As part of Her Late Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June, it was announced that Nottinghamshire Scouts had been awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) the highest award given to UK volunteer groups, being the equivalent to the MBE.
This prestigious award has been awarded to Nottinghamshire Scouts, to recognise the hard work and impact that over 9,000 volunteers have on their local communities from their weekly Scouting activities, to County-wide projects including The Sycamore Dining, Notts Scouts Water Activity Centre in Hoveringham, the Nottingham Gang Show, and the Nottinghamshire Scouts Charity Shop in Sherwood.
Following announcement of the Award in June, an extra sentimental level has since been added to this award as this special award turned out to be one of the last made by Queen Elizabeth II following her sad passing in September 2022.
On Wednesday 16th November, representatives of Groups in Central Notts gathered alongside the rest of Nottinghamshire Scouts at County Hall in Nottingham for the special presentation of the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace on behalf of her Late Majesty the Queen, and His Majesty the King.
During the course of the evening, the volunteers received a special message from our Chief Scouts Bear Grylls, who congratulated all of the Adult Volunteers on this great achievement.
As part of the evening, each group representative received their Groups Certificates and pin badges, and over the coming weeks you are sure to see the pin badges being worn proudly on uniforms across the District and County!