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Could you be a flexible Volunteer with us?
The Scout Association is the UK’s largest mixed youth organisation with more than 400,000 members in the UK and more across the world.
Our innovative spirit and ability to make things happen plays a vital role in the development of young people everywhere and these posts in particular will give you the chance to make a big impact on the lives of young people.
What’s it about?
Whether you are a parent of a child in Scouting, or someone who is totally new to Scouting you’ve come to the right place.
One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become Members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing Movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out.
There are many reasons why adults choose to volunteer for Scouting in the Lisburn area. Here are some that existing volunteers have given:
- To give something back to the community:‘I believe the kids get such a lot out of it; I just put a bit back for what the kids take out.’
- To support the Leaders:‘They give so much, you’ve got to give some of that back.’
- Because volunteering is a ‘good thing’:‘I just personally believe that you should always do some kind of voluntary work… otherwise nothing would get done in this world.’
- As an enabler, so the Leader can do more:‘If I can help Sam, our Leader, out by doing the little things, then it means she has got more time to give the kids and then they get more out of it.’
- To spend more quality time with your child:‘David used to go on his PlayStation while I read the paper after school and work – now we get a chance to do activities together.’
- To develop your own skills: ‘I hadn’t used a compass since I was a Scout. After I learned how to use one again, I take one out on family walks. We get lost less than we used to!’
- To enjoy and rediscover adventure for yourself: ‘We had a water fight at Beavers the other week, it was great!’
‘I wasn’t involved in Scouting until someone asked me and I jumped at the chance. Adventure isn’t just for young people or those of us already wearing neckerchiefs; it’s for everyone. There’s lots of talent among our 800,000 parents. Let’s bring some of that into Scouting. Just ask – that’s all it takes.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout
What can Scouting do for me?
Our adult volunteers get just as much fun from scouting as young people. As well as helping young people to enjoy the adventure of scouting, you also get the opportunity to try a whole range of different activities and new experiences.
We can also help you develop your current skills and learn new ones. Volunteering in Scouting can enhance your CV or simply allow you to pursue your interest in a specific hobby.
You don’t need to have previous experience in Scouting, just energy and enthusiasm. All of our adult volunteers receive full induction and ongoing training and support.
How can I help Scouting in the Lisburn area?
There are many ways in which you can give your time to help Scouting whatever your gender, age, abilities and skills. Most of our volunteers have full-time jobs and help out on a flexible basis, around their other commitments.
Whether you can spare two hours a week or one day a month, we need volunteers to help young people experience the challenge and adventure of Scouting.
Simply let us know your availability and how much you would like to help and we will match this to roles within the Lisburn area.
Opportunities for you!
There is a whole range of different volunteering opportunities available to you through Scouting. For example:
- Leaders to work with young people at weekly meetings
- Managers to lead and support teams of adults to deliver Scouting
- Trustees to make sure property and resources are properly administered
- Instructors to run a huge range of adventurous activities
- Media and communications people to promote Scouting and improve our communication
- Administrators to make sure policies and procedures are followed correctly
- Training Managers to co-ordinate our comprehensive adult training
For more information, just check out the Scout Association website FAQ section on adult volunteering
WHERE DO I GET MORE INFORMATION ON OPPORTUNITIES IN THE LISBURN AREA?
Contact Lisburn and District Scouts on either 0845 0943251 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You don’t need to have had previous experience in Scouting, just energy, enthusiasm and an ability to have fun!.