The Scout Association scoops award

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The Scout Association and B&Q have bagged an award for best charity partnership: retail and leisure, at the Business Charity Awards 2013.

The award recognises an outstanding partnership between a company in the retail, leisure or FMCG sector and a UK charity. Brilliant partnerships including The Co-operative and StreetGames; Marks & Spencer and Oxfam; and Tesco and Cancer Research UK were in the running for the prestigious award, but B&Q and TSA topped them all at the London event on Monday night.

A total of 19 awards were presented, which was supported by headline sponsor, the Charities Aid Foundationand hosted by BBC TV news presenter Huw Edwards.

A winning partnership

The home improvement retailer, B&Q, teamed up with The Scout Association in 2011 to help young people develop their DIY skills through badges and in-store classes. The partnership has helped more than 100,000 young people learn essential DIY skills.

Ben Marson, senior head of corporate partnerships at the Prince's Trust, said: 'This is a strong strategic partnership; it's good to see real skills being imparted to a future generation.'

Scout Community Week

TSA and B&Q also created and launched Scout Community Week. Now in its third year, SCW (3-9 June) sees Scout Groups from all over the UK embarking on projects to help the community and raise awareness and funding for local Scouting.

Projects planned for this year's event include gardening and renovation work at an inner city community centre; laying paths and fencing for a local school and conducting a tree survey.   

Nikki Mason, Corporate Partnerships Manager at The Scout Association, said: 'The award recognises how well our corporate partnerships work through the impact and support they can offer to Scout Groups throughout the UK. Through brilliant events like Scout Community Week, we can help make a real difference to communities.'

Find out more about Scout Community Week and get your own project underway. And keep us updated on your project via our Facebook page or Twitter, using the hashtag #Scoutsdo1thing.

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