Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, was delighted to learn that the 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts in Old Leigh have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, and equivalent to the MBE for voluntary organisations.
The Sea Scout Group has been operating in Old Leigh since 1931, and is now one of the biggest groups in the area, offering challenge and adventure to over 250 young people aged 6-25 throughout the year, supported by a team of over 100 adult volunteers. The Group helps young people fulfil their potential by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. All of this is made possible by the dedicated team of leaders, instructors and supporters who are honoured with this award.
3rd Chalkwell Bay is one of 230 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations remains high year on year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.
Leaders from the Group will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, later this summer. In addition, two leaders have been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2021 with Her Majesty The Queen, to honour recipients of the award. Group Scout Leader Daniel Parsons says: “This is fantastic recognition for the 100+ volunteer leaders and supporters at 3rd Chalkwell Bay. The team of adults come from all walks of life, but what they have in common is their dedication, as they run new activities and teach new skills to the young people of our town every single week. The timing coinciding with Volunteers’ Week couldn’t be more appropriate.
Sir David commented, “I am absolutely delighted that the 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts have been awarded this honour, it is so well deserved. This group do brilliant work with young people and it is only right they have been recognised in this way during Volunteer Week 2020. I send my congratulations to the dedicated leaders, instructors and supporters who have made this possible.”