King’s Award for Voluntary Service

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service, previously known as the Queen’s 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 HM Queen’s coronation, and the first awards were made in 2003. It is 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 assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Further information, including how to apply can be found here.

Below are all recipients in Cambridgeshire since the first awards in 2003.  The awards are published in special supplements of the London Gazette.

2023Chinese Community in PeterboroughWorking to improve community cohesion, social harmony & community wellbeing.
2022Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA)Providing support and guidance to all migrant asylum seekers, refugees and local residents within Peterborough
2022CARESCODelivering a range of essential services to support the vulnerable in the Sawtry area
2022Library@Home ServiceBringing library services to housebound residents aiding independence, well-being and socialisation
2020March Amateur Boxing ClubVolunteers providing boxing training and fitness for all members of the local community since 1947
2019Hampton TiddlersSupporting children aged 0 -5 years and their families in and around Peterborough
2019SERV – Suffolk & CambridgeshireProviding free transport of essential blood products, samples and donated breast milk to hospitals and air ambulances
2018Peterborough SailabilityProviding sailing for disabled people, giving them enjoyment and a feeling of independence
2018Railworld Wildlife HavenCreating habitats for nature and model railways
2015LadyBird TrustBased in Huntingdon and providing trips on the River Great Ouse for disabled and/or disadvantaged members of local communities of all ages
2015The Hometown Rock and Roll BandOver 30 years the band has raised in excess of £300,000 which has been given to local charities and worthy causes
2013The Rosmini CentreProviding support and welfare advice to both established and newly arriving families alongside multi-cultural events and activities
2013Cambridgeshire Search and RescueFor preserving life both independently and in association with the emergency services and for the relief of suffering by those endangered by accident or natural hazard
2011Peterborough Racial Equality Council (PREC)Promoting good community relations and providing free training, development, advice and support for communities in Peterborough
2011Thriplow Daffodil Weekend CommitteeManaging a community event raising funds to benefit other local charitable groups
2010Viva Arts and Community GroupArts and community projects for all ages throughout Cambridgeshire
2010Wallace Cancer CareProviding information with practical and psychological support for cancer patients and their families in Cambridge
2007Friends of Somersham LibraryProviding a volunteer run library and information centre, a valuable resource for our local communities
2006The Cambridgeshire ParliamentSupporting people with learning difficulties to become active citizens in their communities, representing others and developing themselves
2005MagpasOperating an emergency rapid response medical charity in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
2004March and Chatteris Talking Newspaper AssociationProviding recorded tapes and tactile reading matter to visually impaired and physically handicapped people in the local community
2003Jimmy’s Night ShelterProviding accommodation for rough sleepers in Cambridge, helping them move into suitable accommodation and raising awareness