The King’s Award for Voluntary Service 

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.  

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. His Majesty King Charles III wished to continue The Queen’s Legacy and recognise the significant contributions of volunteers each year across the United Kingdom hence the award is now known as The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The Award recognises the vital role played by the hundreds of thousands of unacknowledged heroes of the voluntary and community world and emphasises the importance of continuing recognition of their work. Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. 

Nominations open on 1st June and will close on 15th September 2024. Local and national assessments are undertaken between December 2024 and May 2025. The awards will be announced annually on 14th November. This date was chosen, as it is His Majesty The King’s birthday.  

The Lord-Lieutenant presents the awards on behalf of His Majesty at a special ceremony. Two volunteer  representatives of the winning group are also invited to attend a Royal Garden Part at Buckingham Palace. 

For comprehensive details on the award and how to nominate somebody for their voluntary work visit the following webpages

Birmingham-based volunteer groups can also contact the West Midlands Lieutenancy Office on 0121 222 5040 for further information.