We know many employees in Shropshire will also be involved in voluntary work across the county. In normal times the lieutenancy run workshops to promote QAVS to charities but this is very difficult during Covid, so we want to get the information out to employers with a request for you to communicate it to your staff.

A QAVS is often described as the MBE for voluntary groups, this award was created by the Queen in 2002 in celebrating her Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, 2nd June. It is considered the most prestigious award for voluntary groups; those awarded receive a beautiful crystal and certificate; they are also allowed to use the QAVS logo on their website, stationery etc.

The Award aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups for the benefit of their local communities and is a wonderful accolade for largely unsung heroes.  We are keen to reach more voluntary sector organisations to reward the work they do, year in, year out.

Key criteria for nomination:

• Must be volunteer led.
• Group must consist of at least 3 people, more than half of whom are volunteers.
• More than half must reside in the UK.
• Provides a specific service or benefit in a local area.
• UK-based (although its work can be overseas).
• Operating at a high standard for at least 3 years.
• Meets requirements for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.
• Need not be a registered charity, small groups or CICs are eligible.
• Must have relevant insurances in place.
• Not solely engaged in fundraising although Groups that raise funds may be eligible if: Work extends beyond fundraising and…It focuses on events or local activities rather than just asking for a donation and…Provides benefit to the local community.

Anyone requiring further information should email Jenny Wynn DL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or visit: https://qavs.culture.gov.uk/

Nominations for the 2022 Award can be submitted from 1 April 2021.