Volunteers are our most valuable assets, giving us their time, support and access to a huge range of skills, talents and contacts that we simply wouldn’t be able to function without. In Poole we have hundreds of Adult volunteers who support Scouting in some way, but we’re always on the lookout for more amazing people willing to give up a few hours a week to carry our adventure forward.
Our Volunteers come from all walks of life, many have been involved with Scouting when they were younger or their own children are involved with Scouting but it’s not a prerequisite. All of them are common though in that they are involved in engaging and supporting young people in their personal development, enpowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
Our volunteers fall in to two main categories of either being a leader/helper ‘on the front line’, running activities and interacting directly with young people, or support role, helping and supporting those running activities for Scouts. Both role types can fit around your personal life & work, with a range of flexible volunteering options allowing you to give as much or as little time as you want to.
When you volunteer with us, you can give as much or as little time as you want, whether that’s committing an hour or two to a weekly meeting or just one a month at a time which suits you. Volunteering doesn’t have to entail running meetings, there are plenty of support roles working behind the scenes. You could help with maintenance, perhaps you can drive a minibus or enjoy doing admin work?
What’s in it for you?
Scouting provides first class training, guidance and support for all our Adult Volunteers. In fact, our training is award winning, having been recognised with a National Training Award from UK Skills. Alongside this we can offer one of the most exciting and fulfilling voluntary jobs available, you’ll get to meet new people and make new friends.
Common questions about Volunteering
- Do I have the skills you need?
You don’t have to be an adventurer like Bear Grylls to get involved with Scouting. Do you have first aid knowledge? Are you good with numbers? Handy in the kitchen? Or are you a DIY whizz? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.
- What if I don’t have that much spare time or can’t commit on a regular basis?
Volunteering with us is easy, fun and flexible – how much time you give is completely up to you. Whether you help out once a fortnight, month or term or just at special events or camps, there is bound to be a role you can play, and no matter how you get involved, we’ll make sure you’re properly trained and supported.
- What will I get out of volunteering?
As well as gaining externally recognised skills and having a brilliant time, Scouting also offers the chance to build on personal skills, like teamwork, confidence and leadership. A study found that over 90% of our volunteers believe that the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.
- My child is in Scouting – is there anything I could do to help?
The short answer is yes. Many of our helpers and leaders are parents of our youth members because they’ve seen firsthand how Scouting benefits young people and want to give something back. It’s also a chance to spend more time with your children and learn new skills. Speak to your child’s leader to discuss how you might become involved.
- Are there any age restrictions on helping out?
As long as you’re over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting. There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers. If you are aged between 14 to 18, there is the option of becoming a Young Leader.
Ready to become part of our Adventure or want to know more?
Just get in touch with us on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you!