The 186th Sheffield (Manor) Scout Group was formed 3 years ago following a partnership and organisations coming together looking at the needs for the area. The Manor area is one of the 10% most deprived areas in the UK, with some areas falling in the 1% most deprived areas. As such, the following needs were identified:
- for a structured regular positive activity to engage local children
- to create opportunities for adults to volunteer, gain skills and build confidence
- to be affordable and financially accessible
- to offer opportunities to expand the experiences of local people through camps, trips and outings
Scouting offers us a way to meet these needs. The aim of the Scout Association is to promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential, as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities.
The Method of achieving the Aim of the Association is by providing an enjoyable and attractive scheme of progressive training, based on the Scout Promise and Law, and guided by adult leadership.
Our adults ensure a quality provision by attending additional training. We have leaders who are experts in early years, hold permits for camping, are Archery GB instructors and Arts Award Advisors (offering qualifications in all types of art).
The building in which we are based has limited storage, meaning we can not store enough equipment to take all the children camping. Lifting it in and out of the loft space means adults are stretched and do not do it often (many of our team members have medical conditions), meaning the frequency of camps is limited.
We would like to buy a storage container to store our equipment at ground level, and allow more equipment to be stored. We want to kit the container out with shelving and boxes to keep the equipment organised and safe. The container would allow us to back cars up to it and quickly and efficiently load and unload, plus allow us to do this even when the building is being used by another organisation. It would also allow us to accept donations of equipment of resources that have historically been offered but we have had to turn down due to lack of storage.
We would also like to purchase a second large marquee so that we can sit 80 children at once to eat when on camp. At present we are limited by the numbers we take on camp due to lack of space. In Summer 2020 we aim to take 90 local people to ScoutTastic - a large county event where children and young people are able to participate in a variety of exciting activities, including water sports, climbing, shooting, axe throwing, caving, archery and challenges.
186th meet in St Swithun’s Church in the Manor estate of Sheffield with children aged from 4 to 14 attending. Additionally we have a few young leaders supporting these sections. Children attending are from the surrounding areas including Manor, Arborthorn, Norfolk Park and Wybourn. These young people face many barriers and finance is only one. To aid with this we fund raise throughout the year to subsidise our monthly fees and any camps and activities. 7% of our children attend without paying any subscriptions or fees due to home circumstances.
We are really proud of our group and what our young people and adults achieve. The majority of children achieve their top award for the section they are in - demonstrating that our leadership team offer a great programme and ensures the young people learn the skills needed to complete these.
We have attended county events and won awards in competitions.
We have won a local award for our leadership team and the impact we are having on our local area.
Our group have been keen to ensure that scouting is available for as many people as possible. This has included our very keen interest in early years provision - a time in each young persons life that shapes the future. We have been successful in being selected as one of 20 groups outside London (of over 750 that applied) to pilot a Scouting Early Years Provision called Hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are 4 & 5 year olds that get involved with loads of activities and enjoy the outdoors and local area. This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates that whilst we are a new group, we are meeting the requirements of the Scout Association and providing quality provision to all of our members.
We are proud to be part of the Manor area, and this is reflected in our involvement with the wider community:
- We perform litter picks in the area
- We assist with car parking for local events
- We support Everyone's Festival - providing fun days in the summer holidays for families, along with a community bonfire and firework display, attracting circa 8500 people to come together and enjoy a night
- We support a Hallowe'en event, allowing children to safely do a 'trick or treat'
- We provide first aid and fire marshalling cover
- We support the Church we meet in by performing clean ups and odd jobs
- We started a local remembrance day service in conjunction with Manor Parish
- We started a Christmas Carols service in conjunction with Manor Parish
- We have got involved with exploring the purpose of parliament during Parliament Week
- We engage with scouts from across the world during JOTI
This funding will mean we can improve our offer of adventure and create further opportunities for children to gain #SkillsForLife. With easier access to our resources, we will be able to offer more fun and adventure for our young people, who some would never get the opportunity otherwise. By purchasing new equipment we will be able to accept more young people to benefit from what we can offer.