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We work with third and public sector organisations to promote the value of volunteering to civic society. The aim is to secure an increase in the percentage of people who participate in regular volunteering in the region.

Volunteering is one of the ways in which we can build more active communities. It helps members of a community to work to meet the needs of their community.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service award recognises the contribution that voluntary organisations and volunteers make.

Anyone, including people who benefit from the group’s activities, may make a nomination.  Nominations can be made at any time and the awards are announced on 2 June on the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation. Groups that provide a truly outstanding service are selected each year to receive a crystal plaque and certificate. The groups are also allow to use the award title and emblem on their literature and representatives are invited to a reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen.

More information is available at


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Government Office for the North East
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: 0191 202 3646
fax: 0191 202 3688

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