Volunteering with Mid Wiltshire Scouts

Mid Wiltshire Scouts can only offer young people the unique opportunities available in Scouting if we have sufficient volunteers to support our young people.  Everyone has busy lives today so we try to find ways to help volunteers take on roles which are flexible to the time they have available.  In April 2017, it was reported in the news that ‘'Leader shortage' means 51,000 children wait to join Scouts’ (BBC News 11/4/17). 


Scouting is infectious!  Where we have well run groups or sections, then more young people want to join and more adults want to share in the fun the young people are having.  This helps build supportive teams to support not only the young people, but also the teams leading the young people.  The Scout Association also offers a training scheme to support adults in the roles they undertake.  The scheme is modular, offering a full range of skills required, with volunteers choosing modules relevant to their roles.  The training scheme has been recognised by the National Training Awards from UK Skills, with over 90% of volunteers believing the skills and experiences they have gained through Scouting have been of relevance to their working or personal lives.


How can you help?

In Mid Wiltshire District, we have a range of vacancies for adults to either directly work with young people or to support those who have the time to work with young people.  We are particularly looking for a number of administrators to help support with meeting minutes, helping to organise events, communicating with media outlets and freeing up leaders from paperwork which might stop them being able to offer such fun activities.  We do have vacancies for people to take on direct leadership roles with young people, running weekly, or fortnightly, meetings, following a programme and offering young people the chance to gain badges and awards. 


In Mid Wiltshire we have a belief that Scouting will grow where we build teams with ‘lots of people all doing a little’ rather than one or two people taking on lots.  In modern Britain, we need to offer our young people the chance to get out into the community, support local events and initiatives and get back to basics, learning how to work with our environment and explore to find out exactly what lives right next to us. 


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? Can you take minutes of a meeting? We all have useful skills and you can volunteer and help in many ways.


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.


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 first-hand 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 details about becoming a Young Leader in Mid Wiltshire District, please email youngleaders@midwiltshirescouts.org.uk


Details of the current vacancies in Mid Wiltshire are contained in the attached file.  If you are interested in a specific role or would just like to find out more about where you might be able to help then either email dc@midwiltshirescouts.org.uk or visit The Scout Association web site and register your interest.


We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to our team.