Next Steps – Our plan for Growth

Next Steps – Our plan for Growth…

Working with our friends at Ashby (Hastings) Scout Group and with the support of the Regional Services Team, we are engaging one or more “Project Supporters” to help us to let more young people and adults get involved in the great fun and adventure Scouting has to offer.

What do we want to do?

Due to the waiting lists that we have for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, we are going to open an additional Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop alongside our successful existing provision.

Working with the Regional Development Service we will engage a Project Supporter to support the new provision during the initial set-up period of 20 weeks. The opportunity is for 1 contract in Ashby setting up a Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop within the town. These sections will primarily accommodate young people who currently may not have access to Scouting due to waiting lists. The Project Supporter will provide hands-on, consistent and experienced support to the new adult volunteers as they start to get used to running the new sections.

What is a Project Supporter?

The Supported Volunteering approach uses a self-employed project supporter to work alongside the Growth and Development Officer (GDO) in order to ensure that necessary support is given to the new provision project each week over a period of 20 weeks. They provide support to the new adult volunteers as they start to get used to running the new section. The approach came from and has been extensively used as part of Cornwall’s ‘Assisted Volunteer’ Project. In this project, the Project Supporter would attend the new section’s meetings every week for the initial period following the opening night acting as the mentor. They ensured continuity from week to week, recruiting more parents after the initial surge and encouraging those who started to show interest in getting further involved with the section activities. They supported the new volunteers to plan programmes, run the new sections (at least initially) and generally made sure everyone is welcomed and looked after for the first couple of months.

Who are you?

You will be an experienced leader with scouting or guiding experience. It is helpful if you are an effective facilitator who is happy to work both alone and in close co-operation with staff and volunteers. You will be enthusiastic about starting new Scouting. It would also be desirable to have experience of working with young people as well as adults.

The Contract

We plan to open a new Beaver Colony, Cub Pack and Scout Troop. Contractors are being sought to help us get these sections off to a flying start and through their first 20 weeks. Contractors will be entitled to a sum of £1000 (inclusive) for their input to the successful opening of the project. As a minimum, the Project Supporter will:

  • Work alongside the Growth and Development Officer (GDO) and other local volunteers to plan the new provision Section.
  • Plan, attend and contribute to the open evening/taster night in collaboration with the Growth and Development Officer and local volunteers.
  • Attend the new Section’s meetings every week during the first 10-12 weeks following the opening night.
  • Run the new Section for the first 10-12 weeks, whilst supporting the new volunteers so that they may take full responsibility for the Section at the end of that period.
  • Mentor, train and support new volunteers in the new provision Section.
  • Recruiting additional adult volunteers as necessary.
  • Provide feedback, statistics and reports to the Senior Growth and Development Officer ( SGDO) and /or other funders as required.
  • Complete a full induction into their role

Please contact Natalie Boarer,