TOP AWARD FOR GREENOCK GROUP
Posted on 2 June 2016
A voluntary group from Greenock who works in the community to provide the everyday adventure to young people has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK, equivalent to the MBE. No other Scout Group in Scotland has received this honour previously.
This highly prestigious award has been made in recognition of the Group’s work in helping young people achieve personal development skills through events and activities for over 100 years.
The 32nd Scout Group was founded in 1915 in Mearns Street, Greenock and has had unbroken service for 101 years through two world wars, which is unique. In that time literally thousands of young people have passed through the group, which prides itself with its work with young people of all abilities and each year has a record number of Queen Scout Award recipients.
Last year the group, which is based in both St Patrick’s and Whinhill Primary schools, Broomhill ,Greenock celebrated its centenary with a full year of events and celebrations including a civic reception at Greenock Town Hall and a service of celebration a few days before Christmas 2015.
Later on this year senior representatives from the group will attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace where they will meet Her Majesty the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.
The 32nd Group is one of only 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups in the UK to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of awards given to groups this year is slightly higher than last year, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities. The awards were created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and winners are announced each year on 2 June – the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Award winners this year range from a War Memorial Community Trust, providing social facilities for the benefit of the community in Clwyd, Wales, to a club enhancing the community by developing individuals through athletics, in Ayrshire and Arran, Scotland.
The group will officially be presented with the Award in the form of a citation personally signed by the Queen and a domed glass crystal later in the year at a special event held hosted by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire, Mr Guy Clark.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Committee Chair, former broadcast journalist Sir Martyn Lewis said:
“I warmly congratulate all of the inspirational voluntary groups who have been rewarded for their community work with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The judging panel for this year’s awards were struck by the quality and breadth of all the successful groups.
The thousands of volunteers who give up spare time to help others in their community and to help solve problems demonstrate the very best of democracy in action.”
Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, said:
“I would like to congratulate all groups who received this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, in recognition of their fantastic achievements. The huge amount of work and commitment these organisations put into their local communities is surpassed only by the passion and motivation of the individuals who volunteer. I hope these groups continue to inspire others to get involved and make a positive impact so that we can continue to build a more compassionate society.”
Carol McCallum, Group Scout Leader of the 32nd said: ‘’ This award recognises the contribution of the leaders, young leaders, Parents executive and others working in the group in partnership with our local communities to provide a wide range of opportunities for our 200 plus young people to develop while enjoying the everyday adventure of scouting. I am so proud of the journey we have come which is all down to a first class team of dedicated adult volunteers ‘’