Scouting couldn't happen without our volunteers, they're fantastic! For Volunteer's week 2017, we decided to talk to a few of them to find out why they volunteer and what they get out of it. If you're interested in volunteering, why not have a look at some of the benefits, you can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you find a role.
Trustee of Axe District Scouts and
District’s Appointments Advisory Committee Chairman
How long have you been volunteering for?
I have been volunteering for 14 years.
How did you get involved and what inspires you to volunteer in Scouting?
I was invited to become a trustee by two people I already knew who lived in the same village as me and who were both already on the Board of Trustees.
I am continually inspired by the development and engagement opportunities that Scouting can provide for young people, but which can only be achieved by having the right adults in place at the right time.
I was a Cub and Scout back in the 1960’s and when invited to re-join it just seemed right!
What are your favourite things about Scouting?
Seeing both young people and their new leaders grow in confidence and ability.
What positive impact do you believe you have on young people through volunteering?
My impact is not directly on the young people but on the ability to provide those young people with the right fully approved and appointed adult leaders. Also to provide support to the District Board of Trustees and Group Executives.
What advice would give anyone looking to join Scouting?
Join for the right reasons, expect to need training to perform your role, get stuck in, but also make sure you do not neglect other parts of your life.
How do you believe you have benefited by volunteering for Scouting?
Since I joined Scouting I have retired from a full time job and see Scouting as a way of keeping involved and active. I am proud to be able to use my business skills – finance, human resources, organisation and an element of compliance - to the benefit of Scouting.
I enjoy what I am doing and it has provided an opportunity to meet a totally different set of people.