The King's Award for Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work in their local communities for the benefit of others.  The Lieutenancy is heavily involved in promoting and organising these Awards in the County.  In recent years, many voluntary groups in Berkshire have received this prestigious award.

The annual Award – the equivalent of an MBE – was created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. Winning groups receive a certificate signed by The King and a commemorative crystal pillar.  These are presented by the Lord Lieutenant at a special ceremony arranged by the Lieutenancy.

This major UK national honour sets the national benchmark for excellence in volunteering. Each nomination is judged on the benefits it gives to the local community. There is not a set number of winners in a sector of volunteering work or region of the country. 

You are actively encouraged to nominate any volunteer group in Berkshire if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way.

How to Nominate Someone for an Award

In common with the UK National Honours, there are no deadlines for the receipt of nomination forms. Award nominations will be considered at any point within 3 years of the nomination.  Any group of two or more people doing volunteering work (for two years or more) that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.

A comprehensive guide to nominations and a nomination form can be found on the website The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

Recent Berkshire winners

My Cancer My Choices
The Ceremonial Wardens   

Alana House
Homestart West Berkshire
The Ark Trust CIC

Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara (GMGG)
Learning to work                                                                                                             
Listen to Us                                                                                                                       
MOD Corsham Military Co-Responders Team                       
No5 Young People                                                                                                           
Reading Family Aid Group                                                                                           
Reading Rowing Club                                                                                                   
Smart Works Reading                                                                                                   
The Link Foundation                                                           
The Link Visiting Scheme 

Berkshire Healthcare NHS FT 'Volunteers'
Progress Theatre

Maidenhead & District Stroke Club
Paving the Way
Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG)
Sport in Mind
The Mills Archive Trust
Wargrave Girls Football Club

Electric Eels Swimming & Syncro Club for children with Down's Syndrome
Swallowfield Horticultural Society
The Wayz

Earley Day Centre
Swallowfield Community Responders
Thames ValleyKings Wheelchair Basketball Club (Kings)
The Braywick Charitable Trust
West Berkshire Therapy Centre

Building for the Future, Wokingham
Clay Hill Residents Association, West Berkshire
Earley Volunteer Driver Bureau, Wokingham
Maidenhead & Windsor Community First Responders, Maidenhead
Relay for Life Ascot, Ascot
The Challenge Club, Bracknell
The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, West Berkshire
The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading
The Sir Stanley Spencer Memorial Trust, Cookham

Apna Virsa, Slough
Jealott's Hill Community Landshare, Bracknell
Open Kitchen, Maidenhead
Slough Special Voices, Slough

ABC to Read, Reading
Berkshire County Blind Society
Crowthorne Old Age to Teen Society
Elizabeth House Cookham
Kerith Community Church, Bracknell
Mortimer Village Partnership
Slough Furniture Project (Homemaker)

Red Diamond Club, Bracknell
Churches in Reading Women’s Centre
Thames Hospicecare Windsor
Thames Valley Positive Support Slough


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