People are being encouraged by Worcestershire Lieutenancy to submit their nominations for the King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) which launches today.
The KAVS aims to recognise outstanding volunteering from across the UK and was first created in 2002 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. It is the highest award that can be given to local volunteer groups and is considered to be equivalent to an MBE.
Previous Worcestershire winners include St. George’s Hall in Bewdley, Roundabout in Evesham, The Monday Night Club, Sight Concern in Worcester, and the Regal in Tenbury Wells.
Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Paul West, who oversees and co-ordinates the KAVS scheme in Worcestershire, said: “We have so many voluntary organisations in the county, each meeting a particular need and with the vast majority going about their business quietly and unseen in the background. This prestigious award is a wonderful way of recognising, celebrating and thanking all those who do so much good by volunteering to help and support others and to enhance the communities in which we live.”
In being singled out for this award, organisations receive Royal recognition, a signed certificate from His Majesty The King, a crystal trophy, invitations to Royal Garden Parties and the right to use the King’s Award emblem on all of their promotional material and websites.
Nominations must be made by an independent member of the public with a good knowledge of the group’s work, such as a beneficiary or a long-term supporter.
Nominations can be made between 1st June and 15th September, through the KAVS website.
Information on how to nominate a group and the eligibility criteria can be found on the dedicated eligibility and criteria pages of the KAVS website.
The office of the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire is also happy to help with queries and offer support, the lieutenancy team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org