Nine Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for Essex

Nine community groups from Essex have been honoured with a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award for voluntary groups, and among the highest number of awards in the UK for this year.

The groups are:

  • 3rd Chalkwell Bay Sea Scouts Group – operates to the highest levels in scouting, providing outstanding opportunities, challenges and adventure to the young people of Leigh-on-Sea.
  • CHESS Homeless, Chelmsford – offers an end to end solution to single homeless adults in Essex, through outreach, support services, accommodation and pathways to training and employment.
  • City of Chelmsford Mencap – operates throughout mid-Essex providing a range of specialist services that directly benefit children and adults with a learning disability, their families and carers.
  • Kids Inspire, Chelmsford – support children and young people up to the age of 25 years and their families who are at educational, social and/or economic disadvantage. They provide bespoke packages of support, across Essex and beyond, to improve emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Lads Need Dads, Clacton-on-Sea – operate in Tendring and Colchester and empower and enable boys aged 11 to 15 years, with absent fathers or limited access to a male role model, to be motivated, responsible, resilient and emotionally competent.
  • Patient Panel, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow – independently representing patients’ interests across the hospital and acting as a critical friend to the hospital to improve the patient experience and services at the hospital.
  • Support 4 Sight, Saffron Walden – is celebrating its 25th year of providing support for the blind and partially sighted across its local community of Essex.
  • South Essex Community Hub, Southend-on-Sea – works to build ever improving communities, based on shared values and social cohesion through the provision of information, advice, projects, events and services that inform, challenge, educate train and entertain.
  • St John the Baptist Church and Tilbury Foodbank – bring about change through the hard work, innovation and determination of volunteers, delivering services to a disadvantaged local community bringing cohesion and a positive outlook.

The Essex groups are among 230 charities, social enterprises, and volunteer-led groups to receive the award this year. The number of awards for Essex groups were equal first with two other counties in the UK.

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, Essex Lord Lieutenant said: “The number of awards won across Essex speaks volumes for the excellence of volunteering in our county and the increasing importance of the work of volunteers for community wellbeing”.