Week by week, our volunteers empower over 100 young people in Cottingham to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
That’s where you come in.
You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent. Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about mini bus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
Today, there are lots of young people on the waiting list to join us in the Cottingham. We want to get them involved in the adventure and teach them #SkillsForLife.
So whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in. Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the meeting hall or organising a night away – no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.
Volunteering with Cottingham Scouts is really flexible – it’s up to you what you do and how often you do it.
So whether its an hour a week or a night a month, we’ll make sure that your role fits around family life and work. We have a number of roles that could be perfect for you, so take a look through and see what suits you.
No matter what you choose to do with Cottingham Scouts, you’ll receive all the training and support you need to develop your skills and give you advice and help.
If you want to find out more, or want to help ‘behind the scenes’ contact Kate, Group Scout Leader.
You’ll be the go to person for the section (ie. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers). Managing and leading the Section is the key to this role – from taking charge of the week-to-week meeting, to communicating with parents and looking after the finances, it’s a big role and you’ll need to be organised.
Planning and delivering an exciting, safe and stimulating balanced programme that will provide the young people with #SkillsForLife will be key to your role, and you’ll be supported by assistant section leaders, section assistants, young leaders or other helpers in Scouts.
This role is generally for those that have a bit more experience as a leader, but if you’re confident enough then we’d love to hear from you. For more information about this role, get in touch!
You’ll become a regular part of the section (ie. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers) and an be key in helping the section leader. You’ll experience managing and leading the Section from time to time too – it could be taking charge of the week-to-week meeting, to communicating with parents and looking after the finances whilst the section leader is on holiday. You’ll work as a team with the section leader to plan and deliver an exciting, safe and stimulating balanced programme that will provide the young people with #SkillsForLife, and they’ll be section assistants, young leaders or other helpers in Scouts to give a hand too.
This role is great for those that like the sound of being a section leader but don’t quite have the time, or just don’t quite feel ready to that much responsibility.
For more information about this role, get in touch!
Being a section assistant is all about turning up to the week-to-week meeting and being a regular part of the section (ie. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts or Explorers). You won’t have any major responsibility (other then ensuring all young people remain safe) so it’s a great entry role into Scouts.
You’ll support the section leader and assistant section leader to deliver an exciting, safe and stimulating balanced programme that will provide the young people with #SkillsForLife. It may be running a game or leading an activity – you’ll be pivitol in the development of young people.It’s a great role for someone that loves getting involved in the week-to-week meetings, but don’t have the time to do much else.
As an occasional helper you’ll have most flexible role in Scouts. Whether it’s as a tea maker on camp or you just make it to the meetings when you’re free – this role is all about making use of your skills and being flexible around you!
If you just want to get involved in Scouts, but aren’t quite sure or don’t know if you’ve got the time – this is perfect for you. Plus you can always change your role if there’s something you like the look of getting involved in.
Our first priority in Scouts is the safety of our Young People, and to help us ensure this we ask each of our volunteers to complete an enhanced DBS check – this will highlight any criminal records and if there are any concerns around the individual being in contact with Young People.
This means all of our volunteers can be trusted by our parents.
Before you can attend a meeting and come into contact with Young People, you need to have a DBS check completed.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept other DBS checks/records that have been completed as part of your work or other volunteering (ie. NHS, Teachers or Guides). This is to ensure we are happy with the information provided and that it is up to date.
A DBS check will then be completed every 5 years to make sure we’re keeping up to date.