Scottish Scouts to Provide Acts of Kindness This Winter
Times are difficult just now across Scotland, and this Winter, foodbanks are expecting a higher demand for their services than ever before.
As Scouts, we are always trying to make the world a little bit better, so to help out, we’ve come up with a simple way for young people and volunteers from Stranraer to Kirkwall, Stornoway to Kelso to join us in learning about food poverty and deliver acts of kindness to those most in need this winter.
Follow our reverse advent calendar by collecting 25 items for your local Foodbank - it features a different food item to add for each day of December. This can be done individually, or groups could allocate a different day to members and arrange a safe place to collect all of the items.
You can take this activity further and earn your Community Impact Staged Badge by following the steps below:
Stage 1: learn
The first step is to learn about food poverty and where your local food bank is. It might be worthwhile touching base with them to let them know your intentions. If you are looking for information on foodbanks you could visit the activity 'Food matters' where there are foodbank facts for you to share with your section.
Stage 2: take action
Now that you know about your local food bank and issues around foodbanks, you can use our calendar and send out to your members. You can arrange for young people to collect the items and then deliver to the Foodbank themselves, or if your Covid 19 tier system allows (and you have the appropriate risk assessment), you can ask for the items to be dropped off at a central location.
Stage 3: record your action
Tell us all about your journey and the fantastic work you have done at a local level - click here. We can then use this information to promote the work you are doing on a national stage, and we would love to get in touch to find out how you found the experience. Remember, this activity can count towards your Community Impact Staged Award!
Stage 4: tell the world
Now you have carried out your action of kindness, please tell the world! If you have social media channels, please take pictures and post about your amazing work. You could write to your local MSP or MP about the work of foodbanks and how, now more than ever, it's important that Scottish families don't go hungry.
Oh, and remember to tag us @ScoutsScotland and use #AMillionHands so that we can hear about all of your incredible work.
If you are looking for some other festive kindness ideas, our A Million Hands partner, British Red Cross, has created a kindness advent calendar that has lots of ideas and ways to learn about kindness.
Check it out here.