The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to volunteer groups, being equivalent to the MBE, and recognises the exceptional work done by volunteer groups in their communities.
We worked with Queens Award Lead, Deputy Lieutenant Nick Venning, and Dudley Honours Working Group to introduce a system where potential nominees in Dudley borough could be identified and supported through the award nomination process.
In 2019, we identified and approached six potential nominees in Dudley to meet with the Deputy Lieutenant, and supported them through the application process, providing useful resources, sample forms and supporting letters.
In total, 7 Dudley groups were nominated and 5 were successful receiving a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2020.
“Without support from Dudley CVS, it would have been virtually impossible to identify good candidates/nominees for these awards.
This is particularly the case in respect of QAVS. In 2020, Dudley received no less than five QAVS awards; this is equal to the number received by Greater Birmingham and over four times what might be expected on a UK population pro-rata basis.”
Deputy Lieutenant Nick Venning
“The support that Eileen (Volunteer Centre) gave us was invaluable and gave us great insight. We were successful in gaining the QAVS award this year (2020) this has increased awareness of our charity tenfold. It’s presenting us with some very different opportunities to work with more partners across the region.”
Sarah Offley, Chief Officer, Voices for Choice