We Need Volunteers!
Since we completed the extensive renovations for the beginning of this Scout year, all the sections have been enjoying the benefits of our “good-as-new” hall. However, as you can guess, we need something more important in addition to the physical facilities. The Group needs “people” assets to thrive and to provide the outstanding Scouting experience that 2nd Mortlake aims to deliver for all its young members.
Any Scout Group draws on the resources and skills of its community and in particular the parents and their family. We are often asked what can I do to help? What do you need? Some people would like to help at section meetings while others are interested in assisting in other ways and want to know what else is required or how they could contribute.
Can you or someone you know spare some time to help the Group? Even if it is once a month or less we would be very grateful. All our sections are always looking for new helpers if you feel you are up for a challenge. If you are concerned about the time commitment, don’t worry, our aim is to create flexible volunteering opportunities to suit the time you have available.
Although we have a fantastic team of Section leaders and volunteers superbly lead by Keith, we still have openings for a number of important roles within the Group which we outline below. Some of the roles would work well for people who have spare time during the day or even on a few evenings over the year. Some of them may suit retired or younger people.
Currently these are some of the roles we are looking to fill:
- Group Secretary
- Equipment Manager (Quartermaster)
- Group Historian
- Beaver Scout Leader/ Assistant Beaver Scout Leader
- Explorer Scout Leader/ Assistant Explorer Scout Leader
- Beaver and Cub representatives for the Executive
1. Group Secretary
Do you have good administration skills or interested in managing the organisation of a small charity? Then our Group Secretary role could be perfect for you. The Group Secretary assists the Group Scout Leader and Group Chair in the effective running of our Scout Group by providing administrative support. This includes taking minutes at our Group Executive Committee meetings, writing letters as required and helping to maintaining records of our members on our national membership database.
Although the ‘executive’ bit in our committee’s title makes it sound very formal, it is actually not like that at all! Our committee is made up of members of your local community and the parents of the young people within our Scout Group.
2. Equipment Manager (Quartermaster)
The Quartermaster role is really vital to helping a Scout Group run effectively. Scout Groups get up to all sorts of exciting activities, and we have lots of equipment that needs looking after. This can include camping equipment (tents, stoves, shelters, lamps, etc.) to games equipment in order to run sections each week, to cooking equipment (pots and pans etc). As quartermaster it would be your job to ensure you keep an accurate inventory of this equipment, and seek approval to purchase new equipment, or repair it when necessary.
You would have close connections with the Scout Group’s Manager (the Group Scout Leader) and Section Leaders who need access to the equipment for Camps or particular activities. The role might suit someone who previous looked after or maintained camping or hiking equipment or who currently participates or is interested in these activities.
3. Group Historian
Do you or someone you know have an interest in local history and some time to do some research? As we approach our centenary next year, we are looking for someone to update the Group’s history since our 75th birthday in 1994. As well as the annual photographs displayed on the wall of the HQ, there is much material that needs cataloguing and including in the Group’s records.
4. Beaver Scout Leader/ Assistant Beaver Scout Leader
Beaver Scouts are our youngest members, boy and girls aged 6 to 8 years. They meet weekly to take part in a wide range of activities including games, crafts, singing, visits and good turns, along with plenty of outdoor activities. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the fun and excitement of sleepovers. It may be the first time they spend a night away from home so it’s a real adventure for them.
This is an exciting role involves working with a small leadership team to enable the delivery of an exciting programme for the section members, with many outdoor opportunities. You will not only benefit from supporting young people, but also from gaining new skills and developing yourself. All of which apply to your everyday working life.
5. Explorer Scout Leader/ Assistant Explorer Scout Leader
Can you help inspire adventure? We’re looking for a highly motivated person to lead the Explorer Scout section. Explorer Scouts are young people aged 14 to 18 and are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of their Explorer Scout Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.
Scouting is all about having fun, making friends, learning new skills and the adventure of trying exciting outdoor activities! There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.
The fundraising Committee are looking for help. They meet 3 to 4 times a year and assist the Group in coordinating fundraising projects like Quiz nights, Race Nights, Sponsored walks etc.
7. Beaver and Cub representatives for the Executive
The Executive Committee meets every term and makes decisions about the Group, fund raising and moving the Group forward. It is important to have two representatives from each section at the executive Committee to make sure all sections are represented when making decisions on behalf of the Group. We are looking for representatives for the above two sections who would be able to give their points of view as parents or guardians of young people of this age.
Everyone helping out with the 2nd Mortlake Scout Group is a volunteer and we know from personal experience that volunteering can be a rich and rewarding experience and fun too! Remember our aim is to create flexible volunteering opportunities to suit the time you have available. If you want to dip you toe in the water, don’t hesitate – join the fun!
Talk to one of the section leaders or contact Keith by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.