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islandscoutsIsle of Wight Scouts are stepping into the breach to take advantage of the opportunities for Young People left by the Isle of Wight Council’s reduction of support to youth organisations.

As part of a move to outsource Youth Services, the Isle of Wight Council have awarded funds to 11 organisations, including Island Scouts.

Isle of Wight Scouts Media Development Manager, Malcolm Cox said:

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“The Isle of Wight Council and the National Headquarters of the Scouting Association have awarded Island Scouts grants to enable us to employ a Regional Development Officer to promote Scouting here on the Island. This will be the first paid role for a Scout on the Island, and their role will include helping to recruit more Scouts, Leaders and Helpers. We’re looking now to find a unique person to fill this unique role.

The occupant of the new role will also be expanding our inclusivity as part of our “Access All Areas” initiative. Our Island Community is not as diverse as many mainland communities, but we welcome everyone into the Scout movement. Many of our Group Headquarters buildings are access-friendly, and we will also be looking to help improve access to other buildings. We will also be looking to bring Scouting into communities we are not currently involved with”.

Isle of Wight Scouts have started the new year by raising their profile on the Island and pointing to the fact that they are very much an organisation on the up and up. The movement on the Island has grown year on year since 2007 with currently 1,500 Scouts on the Island.

In addition to seeking to recruit new members, the organisation wants extra leaders and helpers to step forward too. Official estimates show as many as 1 in 10 of the UK population have been involved with Scouting at some time and the organisation is hoping to appeal to ex-Scouts who would like to pass on their Scouting experience.

The Island Scouts are also keen to hear from non-Scouts who can bring fresh ideas to Scouting. The flexible volunteering scheme caters for a range of commitment from leaders who spend a few hours a week through to occasional helpers who can only spare a few hours now and again. Scouting Active Support units provide a way that adults can help out occasionally at camps, events and meetings as basically “part-time Scouts”.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a retired Scout leader with over 30 years experience or if you’re happiest making a cup of tea and slicing a cake, whatever commitment you can make, the Scouts are flexible in making the best use of that time for the benefit of Young People.

Anyone interested in joining as a Scout or as an adult leader, helper or Scouting Active Support member, can find more information at www.isleofwightscouts.org.uk or nationally at www.scouts.org.uk. You can also call 07749 432289. You can also visit the Island Scout’s new Facebook page at IW Scouts Access All Areas.

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