Blog | A Million Hands – Small actions, big results
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, Huw, Eva, Rachel and Becky tell us why they are so passionate about working to raise awareness about dementia and those disabled by society…
Supporting those disabled by society
‘I’ve seen the differences Scouting has made to people’s lives. In one of my local Groups we have Scouts with learning difficulties and I’ve seen leaders who have modified or tweaked activities to make sure that everyone gets to have a go. It inspired me to want to take a lead on making even more positive differences.
‘There are so many things we can do to help and it’s really important that we keep helping. We can make a difference; small actions can have big results.’
‘My dad, since I can remember, has worked in a school for children with additional needs. His work has really inspired me to make a difference. When I first got involved in Scouts at six, my dad was a leader; he helped a boy with Down’s Syndrome get involved in the Cub Pack. It was the first time many of us had contact with someone with additional needs and it was an amazing experience. We learnt to sign and we learnt more about the problems he faced. It made me want to help making Scouting more accessible for everyone.
‘Scouting is already so inclusive, but A Million Hands is about making sure it really is for everyone – backgrounds and abilities aren’t a barrier.
‘The project is about putting things into practice; raising awareness with young people will give Scouts confidence to make a physical difference and physically help and offer assistance to someone on the street in their community. If we keep raising awareness, there will be a better understanding and therefore less fear and uncertainty when dealing with additional needs.’
Helping people living with dementia
‘Young people care. Despite how young people are often portrayed in the media, we’re concerned for our society and so Scouts is a great platform for this. It’s about more than making resources and running activities – it represents what matters to young people.
‘My granddad, Mickey, has been affected by Alzheimer’s. If I’d known a bit more and learnt a bit more through Scouts, I would have no doubt viewed the situation and my granddad in a different light. I think I would have been more comfortable about talking about it with other members of my family.
‘I’m 14 and as a Scout I’ve seen some of the differences I’ve made – I love it because I get to make a difference and I can see other people making a difference too. Our generation is not “generation self” as it’s been labelled. We want to make a difference. You go into any school or Scout Group and there’s so much fundraising and community cohesion going on and it’s not for us it’s for others.
‘Scouts represent the young people of our country and we really do care and we have an opinion.’
‘My great grandmother had dementia. I have all these memories visiting her in the home where she was staying and I never felt comfortable doing it. She didn’t know who I was. It’s only now that I understand what she had and what was wrong with her exactly and now I regret not spending more time with her.
‘I’ve since learnt that although a person with dementia might forget very quickly that they were visited, the feelings of happiness, joy and pleasure that gave them, they don’t forget and that stays with them. I never knew that. If we can make sure that all Scouts know this, we’d be achieving something amazing.’
The above Scouts 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.
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