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Volunteering. It’s #GoodForYou 

Volunteering’s not just about giving back – it goes both ways. It improves your wellbeing, gives you skills for the future, and helps you make new friends (and memories).

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Adult volunteers, the amazing benefits!

All our activities are run by volunteers, who might join us because they want to:

    • Try something new
    • Spend time with their children – or gain experience with young people
    • Do something good for their community and themselves
    • Keep their bodies and brains active and happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea

    All end up making a huge difference to young people’s lives – gifting them with skills for life, and learning a whole lot about themselves along the way. Email our Scouting Support Officer for more help or why not click to meet and hear from some of our existing volunteers HERE.

Scouting depends on volunteers like you!

  • There are many roles in Scouting so we can use many different skills.
  • Anyone over 18 can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit.
  • Volunteering is flexible.  You can decide how much time you can give.
  • We will provide training and support. So no experience of Scouting is necessary.
  • You will meet new people and learn new things.

Not sure if you can do it?

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent! Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.

Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven year olds – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.

We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.

Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is!

What type of role could I do?

What type of role could I do?

We have a wide range of volunteer roles – from casual helpers to leaders, trainers, trustees and more – we have a role for everyone.  We also offer flexible volunteering roles too, so we can fit around you and the time that you want to give to Scouting.

Do I have the right skills?

You don’t need to have previous experience in Scouting, just energy and enthusiasm.  We can match your existing skills with the right role and help you to develop new skills.

Quality Training

All of our adult volunteers receive full induction and ongoing training and support.  Our training has been recognised with a National Training Award by UK Skills and over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.

As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers.

But what’s the real impact to Volunteers?

Research has shown that volunteering has a hugely positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer in the charity sector. In aid of Volunteers Week we want to recognise the incredible work that Scouts volunteers do. Whether you’re a Group Scout Leader, Occasional Helper or an As-Often-As-You-Can-Er!

According to the research, the majority of volunteers reported having improved life satisfaction (70%) and self-esteem (66%) since beginning volunteer work, as well as having reduced feelings of loneliness (42%) and stress (33%).

Nearly two thirds (65%) also said that since beginning volunteer work they have developed useful employability skills; with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.

UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd said, ‘I’m acutely aware of the importance of the millions of volunteers in the UK who give up their time every single day to help others. With the majority of volunteers saying they feel more motivated, confident and more skilled as a result of the work they do with us, it’s not just those they’re helping who benefit.

Steve Reed, Shadow Minister (Civil Society) said, ‘A huge congratulations to the community heroes who deliver Scouting locally, week in, week out. Employers should do all they can to support their staff to volunteer with such fantastic organisations like Scouting. Not only does it benefit the communities they are based in, it leads to healthier, more motivated workforce.’

Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s something for everyone at Scouts. Email our Scouting Support Officer and we’ll be delighted to start your journey today.

Find out more about:

Want to talk to someone directly about volunteering to help?

You can contact Kirstie Armsworth, Scouting Support Officer,

at 07710 703 372 or kirstie.armsworth@sesscouts.org.uk

Whether you want to work with young people directly or help behind the scenes, there’s somethine for everyone at Scouts.
She would be very happy to chat with you about what opportunities are available across the whole Region, how much time would be involved and how the leader training could assist you.

Watch Nat’s story to see how being a part of Scouts shapes lives 

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