Extending Reach - Programme sponsor

Help make Scouting be inclusive and remove barriers to participation to enable more young people and volunteers join in.

We need to proactively engage groups we are not currently reaching and identify where we can make the biggest difference. By 2023 this will be achieved through a number of projects including extending Scouting in schools, reaching more underrepresented communities and extending the current Scouting provision.

The role

As Programme Sponsor your primary role is to ensure that the Programme delivers the capabilities, outcomes and benefits of this programme of work. This will also include making sure there is the appropriate change management required to ensure that the expected outcomes and benefits to the Movement are being realised. 

You will help to govern the delivery of the extending reach programme (a number of projects which, together, aim to help more young people from diverse backgrounds gain better skills for life).

The key outputs of the extending reach programme, which you will contribute to are:

  • Developing our inclusion strategy and implement a delivery plan and measurement and evaluation framework to assess progress and impact.

  • Reaching more underrepresented communities:  Scouting is now present and sustainable in 460 more areas of deprivation than it was at the start of our previous strategy. We will deliver Scouting in another 500 areas of deprivation, as well as focusing on communities that are under-represented in the movement.

  • Expanding our current provision: we will meet the local demand for Scouting in every District by ensuring every Scout Group is complete and with enough sections. We will continue to open new sections, ensuring that every Group offers provision across the full 6-14 age range, and Districts across the 14-25 age range.

  • Extending Scouting in schools: we expect Scouting to be running in more schools by 2023 and we will find ways to support and deliver Scouting in schools that complements existing local provision.

How to apply

Please fill in the application form and send it to volunteering.team@scouts.org.uk by no later than 14 February 2019 at midday. Please make sure that you read the experience section and make it clear in your application which specific skills or experiences you have, as well as how you meet the wider role requirements. Full details can be found in the application pack.

Key dates

The closing date for applications and nominations is 14 February at midday.

Interviews may take place on 23 February 2019 in central London. Please ensure that you provisionally hold this date when applying. Phone interviews may be possible.

If you are successful in securing one of the roles on the Programme Board, the first meeting of the team will be all day on 30 March 2019 in central London. If possible, please ensure that you hold this date when applying.


Further information

If you require any further information about the process or the roles, please contact Donna Bennett by email at  Donna.Bennett@scouts.org.uk