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Find out how you can get involved with The Big Help Out on Monday 8 May 2023

The Big Help Out is a national day of volunteering happening on 8 May, the Bank Holiday Monday of the Coronation weekend. Can you lend a hand to inspire a legacy of kindness?

We want as many parents, carers, colleagues, businesses, people across all communities, local faces, students and more from across South East Scotland to get involved as can. Whether it’s your first time trying volunteering or you’re a seasoned volunteer, we have flexible volunteering to enable you to ‘lend a hand’ and help young people with the skills they need to be the best they can be.

This is your chance to make a huge difference. Scouting in South East Scotland Scouts is run completely by volunteers to ensure that young people can enjoy as much fun and adventure as possible. However we still have many young people on waiting lists who want to join Scouting, but can’t because we don’t have enough volunteers to allow all the extra young people to join. Can you help? We want to inspire a new generation of volunteers to make a real difference in our communities.

Developed by Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service, and organised by the Together Coalition, we want to inspire a new generation of community volunteering. Dozens of charities will be taking part and using the day to encourage people to ‘Lend a Hand; make a change.’

One of the key aims is to make volunteering easy and accessible. Around 1 in 5 people have never been asked to volunteer, and many don’t know where to begin.

“Volunteering has always been a huge part of what makes this country great. The Big Help Out will put volunteering centre stage for a day and give people who want to volunteer easy ways to join in. So please save the date and join us in your community.” Bear Grylls OBE, Chief Scout

The Big Help Out is set to be one of the centrepieces of the celebrations for the Coronation of HM The King and HM The Queen Consort in May.

We hope the Big Help Out will leave a lasting legacy of kindness from the historic weekend. When you volunteer with us, you can give as much or as little time as you want, whether that’s committing an hour or two to a weekly meeting, undertaking administration at home at a time which suits you, or attending on an occasional basis as time commitments allow. Or, because it’s awesome fun and rewarding in so many ways, we hope you stay on longer to do more, share more and enable more. What an opportunity!

Where can you volunteer?

We have 89 Scout Groups across Edinburgh, East Lothian, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. There’s a local Scout Group on your doorstep.

You can pop along, try activities, and think about taking the next step to joining Scouts by volunteering.

If you’re interested in finding out how you could get involved with Scouting, complete the form here or contact our South East Scotland Scouting Support Officer, Kirstie Armsworth today. We will be in touch to chat to you.

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Example volunteering roles

Put your skills to use, learn new ones and play an active role in your local community.

We don’t just need people to volunteer to help run weekly meetings. There are also plenty of support roles working behind the scenes. You could help with maintenance, assist with finances or record keeping, help with a badge of specific activity, provide training support or help with social media.

If you’re interested in finding out how you could get involved with Scouting, email our South East Scotland Scouting Support Officer, Kirstie Armsworth today. 


What you can do? Read on for more.