To mark the Coronation of Their Majesties, The Coronation Champions Awards, with the support of Her Majesty The Queen Consort, will celebrate and recognise inspiring volunteers who have made an exceptional difference in their communities.  Her Majesty is a passionate and long-standing advocate of volunteering and President of the Royal Voluntary Service which is organising the awards to acknowledge the contributions of volunteers across the UK.  They will commend outstanding volunteers from all communities and also aim to inspire others to explore what volunteering has to offer.  There will be eight categories of awards, from volunteering in health or animal welfare, to supporting the environment or sports and heritage.   Anyone can nominate a volunteer they know for an award.  Judges will also be on the lookout to celebrate rising stars as ‘Young Coronation Champions’ (aged 14-18).

The awards opened for nominations on 20th February 2023 and will close on 2nd April. 500 Coronation Champions will be announced before the Coronation weekend.  Visit Royal Voluntary Service to nominate a volunteer or to find out more.

The Coronation Champions Awards, along with the Big Help Out, will place volunteering at the heart of the Coronation celebrations, aiming to build a lasting legacy of volunteering spirit. The RVS website should answer most questions about the aims and process for nominations but please get in contact if you have any queries.

The Coronation Big Lunch is the community celebration for the Coronation, inviting neighbours and communities to share friendship, food and fun together as part of this historic occasion. Her Majesty The Queen Consort has been Patron of The Big Lunch since 2013, supporting the annual event which brings people together in a nationwide act of community and friendship to get to know one another a little better. For more information you can sign up for a free organiser pack at which is full of top tips, fun ideas, practical advice and everything one needs to get Coronation Big Lunch party planning started.  You can also follow them on social media @edencommunities across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.