The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen’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 in 2002 to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. The Awards are announced on 2nd June each year the anniversary of The Queen’s coronation. Winning groups receive a certificate signed by the Queen and a commemorative crystal pillar.  In recent years members of the Royal Family have often presented the awards in Berkshire 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 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Recent Berkshire winners


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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