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17 MAR

“There’s a desperate need for adult volunteers”

By timesecholife on in All News, Leek news

An appeal is being made for volunteers to help keep scouting groups going in a Moorlands town. There are three Scouting groups in the town of Leek – all offering the Scouting groups of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

An appeal is being made for volunteers to help keep scouting groups going in a Moorlands town.

There are three Scouting groups in the town of Leek – all offering the Scouting groups of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts.

Scout volunteer Phil Shemilt said: “Currently there are three Scout Groups in Leek called 2nd Leek based in Clerk Bank, 5th Leek by the leisure centre, and 4th Leek in Ball Haye Green close to Haregate.

All three groups have sections covering the age range six to 14. Then there is an Explorer section aged 14 to 18 based at the group at 4th Leek.

Through no fault of their own all the young people in these groups run the risk of losing their scouting experiences because despite the groups being successful in terms of young people numbers there is a desperate need for adult volunteers in all sections. if we mange to have a number of new volunteers then the pressure on them and the existing volunteers is reduced.

So to help these young people carry on with an interest they enjoy, we are looking at adults form 18 upwards who can give of their time in a very worthwhile capacity.

We are looking at parents, grandparents and interested people who can enjoy a fun and enjoyable activity helping to encourage, build confidence and self esteem and create an environment for ‘Skills for Life.’

Many of our young people can go on, if allowed, to earn badges and awards in Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh that will stay with them for life. Simultaneously allowing them to be well placed for potential employment.”

As well as adult volunteers, the 5th Leek (St Mary’s) Scout group is calling on more young people to join them in their Scouting fun.

Group volunteer Dave Shenton said: “We are based on Fowlchurch Road in Leek, near the leisure centre.

Whilst we are affiliated with St Mary’s Catholic Church, we are not a catholic group and welcome young people from all faiths and backgrounds.

We have plenty of places in all sections currently as during the pandemic many of our former members are now too old for their previous sections.”

The 5th Leek Beavers (six to eight years) meet on a Monday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm; Cubs (eight to ten years) currently meet with the Beavers on a Monday night so that there are enough members to play games and various activities and badges; Scouts (ten to 14) meet on Wednesday evenings from 7pm until 9pm.

Dave added: “Our fabulous championship grade scout and guide band meet on Thursday evenings 7pm until 8.30pm. This is open to all members.

We are also on the lookout for any adults who would be willing to help us out in supporting these young people (and gaining some experience from our ‘old scouters’ before they retire.)

We need both leaders and helpers to enable us to continue the fun our group has. No experience is necessary, and all training will be provided. We just need your time.

We do many activities both inside and out, from learning about the fire triangle to testing our fire lighting skills on camp. Various water activities and much much more

If you are interested in joining us as a young member or even as an adult who thinks they have a skill or even the time to help please contact us through our 5th Leek Facebook page, our email gsl5thleek@gmail.com or by calling me on 07789 815962.”

For further information about any of the Scouting groups in Leek, call email Phil Shemilt at phil.shemilt@moorlandsscouts.co.uk or call him on 07446 416908.

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