Southend YMCA’s SOS Bus Project has received The Queen's Award for Volunteering

The Queen's Award forThe-Queens-Award-for-Voluntary-Service-Logo Volunteering is a group MBE and the highest possible award that can be presented to volunteer groups across the UK.

Local assessment panels look at all the nominations and decide which ones to send to the National Award Committee and then the committee makes recommendations to the Cabinet Office, which sends a final list to the Queen for her approval.

At the helm of the Southend YMCA SOS Bus is project manager John Bastin who said, "Our team of volunteers and staff are a regular, reassuring presence in Southend High Street and are there to take care of anyone who may be vulnerable or the worse for wear after a night out. We are always there to provide help, support and a safe place for people to come to."

In the 6 years The SOS Bus has operated, it's become a welcome member of a wider team of organisations and people all wanting to keep people safe. This includes club staff, door-staff, the Police, Ambulance service, town centre CCTV, and the clubbers themselves.

Its estimated that over the last 6 years the Southend YMCA SOS Bus has saved the NHS an estimated £756, 750 in Ambulance call outs and A&E admissions.

The award will be presented by Lord Petre to John Bastin will receive it on behalf of the SOS bus with details to follow on final date/time.

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