Tyneside Scouts win voluntary group equivalent of MBE
The 22nd South Shields (Brownsea) Scout Group were last week presented with The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service, a major national award that is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups.
The award was presented by the Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear during a ceremony at the Margaret Sutton School in South Shields, where the Group is based. Members of the Group took the opportunity to demonstrate some of their Scouting skills at the event, from arts and crafts to circus skills.
The Brownsea Scout Group, with a dozen leaders and more than 50 members, is one of only two organisations in the North East to have won this award for its promotion of good citizenship and work in the community.
Heart of the community
Steven Robson, 20, a helper with the Brownsea Group, said,
'Scouting has helped me in so many ways when I was a young member, now as an adult the skills I gained helped me get a job.
'It is excellent to now be able to go back and help the community and the next generation of young adults.'
Also recognised in this year’s Queen’s Awards was the 46th Norwich Scout Group. The Group, which meets at a hospital, was recognised for its outstanding work with young people with a range of special needs.