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There is some great news tonight for a local scout activity centre, which recognises the high quality of local facilities for young people. The Bolton Scout Trust, who run Bibbys Farm Scout Activity Centre in Heath Charnock, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Bolton Scout Trust aims to support adult volunteers and young people in Scouting in the Bolton area. One way it does this is by the provision of “Bibbys Farm Scout Activity Centre” where a large number of dedicated volunteers provide facilities and activities for thousands of Scouts and other young people from all over the UK and abroad.

David Bootland and Brian Davies, Directors of the Trust attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on the 24th May where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award.

Bolton Scout Trust is one of 193 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups 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 is 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.

Bolton Scout Trust will receive the award from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester later this summer.

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.”

Diane Hawkins, Chairman for the Bolton Scout Trust said:

“We were overwhelmed and honoured to learn that Bolton Scout Trust had been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. We are very grateful to the countless volunteers who have dedicated their time, week after week, for many years, to make Bibbys Farm Scout Camp site and Activity Centre the wonderful place that it is today. Hundreds of young people, from a background in scouting and guiding, from youth groups and local schools, have come to Bibbys Farm to take part in all the fantastic outdoor activities that we have to offer. All our volunteers are dedicated to ensuring that the young people who come to us have a fantastic experience and want to return for more. Whilst we have always known how much our visitors appreciate all that we have to offer, the QAVS award means so much as it is public recognition of all that has been done over the years and represents a richly deserved “thank you” to everyone who has volunteered their time and energy at Bibbys Farm.”

Pete Sturgess, Centre Manager for Bibbys Farm said:

“It is so right that our dedicated volunteers are recognised in this way. We try and look after our volunteer teams in many ways with social events, free food and accommodation whilst on-site but by far, the most rewarding benefit is when you see the smiles on the faces of young people and listen to their joyous laughing as they enjoy new experiences, memories of which will last a lifetime.”

Source: Chair, Bolton Scout Trust

 

 

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