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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

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.


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Recent winners in Surrey




Friday Swimmers                               

Guildford Town Guides                               

Patchworking Garden Project             

Stripey Stork   

Surrey Hills Society             

The Millennium Embroidery Group



Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT) 

Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) 

Fairwood Helpers 

Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis 

Spelthorne Natural History Society/Ash Link Nature Reserve

Surrey Wildlife Trust 

Swingbridge Community Boats (part of Surrey Care Trust) 

The Basingstoke Canal Society 

The Swan Sanctuary



Farnham ASSIST

Forest Estate Community Hub Volunteers Group

Freewheelers Theatre and Media Limited

Headway Surrey

Oakleaf Enterprise

Royal Holloway, University of London Community Action

Surrey Playing Fields Association

The Normandy Therapy Garden



Bereavement Service of the Princess Alice Hospice

Brooklands Museum 

Frensham Pond Sailability

Spelthorne Museum 

Surrey Search and Rescue

The Orpheus Centre 



Cherry Trees 

Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust 

Guildford Street Angels 

Hambledon Village Shop 

Haslemere Educational Museum 



Surrey Dolphins Swimobility 

The Brigitte Trust 

The Rural Life Centre/Old Kiln Museum Trust 

The West Horsley Wheel of Care 

Holy Cross Hospital 



Sebastian's Action Trust



Guildford Samaritans



Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Hospital Trust volunteers

The Lightbox, Woking

Watts Gallery, Compton



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



Age Concern, Runnymede and Spelthorne



Elmbridge Community Link

Fire and Emergency Support Services

Ready 4 Action

Woking Branch of the Alzheimer's Society

Woodlarks Camp Site Trust