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Volunteer

Share your skills, gain new ones

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.  Our volunteering opportunities are as varied as you and there is plenty to chose from the 5 Towns area! 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 meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.

Make a difference, volunteer today

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. 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.

Visit our Join Scouting page to sign up today!

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

Application

You will need to complete an application form with your Group Scout Leader, the adult who manages Scouting in your Group.  This includes a DBS check so you will be asked to provide certain documents to enable us to apply for your check.  You will also be asked to provide two names who we will contact for references. You will appreciate that we have to be very careful who looks after our young people. Its important to consider what role you would like in Scouting?

Getting Started

Once we have received a completed DBS from the authorities and your two references we will ask you to meet our Appointments Advisory Panel.  This is a relatively informal meeting with a small group of people to discuss how you can help us.  They will advise the District Commissioner on the suitability of the adult and the role they have applied for.

We generally hold our meetings every two months and ask you to attend for around 90 minutes.  This meeting will include a ten minute meeting with the panel and some time with a Training Adviser agreeing your Learning Plan.  When you are invited to this meeting we will also recommend you complete module 1 of the Adult Training programme online and come to the meeting ready to validate that module.

All adults volunteering to work with our young people need to undertake a modular training programme relevant to their role.

Whilst you complete your Learning Plan and modules 1 and 3 you will hold a “Provisional Appointment”.  You have five months from application to complete these requirements.

Adult Training

You then have three years to complete the rest of your training.  The remaining modules can be done online, one to one, by workbooks or on a course.  Some courses are held on an evening locally, some are weekend courses where a number of modules are done together.  These courses are great as they give you an opportunity to meet like minded people from other Scouting areas and exchange ideas.

On completion of your training you receive your Wood Badge.