News | A Million Hands wins Charity Times Award

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The Scout Association is extremely pleased to announce that the Association's community impact project, A Million Hands, has won ‘Cross-Sector Partnership of the Year’ at the 2016 Charity Times Awards, which recognise leadership and professionalism in the charity sector.

A Million Hands aims to mobilise 500,000 young people across the UK to take action and make change in their communities. We have brought together six national charities to help us achieve this ambitious goal: Alzheimer’s Society, Guide Dogs, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Mind, WaterAid and The Canal & River Trust. We wanted to work with the experts on social change in order to have the greatest possible impact. 

Currently, over 221,000 young people are registered with A Million Hands, and have already or are currently taking action in many different ways. Over 85,000 hours of volunteering have been logged on over 600 projects nationwide. If we continue at the present rate, by the time the project finishes in 2018, we will have seen young people spend over 500,000 hours in total, improving their own communities and making life a little better for their neighbours. 

‘The Charity Times judges were blown away by our incredible reach, combined with the expertise of our national charity partners to make real and lasting positive change in our communities,’ says Alan Hands, Strategy and Change Manager for Community Impact at The Scout Association. ‘We are tackling some of the biggest societal issues in the UK. Today, we have a chance to reflect on a job well done, and to build upon this early success and external recognition.’

The Scout Association is extremely proud to have had the efforts of everyone involved in A Million Hands recognised on this national stage. From the 50 members of staff who work across the seven national organisations involved in the partnership, to the thousands of young people who have already taken action for one of the four issues, this has been an innovative and collaborative project of the highest calibre.

If you’ve not yet registered your Group or Section for A Million Hands, or you’ve not logged your most recent action, make sure you visit the website to get involved or tell us what you’ve been up to.

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