Seaton Sluice Community Association, a group of volunteers based at Seaton Sluice Community Centre have been awarded The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.  This is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

The Committee strives to organise the whole use of our community centre, which belongs to the residents.  It has 42 groups ranging from Adult Pilates to Yoga.  The Centre runs a Luncheon Club; Monday Café; Cinema Club; Tea Dances; Parent and Toddlers; Exercise classes; vocational, musical and educational classes etc.

Seaton Sluice Community Centre is one of 262 local charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive the prestigious award this year.  Their work, along with others from across the UK, reminds us of all the ways fantastic volunteers are contributing to their local communities and working to make life better for those around them.

The King’s Award for Voluntary Service aims to recognise outstanding work by local volunteer groups to benefit their communities.  It was created in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee and, following his accession, His Majesty The King emphasised his desire to continue the Award.

Recipients are announced annually on 14 November, The King’s Birthday.  Award winners this year are wonderfully diverse and include volunteer groups from across the UK, such as a social support network for disabled adults in Banffshire; a charity using a refurbished pool as a community hub in South Wales; volunteer doctors providing pre-hospital care across rural Cumbria and a village renewal organisation promoting sustainability, equality and social inclusion in County Antrim.

Representatives of Seaton Sluice Community Association will receive the award crystal and certificate from the Lord Lieutenant – the Duchess of Northumberland in the summer.  In addition, two volunteers from the group will attend a garden party at either Buckingham Palace in May/June or Holyrood House in July 2024.

The Community Association made the following statement: ‘We are very proud to receive the prestigious Kings Award for Voluntary Service.

This has been a hard slog, a matter of 22 months in the making, due to the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II.

We would like to thank all those people who helped us achieve this prestigious award.  From the person nominating us, to those who validated the application; the work of the Committee Members; all those interviewed by the assessors and last but not least the assessors themselves and the Awarding Panel.

We would also like to thank all previous committee members; our sponsors, grant givers, volunteers, and those who run our 40 groups; Blyth Valley CVA; Northumberland County Council, Seaton Valley Community Council and the Community Foundation.’

Pictured above are members of the Seaton Sluice Community Association with their ‘Steps to Success’ (Quality Assurance Scheme) Gold Award certificate that was presented to them earlier in the year.

If you would like to be part of the award-winning centre’s future and become a volunteer—please come forward and ring 0191 2980323.  Everyone is welcome.