The King's Award for
Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering. To celebrate outstanding examples of this work, The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was instituted in 2002 for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and has continued to shine a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups since that point.
Now under the auspices of His Majesty The King, The KAVS is the equivalent to an MBE and the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities for the benefit of others. It is an award for life. Any group carrying out voluntary work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.
Across Nottinghamshire we have many excellent organisations doing great things within the community and the Lord-Lieutenant is very keen to encourage applications and ensure that as many local organisations as possible, that have been running for three years or more, are deservedly recognised for their contribution.
There is not a set number of KAVS awarded each year so please do not hesitate to nominate any volunteer group in Nottinghamshire if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way. Nominations for the King’s Award for Voluntary Service can be made online at the KAVS Website. Before you start the nomination process, please read the detailed guidance notes available here and, if you need help and advice in completing the nomination, support is also available from Nottinghamshire Lieutenancy.
If the volunteer group you nominate is eligible for the Award, the nomination will be assessed initially at County level by the Lieutenancy’s Honours Panel. As part of this process, Deputy Lieutenants will visit volunteer groups that have been nominated to make an assessment. The Honours Panel will then forward a short-list to the National Award Committee which, in turn, makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office sends a recommended list of volunteer groups that should win the award to The King for his approval. Winning volunteer groups will confidentially be informed if they are going to win the award before the public announcement is made.
Recent Winners from Nottinghamshire
Himma; Notts LGBT+ Network; Framework Knitters Museum
Beeston Community Resource CIO;
Care After Combat
The Lace Market Theatre
Nottinghamshire County Scout Council
We R Here
Nottingham Women's Centre
Ladybrook Enterprises, Mansfield
The Friary, Nottingham
Forces in the Community, Nottingham
Green's Windmill, Nottingham
Vale First Responders
Children's Bereavement Centre
Reach Learning Disability
Dukes Wood Oil Museum
Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire
Nottingham Child Contact Centre
Arkwright Community Gardens
Bassetlaw Action Centre
Rushcliffe Country Park
Bingham and District Audio Magazine
Victim Support Young Witness Service
Dukeries Community Workshop
Bulwell Credit Union
Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors
Nottingham and NottinghamshireAdvocacy Alliance
Radford Care Group
Nottinghamshire Bereavement Trust
Green Health Volunteers
Ashfield Environmental Project