An inspirational Scout leader in charge of groups in Fishponds, St George and Whitehall has been honoured by the Prime Minister.
For the past 11 years, Amir Cheema has dedicated his spare time to helping young Muslims become part of the Scout movement. His efforts have meant that young people from different backgrounds and faiths have come together – leading to better community cohesion and understanding.
Mr Cheema is the Brunel District Commissioner, which also includes Scout groups in Stapleton, Eastville, St Andrews and the Filton area. He received a Point of Light award which recognises outstanding volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Mr Cameron said: “I’m delighted to recognise Amir as a Point of Light. What he is doing is so inspiring. By pioneering the growth of Scouting in Muslim communities he is making this great tradition something that can be shared by everyone. Scouting has made an extraordinary contribution to our country for over a century. It’s fantastic that this movement is still growing and that Amir’s work is at the heart of a wider ambition to unite our communities in the service of others.”
Having seen the opportunities Scouting gave his own children, Amir volunteered as an adult leader. He now travels across the UK to support the development of new Scout groups, offering training and knowledge to new communities setting up groups for the first time. His work has enabled many young people to become part of a movement that would otherwise not have been available to them.
Mr Cheema said: ‘It’s amazing to receive the Point of Light award from our Prime Minister. It’s a massive privilege to accept this award on behalf of the fantastic volunteers from the Muslim Scout Fellowship and my Brunel Scout District, who work tirelessly to help young people experience the adventure of a lifetime.
“Helping young people grow and develop through adventurous, fun and purposeful activity is the best way to develop a peaceful and productive society.”