Saying thank you and spreading the word
A reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate 10 years of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service provided an opportunity to spread the word of Scouting’s success.
A perfect way to start Volunteers Week
A reception at St James’s Palace celebrated 10 years of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and provided an excellent launch for Scout Community Week and Volunteers’ Week. These events provide us with many opportunities to say ‘thank you’ and invite others to join our unique brand of everyday adventure as a volunteer.
It was great to be back at St James’s Palace to represent the Association at a reception hosted by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. This celebrated 10 years of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, which is essentially the ‘MBE’ for organisations volunteering in their local communities. Scouting has of course been well represented throughout those 10 years and indeed this year we are delighted that the 47th Swansea and Morningside Explorer Scouts have been recognised.
The Association had two places, and so I was delighted to be joined by Explorer Scout, Lee Craven, and Explorer Scouts from Hook, Hampshire. As well as being an ES and Young Leader, Lee’s own bravery was recognised with the award of the Silver Cross for Gallantry when he saved the life of a friend at the beginning of last year.
Spreading the word
Between us we set about ‘working the room’ to ensure that Her Majesty and the Duke were aware of Scouting’s current success and, in particular, took the opportunity to catch up with our President, the Duke of Kent, who was very interested to learn of our current successes. We caught up with many others also.
Nick Hurd, Minister for Civic Society, had spoken at one of our political party fringe events last autumn and so was interested in particular about how our work encouraging employer-supported volunteering was progressing; specifically how we were using the DCLG funding through Youth United. This provided a great opportunity to update him on the success in Greater Manchester, Speke and Bradford amongst other project areas that we are looking to extend Scouting into.
Working with partners to recruit volunteers
Closer to home, my work in Guernsey through the Community Foundation and Youth Partnership has also been focussing on developing volunteering throughout the Bailiwick. I thought you might be particularly interested in a sneak preview of an exciting television advert that the creative team at Specsavers Optical Group have kindly produced for us. The advert at the bottom of this page promotes a treasurer role with local Scouting and is one of a series of four adverts promoting a variety of volunteering opportunities, regular and sporadic, as part of a wider strategy to develop volunteering.
Finally, as we mark Scout Community Week and Volunteers Week, can I just take this opportunity to thank everybody who presently volunteers for all that you are doing and invite those of you that don’t presently to come and find out what Scouting’s unique brand of everyday adventure can offer volunteers.