Clare, Countess of Euston H.M. Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk with Rural Coffee Caravan

Queens Award For Voluntary Service

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.

Who can be nominated?

Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

How to nominate a group

Nominate by the second Friday of September at

You'll need:

  1. someone who knows the organisation but not directly connected to them to make the application
  2. two supporting letters

The panel is looking for excellence and innovation. Applications are assessed nationally and reviewed locally, organised through the Lieutenancy office.

Applications are then finally adjudicated by national panels and announced annually on the anniversary of HM The Queen's Coronation (2 June) to coincide with Volunteers Week.

2022 winners and previous winners

2022: BSC Multicultural Services

2022: Suffolk Lowland Search & Rescue

2022: Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw

2022: Halesworth Volunteers

2021: Butley Ferrymen

2021: Inside Out Community

2021: Hour Community

2021: Success After Stroke

2019: The Rural Coffee Caravan Information Project (details on InfoLink)

2018: Upbeat Support Group

2017: The Friends of Thetford Forest

Support for voluntary groups in Suffolk

The Lord Lieutenant has set up a special group to help encourage more Suffolk Voluntary Groups to achieve this prestigious award.

It's the equivalent of an MBE and comes with great kudos, allowing the recipients to wear QAVS badges and to carry the emblem on their stationery. It's an award that is greatly respected by funders and statutory bodies.

We have a group of Deputy Lieutenants and professionals from the voluntary sector in Suffolk who are ready and willing to help you through the process with advice and support. We can advise on whom might be best placed to write your supporting letters and how to make the best possible case for the group you are considering nominating.

Contact information

Judith Shallow DL

Suffolk Lieutenancy QAVS Group

07866 547277

Sue Bennitt

Secretary to HM Lord Lieutenant, Clare, Countess of Euston

01473 264004