Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)

The West Midlands Lieutenancy and Coventry City Council are delighted to invite you and one other person on the evening of Wednesday 26th June 2019 in The Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite.

Dear All

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS)

The West Midlands Lieutenancy and Coventry City Council are delighted to invite you and one other person on the evening of Wednesday 26th June 2019 in The Lord Mayor’s Hospitality Suite, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR to hear about the Queens Awards for Voluntary Service. The evening will start at 6:00pm with light refreshments which will be available from 5:30pm.

The QAVS is the highest award given to voluntary groups across the UK.  The West Midlands Lieutenancy is keen to increase the number of nominations received for volunteers in Coventry and has approached the Council for support with this. Please note that the Lord-Lieutenant’s Deputy Lieutenants  that will be on hand during the evening

An event has therefore been arranged to encourage nominations from volunteering groups in Coventry.  At the event you will be guided through the criteria for being nominated for the award by Deputy Lieutenants on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant and they will discuss the process for completing the nomination form.  Practical advice and support will also be offered so that the daunting task of completing the nomination forms can be made easier.

QAVS - Criteria

Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half of the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK. Volunteer Groups must have been running for 3 years or more to be nominated. 

To be nominated the volunteers should do work that:

  • Provides a service and meet a need for people living in the local community
  • Is supported, recognised and respected by the local community and the people who benefit from it
  • Is run locally

Nominees

The other person that you may want to bring with you could be a person who could potentially nominate your group for the QAVS, as they will be the ones who will be completing the nomination form.  The nominee can be anyone, including people who benefit from the group's activities.  You cannot nominate your own group if you are a volunteer or paid staff member and nomination should be independent.

To make the best use of time you may find it useful to bring information on some of the following:

  • Your impact on the local community
  • Statistical information about the number of people going through your project
  • Uniqueness of your project
  • What has changed as a result of your input
  • Case studies
  • Financial situation
  • How you have ensure safeguarding of adults and children

More details on QAVS can be found on the following link:  https://www.gov.uk/queens-award-for-voluntary-service/overview

Please confirm your attendance to Jane Barlow jane.barlow@coventry.gov.uk no later than Friday 21st June 201, also please indicate whether you have any specific dietary or access requirements.

Yours sincerely,

John Crabtree OBE                                Councillor Linda Bigham

Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant                 Lord Mayor of the City of Coventry

of the West Midlands