Flexible Volunteering

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Flexible Volunteering

Your Help

As well as encouraging your child with their activities and badges there may be other ways that you can help the leaders in the Group. Specialist skills, help with transport or simply an extra pair of hands on a busy night or outing are always welcome. We are looking into running a parent rota but also seek assistance when required.

Alternatively you may feel that you are able to offer regular help with Scouting in the Group by becoming a leader or a helper. For more information have a chat with one of the leaders.

Flexible Volunteering

We encourage flexible volunteering at 109th Scout Group.

Note that you don’t need previous Scouting experience to get involved and working with other adults shares the responsiblity and load.

For each new volunteer we need to find out: their skills; their availability; what they want from a volunteering role; what they want/are able to give to the role. Once we know that, and what kind of things people might like to do to help we can more easily match that person with the things we need assistance with.

Please have a read of the different options we have below, and if you’re interested please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

We have various kinds of flexible volunteering available. The following are all examples that we could consider.

For adults who can only commit to limited or irregular time each week, there are several options available.

Occasional Helper

  • can be based in a Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit
  • does not wear uniform
  • does not take the Promise
  • is not a Member of The Scout Association but requires an Access NI Check and may involve doing Modules 1 and 3 of the adult training programme.

Section Assistant

  • can be based in a Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit
  • does not need to make the Promise
  • does not have to wear uniform
  • only has to do Modules 1 and 3 of the adult training scheme (2 evenings)
  • has to complete on-line Safeguarding training (1 hour)
  • ideally has to complete a First Response Course (6 hours)
  • does not have the responsibility of leading the section, and is not required to attend every section meeting.
  • is a Member or Associate Member of The Scout Association

Assistant Section Leader

  • can be based in a Colony, Pack, Troop or Unit
  • does make the Promise
  • does wear uniform
  • has to complete Scout leader training (a couple of weekends over 3 years, or online, evenings, etc...)
  • helps with the responsibility of leading the section but is not required to attend every section meeting.
  • is a Member of The Scout Association

Adults who can’t make a week day commitment

This may be someone who is willing to help out if we have a weekend activity occuring e.g. a fundraising event, hike, camping etc.

For example

  • Quartermaster - Helps looks after the Groups equipment (as and when needed)
  • Exec Committee Member - Helps with the oversight of the Group (typically 3 meetings a year)
  • Active Support Unit - Support the Group when and if needed.

Adults who can’t commit to all the requirements of a conventional role

  • Any role can be divided between two or more volunteers. Role sharing can open volunteering opportunities to adults unable to make a regular commitment to Scouting.

One example is a leadership team of four run on a rotational basis. Each of the leaders takes it in turns to:

  1. Plan and lead the meeting
  2. Assist with the planning and running of the meeting
  3. Attend and assist with the meeting
  4. Babysit for the other leaders’ children who are too young to attend the meeting.

All four are section leaders. Rotating the roles means that each volunteer only has to be involved in the planning for two out of every four weeks

Role sharing can be done with many of the other roles in the Group.

Please note if your over 18, to volunteer with 109th Scout Group you will need to fill in a Access Northern Ireland (NI) form and return it to a leader. Once completed and certificate sent back then your all set to help out with the group.

You can download an Access Northern Ireland (NI) form here

Please speak to a Section leader if you would be interested in helping out and for help in filling out the form.

Got a question?

       Do I really 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?

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.

For more information on being a young leader please click here

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