Making our mark
Scouts continue to make a real difference.
Since January 2013, Scouting has established 161 new Scouting sections supporting 2,155 young people and 385 new leaders in deprived areas in Manchester, Burnley, Birmingham, Knowsley, Bradford and London.
Helped by funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and through the Youth United Foundation, Scouting has already made a difference to hundreds of young lives.
7th Stoke Newington, one of the latest Groups to open as part of the Youth United project, exists in an area where there are pockets of single-parent families. Many parents struggle to pay the Group subs so now many of the activities are done at a low price to ensure that all are able to participate.
Tasha, mother of Beaver Scout Milo, aged 7, said: ‘Scouting has helped Milo gain confidence, make new friends and helped his independence.’
A chance for adventure
Through Youth United, Scouting has opened up Groups in disadvantaged areas, including the Bradford Academy Beaver Colony, which was created to help tackle behavioural issues; the section is now thriving with over 30 young people and a Cubs section is now planned for September.
Working in partnership with a charity called CELLS – which uses ex youth offenders as mentors for young people – an integrated Beaver and Cub Pack has been opened in Merseyside, which invites children excluded from mainstream education to take part in the Scout adventure.
In Burnley, five new Scout sections across two locations have been opened, reaching out to disaffected young people in the local area and providing opportunities and experiences that they wouldn’t have had without Scouting.
Just the beginning
Scouts are set to continue making a huge social impact throughout the UK in the coming months and years.
The Scout Association has just received £1.3m from the Government’s Youth Social Action Fund, which will essentially support an extra 3,200 new Scouts by 2016. The money, to be distributed through the Youth United Foundation, will support the provision of Scouting in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the UK.
The funding will enable young people to access youth provision at no cost and help the effective recruitment of new volunteers.
Read more about Scouting’s partnership with the Youth United Foundation.