Guernsey Government House

Prestigious Awards for Local Volunteers

To mark the anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation of 2nd June, two of the Bailiwick's leading voluntary organisations were recognised with a national award.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service ("QAVS") was created in 2002 to mark The Queen's Golden Jubilee, and is the MBE equivalent awarded for outstanding work by voluntary organisations to benefit their local communities.  Each year a shortlist of several hundred eligible groups from across Britain is reviewed by the National Award Committee, which makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office.  A final list is submitted to Her Majesty The Queen for approval.

This year the Guernsey Voluntary Service and Guernsey Disablility Swimming have both earned the Award for outstanding voluntary work within their respective fields.  His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor will present each organisation with a certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen and a domed glass later this year.  Both organisations will also receive an invitation for representatives to attend a Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace.

His Excellency welcomed the news saying "I'm very pleased that two hard working and extremely effective local charities have each been recognised with the gold standard of volunteering".

Further information about the QAVS Award can be found at: