Mayor calls for volunteers
The Mayor of London has called for 3,000 adults to step up and volunteer to help young people fulfil their potential.
Boris Johnson issued his rallying cry as he dropped in on the Dockland Scout Project to add his support to YOU London, a collaboration of uniformed youth organisations, including The Scout Association.
Acknowledging the shortage of willing adults, he pointed to the existence of waiting lists for organisations such as Scouting as a priority issue.
‘This is what we are trying to change,’ he said. ‘I would like to thank and congratulate volunteers who give up an awful lot of time every week and encourage other people to get involved.’
He highlighted the benefits which Scouting gives young people in inner-city areas by giving them a sense of belonging to the community. ‘It also promotes teamwork and self-esteem,' he said. 'It’s exciting and offers a lot of opportunities. Scouting is a very positive experience with fantastic activities.’
The Mayor arrived at the event in a speedboat, accompanied by Che Rosbert, a Cub Scout Leader with the 4th Stoke Newington, an inner-city group. She said, ‘It was fantastic to see all the uniformed organisations represented by leaders and young people promoting the cause of adult volunteering.’
The Scout Association currently has over 30,000 young people on its waiting lists. If you would like to help to provide exciting activities to some of these, then join the adventure.