1st Clifton Sea Scouts is a thriving group currently supporting over 120 young people and offering them a wide range of opportunities for personal development and adventure.

Volunteers Week Logo Web - Compact versionThis is all made possible by the tireless work of our Group Scout Leader, Peter Swann, and an excellent team of Leaders and Assistants. It’s their outstanding commitment and dedication that enables our young people to enjoy and learn from an exciting and varied programme year in & year out. If the Group is to continue this excellent work for both current and future members we really do need more help to be able to acheive this.

In particular, we are looking for:

Support for Friday night boating with scouts

This is a particularly challenging time for our Leaders as we entrust them with the safety and security of our children in the water during those sessions, especially as we have such a large group of young people at present. Extra parent volunteers at the scout hut and at the riverside will make the lives of our Leaders very much easier and the experience better for all our young people.

Van and minibus drivers

It would be nice to have a larger group of volunteer drivers available to call upon when needed. For most people, a normal full driving licence is all that is required although there are some restrictions, mostly depending on when the licence was issued. As well as Friday night boating sessions we require drivers on paper collection days and for other ad-hoc events. Relevant training can be arranged if needed.

More Section Leaders, Assistants and helpers

More Assistant Leaders are urgently required across all sections. In addition, some of our Section Leaders are ready to hand over the reins to new blood. Anyone interested in these roles will be fully supported and assisted with a handover period and training. Maybe you know a family member, friend, neighbour or colleague who has the perfect skills or experience – please encourage them to talk to us and find out more.

Behind the scenes

Supporting Peter and the other Leaders is our Group Executive Committee led by Group Chair, Tony Hale. The Committee is responsible for the maintenance of property and equipment, financial administration, insurance, fundraising and assisting with leader recruitment; essentially ensuring that the Group has the facilities and resources needed to deliver good Scouting.

Members of the Group Executive Committee are elected at our AGM. The AGM is open to anyone who has a child in or any other interest in the Group. This is your chance to find out what the Group has been doing during the year and ask any questions you might have.

Our AGM will take place on Tuesday 14th July 2015 at 7.30pm at the scout hut. All welcome.

For the last few years, much of the additional behind the scenes work has been taken on by our Leaders with the help of a small group of regular volunteers. We’d like to ease the load from these people and let them concentrate their time on looking after their Sections and providing a fantastic programme for the young people.

Please consider whether you could help by getting involved in one of the following ways:

Join the Group Executive Committee

We currently have space for more parent members to get involved in this important role. No particular qualifications are required except a willingness to actively participate in meetings and accept the responsibilities of acting as a charity trustee. Meetings are usually held once every two months.

Hut maintenance

We need a coordinator who would find out what work needs to be done, arrange supplies and oversee helpers on maintenance days. This would preferably be someone with some general DIY knowledge & skills.

We also need skilled workers to help with particular repairs plus any willing volunteers (skilled or unskilled!) who can help to clean, tidy and assist with general repairs.

Waste paper collections

Paper collection days can be fairly chaotic affairs so we would like someone who can organise and supervise our helpers, making sure that everyone knows what they need to do and keep everyone busy.

Of course, we still need many hands of parents and children to help load papers into the van and trailer and to unload and stack papers into the skip.

Bag2School collections and other fundraising

Bag2School textile collections are a useful and easy fundraiser that we run twice a year so we are looking for someone who can be responsible for booking and coordinating these collections. We’d also like to start to build a team of people who can look into and organise other ways of raising funds for the Group.

What now?

If you can help with any of the above, have any questions or would just like more information about volunteering with the Group, please email support@yorkseascouts.org.uk and your queries will be forwarded to the most appropriate person to deal them.