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King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2024

by Guy Murphy

Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering. Each year, outstanding examples of this work are celebrated through the King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS).

Created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and previously known as The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Award has been shining a light on the fantastic work of voluntary groups from all across the UK for many years.

Equivalent to an MBE, the King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest Award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life.

Nominations are now open and the awards are announced on The King’s birthday, 14 November each year.

How to make a nomination

Anybody may nominate a group of volunteers but groups must not self-nominate. A group (consisting of 3 people or more) can be nominated if:

  • It is based in the UK
  • It has been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Over half of its members are volunteers.

Further information and nomination forms are available on The King’s Award for Voluntary Service


The deadline for nominations is 15 September 2023.

The Merseyside Lieutenancy Office may be able to offer advice and mentoring to eligible applicants in the completion of the online application form.