshire Bloodbikes

Recent winners in Cheshire include:


Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group of Runcorn

Cheshire Search & Rescue (CSAR) based in Winsford

Knutsford Heritage Centre

Reach Out and Recover (ROAR) of Macclesfield

Space4Autism of Macclesfield


Just Drop-In Youth Info & Advice, Macclesfield

Seahorse Swimming Club, Crewe

The Neuromuscular Centre, Winsford

Onside Warrington Youth Club


East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection and Recycling Scheme      

Nantwich Agricultural Society


Chelford Tenants & Residents’ Association

CRE8 (Macclesfield)

Northern Lights Children’s Charity (Neston)


The winners of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2014 have been announced and include two Groups from Cheshire.

Fairfield & Howley Neighbourhood Project (Warrington)

The Wednesday Disco Team (Widnes).


The Welcome Cafe in Knutsford

DIAL House in Chester

Volunteers at the Anson Engineering Museum in Poynton


Mersey Weaver District Scout Council

Dee Sign Choir of Chester and

Chester Adult PHAB Social Club


Live! (Chester)

Windmill Hill Community Association (Runcorn)

Cheshire County Show Volunteers

Bridgend Centre (Bollington)

St. Luke’s Hospice Volunteers (Winsford)

St John Ambulance Cheshire Young Carers Volunteers (Ellesmere Port)