Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, also known as the The Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom. Winning groups are announced in the London Gazette on 2 June each year, the anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The award is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group. The award is managed by the Cabinet Office.
The award was announced by The Queen on 30 April 2002, in celebration of the her Golden Jubilee, as part of her Golden Jubilee speech to the House of Lords and House of Commons. The first awards were made in 2003.
Over 750 groups had been awarded up to June 2010.
- "Full text of the Queen's Jubilee speech". BBC News. 30 April 2002. Retrieved 8 June 2008.
- "Winners and case studies of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service". Direct Gov. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012.