The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities for the benefit of others.

The annual Award – the equivalent of an MBE – was created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of her coronation. The Awards are announced on 14 November each year. The Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant visits the winning groups to present a certificate with citation signed by The King, together with an engraved commemorative crystal. 

This prestigious 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. 

The nomination window for the 2025 round opens on 1st September 2024 and you are actively encouraged to nominate any volunteer group in Surrey if you know about the work they do and believe it should be honoured in this way. To make sure a group is considered for an award the year after it is nominated, submit your nomination by 1st December 2024. Any group of three or more people doing volunteering work (for three years or more) that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award.  The online form can be accessed here.

If the volunteer group you nominate is eligible for the Award, the nomination will be assessed initially at county level. The Lord- Lieutenant has set-up a county assessment panel in Surrey, and its assessors visit volunteer groups that have been nominated in the county. The local panel’s recommendations are then sent to the National Award Committee which, in turn, makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office. The Cabinet Office sends a recommended list of volunteer groups that should win the award to The King for his approval. Winning volunteer groups will be informed if they are going to win the award before the public announcement is made. 

For full details and to download a nomination form from The Award’s website.

Our leaflet about The KAVS can be downloaded here.

Recent winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in Surrey


The Lighthouse, Woking

Sight for Surrey; and


Dorking Museum & Heritage Centre;

Emerge Advocacy;

Mid Surrey Community Fridges;

SERV Surrey & South London; and

Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum (SMEF)


Riverside Arts centre, Sunbury-on-Thames

Walton Firs Foundation and Activity Centre, Cobham


Friday Swimmers  
Guildford Town Guides
Patchworking Garden Project
Stripey Stork  
Surrey Hills Society  
The Millennium Embroidery Group


Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT) 
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) 
Fairwood Helpers 
Samson Centre for Multiple Sclerosis 
Spelthorne Natural History Society/Ash Link Nature Reserve
Surrey Wildlife Trust 
Swingbridge Community Boats (part of Surrey Care Trust) 
The Basingstoke Canal Society 
The Swan Sanctuary


Farnham ASSIST
Forest Estate Community Hub Volunteers Group
Freewheelers Theatre and Media Limited
Headway Surrey
Oakleaf Enterprise
Royal Holloway, University of London Community Action
Surrey Playing Fields Association
The Normandy Therapy Garden


Bereavement Service of the Princess Alice Hospice
Brooklands Museum 
Frensham Pond Sailability
Spelthorne Museum 
Surrey Search and Rescue
The Orpheus Centre 


Cherry Trees 
Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust 
Guildford Street Angels 
Hambledon Village Shop 
Haslemere Educational Museum 
Surrey Dolphins Swimobility 
The Brigitte Trust 
The Rural Life Centre/Old Kiln Museum Trust 
The West Horsley Wheel of Care 
Holy Cross Hospital 


Sebastian’s Action Trust


Guildford Samaritans


Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Hospital Trust volunteers
Watts Gallery, Compton
The Lightbox, Woking


CHASE hospice care for children
Cast of the Wintershall Estate Play
Effingham and District County First Responders Scheme
Oxted and District Link Association
Painshill Park Trust
The Stewards of the Surrey County Agricultural Show
Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care


Age Concern, Runnymede and Spelthorne


Elmbridge Community Link
Fire and Emergency Support Services
Ready 4 Action
Woking Branch of the Alzheimer’s Society
Woodlarks Camp Site Trust