The Scouts have launched the national #GoodForYou campaign, designed to recruit at least 250 volunteers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Like so many organisations the pandemic has taken its toll on Cambridgeshire Scouts, after many years of continued growth. In the past year numbers of young people decreased by 1,550 (-24%), although they are already coming back in their droves.
In the same year 300 adults (-12%) also left – they have simply been unable to carry on, due to the pressures of lockdown, uncertain work situations, or because they’ve needed to spend extra time looking after loved ones. Even where adults have remained lack of access to suitable devices, and poor broadband, has meant that virtual scouting has not always been possible.
Scouting across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is now looking to build back even stronger and is firmly focussed on the future. To do this more adults are needed to step up and volunteer, creating opportunities for themselves and young people to recover from the impact of the pandemic by supporting their wellbeing and building the skills needed to succeed in life.
Chris Ward, County Commissioner, said “The past year has been a tough on everyone; many have got ill or lost loved ones and key workers have worked their hearts out. Young people have suffered as much as anyone. They have been cut off from their friends, their schools and have missed out on exams and simple things like meeting up with grandparents. This last year will have been one of the hardest times they’ve ever known. These young people have been called “Generation Covid” but I prefer to call them “Generation Hope”. They give us all renewed hope for the future. That’s why we’re calling on people to volunteer for Scouts. Volunteering is good for communities, good for young people and good for you.”
Over the next six months the Scouts will be running a series of locally focused recruitment campaigns across the UK, including across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The campaign is designed to appeal to new adult volunteers and emphasise why volunteering is good for your health, happiness, skill development and family life. There are thousands of such volunteers already, who have done amazing things to keep scouting going throughout the pandemic, but they are waiting to welcome more adults to the team.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said “The past year has been so tough for so many. And it’s also shown just how important it is for us to work together to help those in need. Scouts plays a fundamental role in the lives of thousands of young people and our goal is to build back our membership by welcoming thousands of new volunteers across the movement. As an adult volunteer you can help us continue to make an incredible contribution towards helping young people learn new skills for life. You’ll gain some great new skills, new friends and be part of empowering young people to be prepared for their future. Put simply volunteering is #GoodForYou so join me, and be a Scout volunteer. “
For more information on volunteering please contact your local Scout Group direct, or visit www.cambridgeshirescouts.org.uk