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© Surrey Lieutenancy 2016

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities for the benefit of others.

The annual Award – the equivalent of an MBE – was created by Her Majesty in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of her coronation. The Awards are announced on 2nd June each year. The Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant visits the winning groups to present a certificate with citation signed by The Queen, together with an engraved commemorative crystal.

This prestigious 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 Surrey if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way. To make sure a group is considered for an award the year after it is nominated, submit your nomination by 18 September. 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.

If the volunteer group you nominate is eligible for the Award, the nomination will be assessed initially at county level. The Lord Lieutenant has set-up a county assessment panel in Surrey, and its assessors visit volunteer groups that have been nominated in the county. The local panel’s recommendations are then sent 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 Queen for her approval. Winning volunteer groups will be informed if they are going to win the award before the public announcement is made.

For full details and to download a nomination form, click here.

Recent winners in Surrey

 

2016

Bereavement Service of the Princess Alice Hospice

Brooklands Museum

Frensham Pond Sailability

Spelthorne Museum

Surrey Search and Rescue

The Orpheus Centre

 

2015

Cherry Trees

Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust

Guildford Street Angels

Hambledon Village Shop

Haslemere Educational Museum

Limbcare

SAdAS/Catalyst

Surrey Dolphins Swimobility

The Brigitte Trust

The Rural Life Centre/Old Kiln Museum Trust

The West Horsley Wheel of Care

Holy Cross Hospital

 

2014

Sebastian's Action Trust

 

2013

Guildford Samaritans

 

2012

Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Hospital Trust volunteers

The Lightbox, Woking

Watts Gallery, Compton

 

2011

CHASE hospice care for children

Effingham and District County First Responders Scheme

Oxted and District Link Association

Painshill Park Trust

The Stewards of the Surrey County Agricultural Show

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care

Cast of the Wintershall Estate Play

 

2010

Age Concern, Runnymede and Spelthorne

 

2009

Elmbridge Community Link

Fire and Emergency Support Services

Ready 4 Action

Woking Branch of the Alzheimer's Society

Woodlarks Camp Site Trust