450 Scouts set to volunteer in Barnsley as Scout Community Week launches
- Replaces Scout Job Week after 20 year break
- Scouts from all across Barnsley are helping range of good causes such as cleaning up the Trans Pennine Trail, installing Bird Boxes and feeders, selling Bee Houses and Bird Boxes to the local community to promote wildlife
- Movement’s half a million members asked to do one thing to help their local area
- Part of a national campaign as Movement reaffirms its commitment to the community
As many as 450 Scouts are set to volunteer in the communities of Barnsley as Scout Community Week is launched today. The week of national action is replacing Scout Job Week after a twenty year break.
Over the next seven days (14-20 May), Scouts from Barnsley are being encouraged to do one thing to help their community. The week will see young people getting involved in projects as diverse as clearing up the Trans Pennine Trail.
The initiative, in partnership with B&Q, will build on the voluntary work that many Scouts are already doing in Barnsley, as well as encouraging even more Groups to get involved.
Through Scout Community Week, The Scout Association is reaffirming its commitment to strengthening communities and helping the local area. Research shows that Scouting develops a volunteering habit for life among its members: 36% of former youth Scout members volunteer for 2 hours a week, compared to 26% for the general population.
At a time when local authorities, public services and charities are feeling the pinch more than ever, The Scout Association intends to harness this volunteering habit up and down the country.
Examples of the projects Scouts will be helping out with this week include:
- 19th & 20th May cleaning up the Penistone Stretch of the Trans Pennine Trail clearing litter and recycling as much as possible.
- 19th May plant, bird box and bee house sale at Penistone Scout Activity Centre, Wentworth Road Penistone 10am – 4pm
Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, said: “I am proud that so many Scout Groups are taking part in Scout Community Week and I know they will have a really positive impact in their local areas. Volunteering is at the very heart of Scouting and it’s great to see so many young people volunteering to support others and provide help where it is needed. Working together we’re going to make a huge difference to communities up and down the country. ”
Explorer Scout Thomas Yems, 16 from Penistone: “Scout Community Week is a really good opportunity for me to get involved in my community. I’m helping out on 19th 7 20th May, and it’s good to know we’ll be making a difference. I’m looking forward to meeting lots of new people and also getting lots of new skills that I know will look great on my CV.”
Scout Leader Susie Roach, 29 from Penistone: “I know how much our young people are looking forward to getting stuck in this week – they’ve spent the last few months thinking about where they can make a difference in their community and it’s really good to see them getting involved. Volunteering has been a brilliant experience for me – it’s given me lots of new and transferable skills, and I think Scout Community week will bring huge benefits to the Scouts too.”
The Scouts will be encouraging the communities they are helping out in to make voluntary donations to their Group – Scout Groups are local charities and are reliant on donations for their existence. The Scout Association has launched an online facility, through Virgin Money, where the public will be able to make donations. To donate, please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ScoutCommunityWeek