The vast majority of those honoured are unsung heroes providing a vital source of support for communities across Britain.
Campaigner Marcia Shakespeare, whose 17-year- old daughter Letisha was shot dead 14 years ago, gets an MBE for services to law and order.
Letisha was gunned down with her best friend Charlene Ellis, 18, in the 2003 New Year’s Day shootings outside a hairdressing salon in Birmingham in a tragedy that shocked the nation.
Marcia, 50, has waged a tireless campaign against gangs, guns and knife crime and has spoken to over 100,000 children. The guidance support officer wept when she opened the letter with news of her award.
She said: “I know if Letisha wasn’t murdered I wouldn’t have taken the path I have taken.
“My little innocent Letisha, kind-hearted – the kindest heart – I thought of her and it was just tears.
“I am not doing this for honours. In one sense I am thrilled, but it is a bittersweet moment. My work continues and there is so much to do.”
Chris Green, who launched the White Ribbon campaign in Britain to tackle domestic violence, receives an OBE.
Chris, of Hebden Bridge, West Yorks, said: “This award is for services to equality and we are so far from an equal society. My award is a recognition of the part men must play in challenging male violence against women and girls and examining our own controlling behaviour and feelings of entitlement.”
Pensioner Alan Woodhouse, 83, helped to set up the Samaritans’ Liverpool branch in 1960 and has trained hundreds of recruits. He said his MBE for services to vulnerable people “is not about me, it’s about recognising the work of Samaritans volunteers throughout the decades”.
The former teacher – the charity’s longest-serving volunteer – said: “To anyone thinking about volunteering I’d say ‘do it, it will enrich your life’.”
Joanna Smith, a volunteer at the Samaritans’ Durham branch for 13 years, is “thrilled to bits” with her MBE for her work in reducing suicide and self-harm in prisons.
Pam Preston, of Dudley, said she is “absolutely overwhelmed and thrilled” to be awarded the British Empire Medal for services to mental health in the West Midlands. She has been a listening volunteer for nine years and was director of a local branch.