External Awards for Guiding Members

British Citizen Award

The British Citizen Award is available across several categories, including Service to Community and Volunteering and Charitable Giving.  It can be awarded to anyone making a difference in their communities. Full details of the awards and how to nominate can be found here: http://britishcitizenawards.co.uk/faqs/.

The British Citizen Award also offers a Youth version of their honour, this is for those under the age of 16 years and full details can be found here: http://www.britishcitizenyouthawards.co.uk/

National Honours

The National Honours system recognises those who have made achievements in public life or who have committed themselves to serving and helping Britain.  A decision on a nomination will be made by an honours committee, which then go to the Prime Minister, and then to the Queen, who awards the honour.

Anyone can nominate an individual for an award.

All the details you need to find out criteria and forms for nomination can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/honours/overview and the types of Honours and who can receive them can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/honours/types-of-honours-and-awards

Local Honours

Local honours are often available from your county’s Lord Lieutenancy and High Sheriffs.  They oversee The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and the British Empire Medal nominations (BEM nominations are made via the national link, above), a link with details on how to contact each of the counties for these awards is below.

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given annually to volunteer groups in the local community and is the equivalent of the MBE for the volunteer sector. You can nominate any volunteer group if you know about the work they do. However, you cannot nominate a group that you are a part of, for example if you are a volunteer or a staff member.

The British Empire Medal is awarded for a ‘hands-on’ service to the local community. This could be a long-term charitable or voluntary activity, or innovative work of a relatively short duration (3 to 4 years) that has made a significant difference.








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The Diana Award

The Diana Award is given out in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models, aged 9-18 from across the world who are selflessly transforming the lives of others. We are looking to recognise young people going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. http://diana-award.org.uk/nomination-centre/#criteria