3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Group was awarded with the honour, equivalent to the MBE and the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group, in summer 2020.
This highly prestigious award has been made in recognition of the Group’s work in “providing outstanding opportunities, challenge and adventure to the young people of Leigh-on-Sea”.
What is “The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service”?
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, also known as the The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community is an annual award given to groups in the voluntary sector of the United Kingdom.
Winning groups are announced in the London Gazette on 2 June each year, the anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The award is equivalent to the MBE and is the highest award that can be made to a voluntary group. The award is managed by the Cabinet Office.
The award scheme was announced by The Queen on 30 April 2002, in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II, as part of her Golden Jubilee speech to the House of Lords and House of Commons. The first awards were made in 2003.