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.
|2022||Peterborough Asylum and Refugee Community Association (PARCA)||Providing support and guidance to all migrant asylum seekers, refugees and local residents within Peterborough|
|2022||CARESCO||Delivering a range of essential services to support the vulnerable in the Sawtry area|
|2022||Library@Home Service||Bringing library services to housebound residents aiding independence, well-being and socialisation|
|2020||March Amateur Boxing Club||Volunteers providing boxing training and fitness for all members of the local community since 1947|
|2019||Hampton Tiddlers||Supporting children aged 0 -5 years and their families in and around Peterborough|
|2019||SERV – Suffolk & Cambridgeshire||Providing free transport of essential blood products, samples and donated breast milk to hospitals and air ambulances|
|2018||Peterborough Sailability||Providing sailing for disabled people, giving them enjoyment and a feeling of independence|
|2018||Railworld Wildlife Haven||Creating habitats for nature and model railways|
|2015||LadyBird Trust||Based in Huntingdon and providing trips on the River Great Ouse for disabled and/or disadvantaged members of local communities of all ages|
|2015||The Hometown Rock and Roll Band||Over 30 years the band has raised in excess of £300,000 which has been given to local charities and worthy causes|
|2013||The Rosmini Centre||Providing support and welfare advice to both established and newly arriving families alongside multi-cultural events and activities|
|2013||Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue||For 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|
|2011||Peterborough Racial Equality Council (PREC)||Promoting good community relations and providing free training, development, advice and support for communities in Peterborough|
|2011||Thriplow Daffodil Weekend Committee||Managing a community event raising funds to benefit other local charitable groups|
|2010||Viva Arts and Community Group||Arts and community projects for all ages throughout Cambridgeshire|
|2010||Wallace Cancer Care||Providing information with practical and psychological support for cancer patients and their families in Cambridge|
|2007||Friends of Somersham Library||Providing a volunteer run library and information centre, a valuable resource for our local communities|
|2006||The Cambridgeshire Parliament||Supporting people with learning difficulties to become active citizens in their communities, representing others and developing themselves|
|2005||Magpas||Operating an emergency rapid response medical charity in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire|
|2004||March and Chatteris Talking Newspaper Association||Providing recorded tapes and tactile reading matter to visually impaired and physically handicapped people in the local community|
|2003||Jimmy’s Night Shelter||Providing accommodation for rough sleepers in Cambridge, helping them move into suitable accommodation and raising awareness|