3rd Portchester Scouts

by 3rd Portchester Scouts in Fareham, England, United Kingdom

£9,810

raised of £10,000 target

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th September 2020 at 5:01pm

Our normal fundraising opportunities are currently unavailable, so we are launching a Crowdfunder project to help fill the funding gap

by 3rd Portchester Scouts in Fareham, England, United Kingdom

Our Project in Brief

Like many other businesses and organisations, we have seen a huge impact both on our cash flow and the way we have been operating due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. In total we are estimating that we would be down on our estimated income for 2020 by approximately £12,000 (loss of fundraising opportunities and some loss in subscription charges) excluding grant applications, and any additional running costs incurred due to socially distanced activities as we plan for our return.

As we cannot return to our traditional fundraising opportunities for some time; we are launching our first Crowdfunder campaign to help address some of the loss explained above along with the hopes of maintaining a healthy cash flow, and ideally still allow us to progress existing projects that we had in the pipeline for 2020.

We will be announcing a number of rewards throughout an 8 week Crowdfunder campaign. If you are able to support us we would be extremely grateful, either by making a pledge for one of our many rewards or by making a one-off donation to our Group through Crowdfunder.

We are very thankful for all donations, whatever the amount, and please also don't forget to share our campaign with others that might be interested in supporting us.

Please note - As a UK Charity there are no fees for us using Crowdfunder and we can still claim gift aid on all donations (provided you tick the right box when making any pledges). This means using Crowdfunder provides us with a risk-free platform that will help us MASSIVELY through any donations received as we get to keep 100% of all money raised.

Thank you.

Update (24/08/2020)

About Us

3rd Portchester Scouts formed in 1947, we are one of the largest Scout Group's in Hampshire and are one of 105 Royal Navy Recognised Sea Scout Groups in the UK. This is in recognition for the outstanding programme on offer at 3rd Portchester Scouts and the opportunities that we offer to young people aged 6-18; not forgetting also our adult volunteers ( who,without them, none of this would be possible).

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We are also a British Canoeing Affiliated Club and British Rowing Club enabling us to access various opportunities and through our own Instructors/Coaches, who hold National Governing Body qualifications, are able to offer courses and qualifications from both of these organisations. In addition to this, we work closely with Portchester Sailing Club who are a RYA Training Centre, allowing us access to relevant courses and qualifications.

As part of the world's largest youth movement we are very proud to be currently supporting just under 150 young people at 3rd Portchester Scouts across 8 different sections:

  • 2x Beaver Colonies (6-8 year olds)
  • 2x Cub Packs (8-10.5 year olds)
  • 3x Scout Troops (10.5-14 year olds)
  • 1x Explorer Unit (14-18 year olds)

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.

In March 2020 we saw one of the most unique periods in the entire Group's history when all face to face Scouting activities were suspended for the first time since we were formed. This has most definitely caused us some major challenges that we are trying so hard to overcome and, hopefully with your help, we can come through the other side stronger than ever before.

Community Impact

We actively look for projects where we can get involved each year and support our local community where possible. This year we were looking to support Fort Nelson as part of a Million Hands project which has had to be postponed due to Covid-19.

Our young people very quickly gave their support for the Care for Care Homes project when it was launched in May 2020. This has seen the young people in our Group creating various acts of kindness that we are regularly dropping off to 2 local care/nursing homes.

https://scouts.org.uk/careforcarehomes

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While 2020 is a very exceptional year we normal are a huge local part for things such as the Portchester Gala and the local Remembrance Parade events held annually in our village, along with supporting many other local events through tent hire, etc.

How we are Supporting our Members during Covid-19

When we first went in to lock down on Tuesday 17th March 2020, stopping all face to face Scouting, our team of adult leaders were all very quick to look at new ways that we can still continue to offer Scouting opportunities to meet our charitable aim.

All of our sections have been offering virtual Scouting which the young people can participate in from the safety of their own homes. Over the last 4 months this has seen the young people have access to the following:

  • Weekly meetings via Zoom; enabling social interaction
  • Virtual camping opportunities at home
  • Various tasks/challenges set that they can do when it suits them
  • A large support network for families to share ideas

With the ability to return to a limited offering of face to face activities from Monday 6th July 2020, we have been very quick to look at a number of activities that we can do while maintaining social distancing throughout.

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What Next?

The Scout Association is following guidance from the National Youth Agency. This will consist of 4 stages; Red, Amber, Yellow & Green. Again, at the time of writing, (end of July 2020), we are currently in a Amber stage allowing virtual Scouting to take place and limited outdoor activities provided social distancing is maintained.

This is having an increased cost to run activities, while also having a reduction in the numbers of young people that we can offer face to face Scouting opportunities to in any given session.

We are yet to understand the exact financial impact of each stage so we cannot give exact figures on what the financial strain on our Group will be, but we are keen to carry on supporting everyone who is part of our Group and our community with your help. We will be looking to see what opportunities we can make available at each readiness level, and will do our best to make new opportunities available ideally without the additional cost of cleaning, etc. being a financial barrier for us to make these activities happen.

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Breakdown of Financial Impact

Remarkably through the fantastic effort of our leaders (adult volunteers and young leaders) we have only lost about 5% of our members, and as a Group we are supporting those families that can not currently afford our subscription charge for various personal reasons.

This is still however estimated to be about £4,500 (for the period of March to September)

A large part of our typical annual income is made from various fundraising events that take place each year of which, unfortunately, we don't see being able to take place this year (many already have been cancelled):

  • Portchester Gala
  • Raffle (run alongside the Gala)
  • Equipment hire (hiring out tents to organisations for the Gala, other events, etc.)
  • Taster sessions
  • Bag packing
  • Great South Run
  • Pottery Painting
  • Other fundraising events, such as meals, quiz nights, etc.

Estimated to be about £7,500 we will have missed out on due to not being able to run these events.

Typically we also work with a number of different charities who support us through grant applications, but most of the traditional funds that we would apply to are all on hold at present. 

Our estimated loss of income for 2020 is to be about £12,000 (loss of fundraising opportunities and some subscription charges) excluding grant applications, and any additional running costs incurred due to socially distanced activities as we plan for our return.

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Existing Projects (prior to Covid-19)

Prior to Covid-19 we had the following projects that we were actively working on to help improve the opportunities available at 3rd Portchester Scouts and in our community:

  • Placing a public access AED (Automated External Defibrillator) on the outside of our building
  • Installation of noise absorbing panels at our HQ to help allow capacity expansion
  • Purchase of a new second outboard engine and covers for our 2 Drascombe Luggers
  • Reviewing our kayak fleet, with the expectation of getting some new kayaks suitable for expeditions and allowing us to accommodate the smaller paddlers 

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Our 2020 Successes so far

At the start of 2020 we were successful and very thankful to the following 3 organisations who supported us in being able to progress a review of our 12' Dinghy Fleet Review.

  • Sports England - Small Grants
  • The Scout Association - RN Admiralty Fund
  • The Rowing Foundation

This has enabled us in early 2020 to purchase 6 new 12' Fusion Dinghies. These 6 new crafts will be essential water activities during Amber in particular for pulling as they allow us to provide young people access to water activities - while still maintaining social distance and safety of all those involved.

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Other successes include:

  • Virtual Scouting through the use of Zoom, OSM (Online Scout Manager) and other tools
  • A very high retention rate through this crisis
  • Having the pleasure of, during the first half of 2020, awarding the following badges:
    • 2 Platinum Awards
    • 3 Chief Scout's Gold Awards
    • 10 Chief Scout's Silver Awards
    • 4 Chief Scout’s Bronze Awards
    • 82 Challenge Awards (various)
    • 293 Activity Badges
    • 270 Staged Activity Badges
  • Moving to virtual Exec and Leaders meetings

How Can You Help?

Our Crowdfunder campaign will last for 8 weeks and we will be aiming to release lots of different rewards throughout this period. We are hopeful to include things such as the following:

  • Event tickets for things such as a virtual quiz, bingo, etc.
  • Water activity sessions
  • Sponsored Run
  • Wall of thanks

As a UK Charity there are no fees for us using Crowdfunder and we can still claim gift aid on all donations provided you tick the right box when making any pledges (if unsure please do ask).

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Extra Funding

When we reach 25% of our target we can look at applying for 1 or more Extra Funding opportunities on Crowdfunder to help meet our target. If successful, these funds are then available to us (provided we achieve at least 50% of our original target amount without the Extra Funding opportunities).

In Summary

As a large Scout Group we often have multiple things wishing to be funded at the same time. Our focus very much at present and for the future is about giving all the young people amazing opportunities; enabling them to achieve their best and gain Skills for Life even during this unprecedented period.

This funding will be used to help ensure that we can continue to offer the best possible Scouting through all 4 readiness states, while ideally allowing us opportunities to still progress as many of our existing projects as possible during this unprecedented time.

Thank you so much for your support from everyone at 3rd Portchester Scouts.

https://www.3rdportchester.uk

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Homemade Christmas Gift Boxes

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

7 of 15 claimed

Family and Friends Quiz Finale

Friday 25th September 2020 - 19:30 onwards This will be via Zoom and it will be 1 team per connection. You will need a suitable device for Zoom, pen, paper, and your best team.

£1 or more

Running Pledge (£1 per km)

Collectively as a Group we will pledge to run 1 km for every £1 raised through this pledge. Go on set us a tough challenge we dare you.

£5 or more

Wall of Thanks

We will be creating a Wall of Thanks both at our HQ and on our website for those that have supported us with this fundraising project.

£5 or more

Leader (David Crook) 10 Mile Challenge

For every £50 raised through this reward David Crook (Section Leader for Ellen MacArthur Troop) will commit to running a 10 mile run (up to 4) on behalf of 3rd Portchester Scouts. If this reaches £400 or more then run a final 5th 10 mile on Sunday 18th October 2020 when the Great South Run takes place.

£5 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Badge Sewing Service

A local seamstress has kindly agreed to donate some of her time to help our Crowdfunder project. She has agreed to sew on up to 5 different uniform badges for each one of these rewards.

£5 or more

Cream Tea for Two

This voucher can be exchanged for a cream tea for two at next year's Portchester Gala (2021) from 3rd Portchester Scouts.

£6 or more

Homemade Christmas Gift Boxes

A selection of different unfilled homemade gift boxes are available. These will be made and delivered at the start of December 2020. Collection or delivery in local area only. Available in 3 different options; 1) Set of 4 small gift boxes (Santa/Rudolph/polar bear/bauble), 2) Set of 4 small gift boxes (elf/snowman/penguin x 2), 3) 1 Large bauble gift box

£10 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Paddle Start Award (parent & child)

We have been kindly offered a limited numbers of places for parents & children to spend an hour paddling and each complete the British Canoeing - Paddle Start Award. Dates and times to be confirmed based on availability of families, weather and tide. Each reward is for 1 parent & 1 child.

£10 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£10 voucher - Twells Tradition Portchester Butcher

Twells Tradition have very kindly donated a £10 gift voucher for our local butcher. Very pleased to support local traders.

£25 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Family Motorboat Trip

We have been offered the opportunity for a family motorboat trip on 1 of 2 Drascombe Luggers. This will likely be a trip from Portchester up Fareham Creek. Dates and times to be confirmed based on availability of families, weather and tide. Each reward is for up to 2 adults & 3 children.

£25 or more

0 of 50 claimed

Trafalgar Night 2021

Advance ticket sales for a Trafalgar Night meal with 3rd Portchester Scouts on Saturday 23rd October 2021 including a 3 course meal. 1 ticket per person.

£5 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Family/Friends Quiz 1

Saturday 15th August 2020 - 19:30 onwards This will be via Zoom and it will be 1 team per connection. You will need a suitable device for Zoom, pen, paper, and your best team.

£5 or more

9 of 9 claimed

Retro Game Show Night

Tuesday 1st September 2020 - 19:00 onwards. From Countdown to the Price is Right, we'll be playing some of your favourite game shows from the last few decades. 1 entry per team who will need to be at the same location.

£5 or more

13 of 13 claimed

Bingo, Full Strip of Tickets

Saturday 22nd August 2020 - 19:30 onwards. We will aim to play 2-3 games of Bingo (90 ball) via Zoom. Tickets can either be collected ahead of the game or sent electronically. Single tickets also available (see separate reward).

£5 or more

5 of 5 claimed

Family and Friends Quiz 2

Saturday 5th September 2020 - 19:30 onwards This will be via Zoom and it will be 1 team per connection. You will need a suitable device for Zoom, pen, paper, and your best team.

£5 or more

13 of 13 claimed

Bingo, Full Strip of Tickets

Saturday 12th September 2020 - 19:30 onwards. We will aim to play 4 games of Bingo (90 ball) via Zoom. Tickets can either be collected ahead of the game or sent electronically.

£100 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Name a Fusion Dinghy

We have got 6 new Fusion Dinghies that are currently seeking names. We will arrange for the names to go on the boat and maintain this for a minimum of 3 years. Please note, we reserve the right to ask for an alternative name to the one proposed if we deem it to be inappropriate.

£300 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Used Laser Pico

We have got 4 used Laser Pico's that are looking for a new home. If you are interested in coming to look at one of these first then please let us know.

£373 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Pico Sails

3x Rooster Main Sails & 2x Jib Sails

£500 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Used Wayfarer Sailing Dinghy

We have got 2 used Wayfarer Sailing Dinghies that are looking for new homes. If you are interested in coming to look at one of these first then please let us know.

Let's make '3rd Portchester Scouts' happen

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