Scouting runs through the goodwill, time and energy of over 100,000 volunteers in the UK. Within Romsey we are no different, albeit on a smaller scale!
The most visible volunteers are the Section Leaders and Assistants due to their running of weekly meetings, camps and other events. However those roles are by no means the only way in which you can volunteer to help within Scouting. Many of our helpers are involved on an “as and when it’s convenient” basis to fit in with their work and family commitments, so a role can be found for anyone who is willing to give what time they have to spare.
Here are some frequently asked questions which may be of interest to you if you are considering helping us:
1. Do I really have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
2. What if I don’t have that much spare time?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
3. What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
4. My child is in Scouting; is there anything I can do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
5. Are there any age restrictions to helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
Put simply, if you have time available, are willing to get involved then we will be able to find a role for you that suits. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us and we will arrange for someone to speak to you about the opportunities available and how you can become part of the team.
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