Being poverty aware in Scouting - Volunteers needed

Being poverty aware in Scouting - Volunteers needed

13 July 2022

We're in a cost of living crisis and families across the country are faced with making difficult decisions including around the costs of activities which young people participate in. Whilst Scouts is likely to be at the less expensive end of activities, the cost can still be a barrier to some young people taking part.

We would like to get a small team of interested people together to do a short piece of work looking at the costs of being involved in Scouts, establishing if some of these may become barriers, and how we can alleviate them with practical support for leaders in sections and groups across Scotland.

This is a really flexible opportunity to volunteer – we’ll have a few online discussions and then produce some ideas for leaders to work from. It isn’t a long term commitment and you can take part as much or as little as you feel able to.

Who can take part?

We also aren’t looking for any particular people to take part in this – anyone with an interest in this work whether a volunteer, parent/carer or someone with lived experience of dealing with cost pressures would be a great addition.

When will it take place?

We'd like to get started as soon as possible and produce some work before Scouts return in August so you would need to have some time available over the next few weeks, although not at any specific dates at this stage.

If you’d like to find out more about getting involved or if you don’t feel able to get involved but have some suggestions/comments on this work please email Michael Shanks (our lead volunteer in Scotland on growth, inclusion and perception) at michael.shanks@scouts.scot.