HM The Queen recognises outstanding volunteers across the Commonwealth

Volunteers across the Commonwealth that have made an outstanding contribution or change to their community are being recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Commonwealth Point of Light.

First established as an initiative in the USA by the President in 1990, UK Points of Light was developed in partnership with the US programme and launched in April 2014. Since then, almost 900 hundred people in the UK have been named a Point of Light by the Prime Minister. 

Building on this, Commonwealth Points of Light will highlight innovative and inspirational volunteering across the Commonwealth. Individuals named as a Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

One outstanding volunteer from each of the 52 Commonwealth countries will be recognised every week day from Thursday 1 February, in the run up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM) in London from 16-20 April.

As Commonwealth leaders come together to address shared global challenges and agree how to work to create a better future for all citizens, each volunteer chosen as a Commonwealth Point of Light is recognised for making a contribution to tackling some of these challenges in their communities and beyond. 

From better access to youth and skills education, healthcare and mental health support to habitat conservation and improved community security, Commonwealth Points of Light are fundraising, awareness raising and problem solving heroes whose actions have changed and saved lives.

The work of these volunteers can inspire others to get involved with or start their own initiatives and helps to create a better future for all citizens across the Commonwealth.

Learn more about our Commonwealth Points of Light recipients and discover their stories at and by following @commonwealth18 on Twitter and commonwealth2018 on Facebook.