Did you know that we have nearly three thousand people in Essex with Occasional Helper roles? That’s equivalent to twelve per Scout Group and three per youth section.
Have you asked any of them what they’d like to do to help?
If we each take the time to speak to one Occasional Helper and only one in ten agrees to be a camp cook, a quartermaster, a committee member or a section assistant then that’s three hundred more volunteers that already have a DBS in place!
By asking what skills they’ve got and what they enjoy, we can find a role that suits them.
Do remember that Occasional Helpers aren’t members of Scouting. They can’t take on responsibilities, have access to the personal records of young people and are limited in what they can do.* Offering them the opportunities of training, development and support will help them to take a greater part in what we do for our young people.
If we each take the time to talk to at least one Occasional Helper we’ve a great opportunity to get more adults involved.
So what’s stopping you?
* Our insurance for Occasional Helpers covers less than our insurance for Members and Associate Members so you do need to check before they get involved with adventurous activities and camps etc.