Awareness of Scouting in two ‘exciting’ areas!
I am very pleased to say that Hampshire Scouts have been nominated by the Freemason’s Grand Charity to receive a grant for 2014, as part of the on-going support to the Association which the Freemason’s have been providing since 2010. Over the last 4 years the Grand Charity has been providing much welcomed support now to 30 Areas/Counties across England and Wales with a number of innovative projects being undertaken resulting in new sections and Groups, raised levels of public awareness and publicity and an increasing building of local relationships between the two organisations. We have decided to use this money to increase the awareness of scouting and the opportunities it offers young people in two ‘new’ areas across the county. The first project is to put scouting into 3 of our major hospitals and potentially a hospice. We have already established good links through our existing contacts and will be moving the project forward in the new year.
How does it work?
The 17th Holburn Scout Group in Great Ormond Street Hospital has been running since 1957. They have a team of leaders who visit once a week and provide a scouting activity to those young people well enough to attend. By the very nature of the unique situation they do not know how many young people they will have and what ages they will be. Some weeks they have 5, others they may have 15. The young people are escorted to the play area and receive a group scarf for that night. At the end of the session they return the scarf and receive a certificate of attendance. http://thunderation.net/17thholborn/whatwedo We intend to set up an Active Support Unit to run our sessions and this will allow the adults involved to be there on a flexible rota. There are 7 similar groups across the UK and plenty of support and experience to help us get this going!
This engagement achieves a number of goals: • The young people who are not already in scouts to try a scouting activity and can be directed to their nearest group if they wish to join. • Those who are already members do not miss out on scouting because of their illness. • The young people also get to do something different than watch TV or play electronic games of an evening. Siblings are welcome - it can be pretty boring visiting a brother or sister in hospital. • Parents of the children get to hear about our flexible volunteering opportunities. • Members of the Active Support Unit get to do something completely different on a flexible basis in addition to their existing role. If you are interested please contact Vanessa to get an invite to the initial meeting in the new year. Thank you to those who already have expressed an interest in this project. firstname.lastname@example.org www. hampshirescouts.org.uk
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