Blog | A Million Hands - dealing with issues that matter

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A Million Hands is an on-going community impact project that tackles the four issues that matter most to our young people: mental health, water sanitation, those disabled by society and people living with dementia.

Scouts Robert and Jack are members of the Community Impact Group, which is made up of Scouts working with our charity partners to develop amazing resources and activities for Scout Groups all over the UK as part of the A Million Hands project. 

They tell us why they believe so strongly in supporting global change regarding water sanitation and in supporting those struggling with mental health difficulties. 

Clean water and sanitation for everyone, everywhere

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Robert

‘WaterAid have two really good strands to their work – encouraging better sustainable practice within the UK and encouraging people to take better care with the water they use. It’s also about linking up with Scouts and communities internationally to help make a difference. 

‘I wanted WaterAid as one of our charity partners for A Million Hands because it will give us the opportunity to make a change throughout the world. We get expertise from our partners and have developed amazing resources with them to help Scout Groups all over the UK make an impact in their community. We have half a million young people that really care about these issues, so working with the partners gives us expertise and a better understanding of how to deal with the issues.’ 

Mental wellbeing

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Jack

‘I really wanted to work with Mind for A Million Hands because Scouts need to help change perceptions about mental health and become a driving force for change. The stigma that surrounds mental health within young people is wholly unacceptable. Is it right that so many young people should live in fear of speaking up about their mental health, as they don't want to be judged or given fewer opportunities? 

‘The partnership between The Scout Association and MIND is utterly groundbreaking. So many people underestimate how much of a lifeline Scouting is to so many young people. We are looking to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health in young people in every community across the UK, we want to be at the forefront of creating a fully inclusive society. Together we can achieve communities in which no one lives in fear of speaking up about their mental health and this will undoubtedly change lives for the better all over the UK.’ 

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