The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

It is considered to be the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is intensively assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.

The Carterton Lions were awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2012, and were the first Lions Club to be presented with this prestigious award.

Our citation reads that we have gained this award for "providing a broad spectrum of service and support activities benefiting the Oxfordshire community and wider population with appropriate fund-raising".

Needless to say, we are extremely proud not only to have received this award for ourselves, but also as a reflection of all of the hard work and commitment shown every day by many other Lion Clubs across the UK.

The award was presented on behalf of the Queen by the Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mr Tim Stevenson OBE

See our QAVS Press Release on the PRESS RELEASE tab

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