Do you know a person or local voluntary group making an extraordinary contribution to the community, voluntary, local and social enterprise sector? If so, nominating them for an honour or award can be a great way to recognise their efforts. To represent all members of society, we welcome high quality nominations from all groups, including underrepresented groups, such as women, those with disabilities and those from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities.
If you know of any worthy recipients, please see the information below for instructions on how to nominate or get in touch with the Office for Civil Society on 0207 271 6206 if you have queries.
Honours To Recognise Individuals
There are two awards rounds each year (the New Year Honours in January and the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June) which recognise people with significant achievements in public life or who have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.
The Office for Civil Society focuses on honours to recognise volunteering in the community, voluntary and private public service, philanthropy, supporting those who are less well off, promoting community cohesion, supporting the growth of social action and civil society, helping improve capability and innovation in the voluntary sector and making a significant and sustained positive impact on the lives of young people. Recipients might be involved in
•Community empowerment such as community leaders or people who mobilise their community by leading community campaigns, fundraising for, or taking ownership of community assets such as sports centres, meeting places and pubs.
•Public service reform, by establishing or improving delivery of public services such as setting up an employee owned mutual or parents who have come together to set up a free school.
•Social action, whether volunteering skills, time or expertise in their local communities, or philanthropists who are making a difference to our society.
•You will need to submit a nomination form and at least two independent letters of support. The form and guidance are online at https://www.gov.uk/honours.
Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service To Recognise ‘Local Community’ Voluntary Groups
Nominations are open for the 2017 round of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise the outstanding work carried out in their own communities.
The award was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and it
is the MBE for volunteer groups. In 2016, we received over 400 nominations from across the UK, representing a variety of inspiring organisations.
Nominations are open until 16 September 2016 and further information can be found online at https://qavs.direct.gov.uk.