Volunteers at 43rd Bristol Scout Group receive Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service as part of Avon County Scouts

Earlier this summer Avon County Scouts volunteers were honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The award aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups to benefit their local communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Scouting in the Avon area supports young people from all walks of life to reach their full potential and become the best possible citizens of the future while having fun and learning skills for life. They are fully inclusive and totally embedded within the community taking part in a plethora of activities and having a profound impact on hundreds of children.

Avon County Scouts is one of 244 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups from across the United Kingdom and Channel Islands to receive the prestigious award this year. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to make life better for those around them.

Avon Scout County is one of the largest Scout Counties in the UK with nearly 12,000 members and over 3,437 adult volunteers. The 43rd Bristol Scout Group is part of Cabot District which itself forms part of Avon Scout County.

Charles Elderton, Chair of the 43rd Bristol Scout Group, said Congratulations to all our adult volunteer Leaders, helpers and trustees who devote so much of their time and effort. You are amazing. Thank you for everything you do. As a Group we are proud to be part of Avon County Scouts and to share in this award.”

Our Group is fund-raising for a new Scout Community Centre. If you are able to donate, please visit www.43rdbristolscouts.org.uk