Past winner profile - Celebration of Scouting Awards

2nd August 2019
Know someone inspirational?

With the nominations for the Celebration of Scouting Awards 2019 now open, we’re profiling some of last year’s winners.

Next up is Shan Cheeseman who won the Inspirational Volunteer Award 2018.

Shan was nominated for the award due to her dedication to saving Scouting in Kidwelly. She transformed the once dwindling group into one that is now thriving and blossoming and is inclusive, community focussed and has the young people at the heart of everything it does.

Shan has helped to ensure thousands of young people have memorable moments from the time they join Beavers to the time they leave Scouts and join Explorers.

She displayed unwavering commitment and spirit to ensure that the group did not become homeless. The group relied on the goodwill of community church leaders as they did not have a Scout Hall in Kidwelly so would meet in church hall and community buildings.

Shan endeavoured to embed Scouting into community life and made sure that the Scouts took part in the annual carnival, the Remembrance Day parade, the Santa parade and any other community events.

Shan inspired her volunteers and encouraged them to be the best that they could be for the Kidwelly Scouts. She displayed compassion and empathy and always put the young people first, making sure that whatever their age they would have access to every opportunity in Scouting to set them up with irreplaceable skills for life. 

Scouting numbers are now steady in Kidwelly and there is a great gender balance in the group, their meeting places are safe, and the community is intertwined in everything the group does.

Shan was described as a great role model and a gifted and inspirational ambassador for Scouting.

Congratulations to Shan for her hard work and dedication to saving Scouting in Kidwelly!

The Inspirational Volunteer Award is one of eight categories you can enter in the Celebration of Scouting Awards 2019.

The deadline for entries is Friday 6th September and winners will be announced at a ceremony during the ScoutsCymru AGM in Llandridnod Wells on October 26th.

To make an online nomination, visit – 

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