2 June 2016

Queen's Awards for Voluntary Service 2016


Congratulations to the following voluntary groups from East Sussex who have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

  • Brighton & Hove Impetus Neighbourhood Care Scheme
  • De Etchingham Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Friends of Sussex Hospices
  • Pett Older People's Project
  • The Conservators of Ashdown Forest

They are one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.  

Each group will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex later this summer.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:

“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.

"The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”

More information on the winners can be found at the London Gazette 

Do you know of a volunteer group that devotes it’s time to helping others in your local area and deserves a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service?

Any group of two or more people that has participated in voluntary work for more than three years can be nominated for the award. Full details on how to nominate 

Nominations for the 2017 awards close on 16 September 2016 and should be made at the online nominations site