The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) was established 20 years ago to commemorate the Golden Jubilee, so Jubilee years always have a special significance for us. In 2012, when the award was 10 years old, we gave a special Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award to a range of outstanding national charities, including some with an Olympic theme. This was run alongside the annual QAVS which celebrates small local volunteer groups.
This time we are taking a similar approach with a separate, one-off Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Volunteering Award. It will celebrate excellent work by national charities to benefit young people aged 16-25, empowering them and giving them skills and opportunities. Registered charities operating at a UK level or across a whole nation will be able to apply via this website. We are really looking forward to hearing about fantastic initiatives to get alongside young people and help them be the best they can be. The last few years have been a challenge for everyone, but particularly for them.
If you volunteer or work for a national charity doing outstanding work with this age group, then do encourage them to apply so that they can get the recognition they deserve. We’d also love everyone to help us spread the word by sharing our Tweets and Facebook posts about this award, in addition to tagging us with #PlatinumJubileeQAVS.