The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service
is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK. The Erewash Canal Preservation & Development Association volunteers were awarded this MBE for volunteer groups in 2019.
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.
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.