Local MP and Chair of 4th Denton (St Anne’s) Scout Group Andrew Gwynne has attended a community fun day to show support for the growth of Scouting and for getting more adult volunteer to support Scouting in the area.
Greater Manchester alone has 18,000 Scouts yet still has 1,100 young people on the waiting list.
The day saw hundreds of local residents descend on MediaCity Piazza on Salford Quays, taking part in demonstrations of Scout activities, a climbing walls, BMX tracks, live music games and much more.
Scouts and existing adult volunteers from across Greater Manchester were on hand to point out how much everyday adventure Scouting offers. But the clear message of the day was “we need more volunteers.”
Speaking after attending the event showcasing the importance and impact that Scouting makes across Greater Manchester Andrew Gwynne MP said:
‘Scouting is a modern, dynamic youth organisation offering real opportunities and skills for young people to develop themselves and have fun at the same time. It’s the best youth organisation worldwide.’
Heather Baker, 31, a Scouting volunteer manager in Manchester said:
“Demands and pressures of modern life often mean it’s harder for people to find time to volunteer, so for some time now the Scouts have offered volunteer roles in such a way that adults can get involved flexibly, similar to the way that the Duchess of Cambridge is supporting Scouting. The role I’ve just agreed for myself in Manchester is shared between four adults to make it work. Flexibility in volunteering is the way forward”.