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Improving access - 1st Warley Scouts Community Hub

by Kevin Chandler in Great Warley, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th June 2021 we successfully raised £1,280 ( + est. £70.00 Gift Aid ) with 27 supporters in 42 days

Grading and resurfacing the entrance of our car park to allow community groups to use our new Community hub / training facility.

by Kevin Chandler in Great Warley, England, United Kingdom

Our Project

Eagle Hall, the 1st Warley Scouts HQ, was destroyed in an arson attack on 25th August 2015. 


Eagle Hall in 2015 with the fire services saving our royal flag

Thanks to the generosity of many grant bodies, the leaders, friends and families of 1st Warley Scouts and our local community, we raised the necessary funds and we have just completed the rebuilding of our HQ. 


The rebuilt Eagle Hall, April 2021

A key part of our project was the addition of a disabled WC/shower, platform lift and a new 86m² Community/training room to ensure that local charities and community groups had a place to meet which suited their needs. The main hall is also available to hire when it is free.


Community/training room, April 2021



Main hall, April 2021

We have several local charities waiting to use the new facilities but we need to improve our car park so that people can get in and out easily and safely. We have received partial funding from the Brentwood Community Fund to grade and resurface portions of our car park and we are fundraising/applying for funds to cover the £2338 shortfall to complete these works.



Our car park, April 2021


Why this is important to the Community

As a member of Brentwood Council for Voluntary Service, it is clear that there is an increasing demand for grass-roots led, community services in our area. These groups are evolving but they are being stifled as there are few local venues that currently meet their needs. There are council-run facilities but they are too expensive for many (£30-50/hr with £20 projector fee) and do not have onsite storage. 1st Warley Scout Group have designed and built a facility to support the Essex community during this period of austerity. 

We are taking bookings from several groups who wish to meet. In discussions, all groups have said that it is important for their members to get out of the house, maintain their relationships and make new friends as this promotes independence, healthy living and social cohesion while reducing isolation, deprivation and misery. Marginalised or older citizens are especially vulnerable and we want them to be inspired, motivated, and to lead fulfilling lives.



Why this is important to Scouting

Scouts UK conducted a recruitment drive to attract new Leaders to support the continued growth of Scouting. We also have an increasing number of young Leaders (14-18 years) who have mandatory and optional training to complete, therefore equipping them to be our Leaders of the future. There is budget set aside to provide mandatory training to ensure these Leaders operate effectively, ethically and safely. Unfortunately there is no formal Scout Leader training facility in Essex which is hampering the delivery of the courses. 

The new facilities will be used to support the 1,100+ Leaders across Essex who provide activities for the 16,000 Scouts who meet each week across the county. Training will help us to deliver a safe and exciting program of events to our young people.

We are working with the Essex Scouting leadership team to develop a training program which may include; Essential Information / Tools for the Role / Programme Planning / Running Safe Activities / Practical Skills / Supporting Young People / Promoting Positive Behaviour / Skills of Leadership / Mentoring and Coaching / Safety for Managers + Supporters / Safeguarding / 1st Aid.



Who we are

1st Warley Scout Group was founded in 1909 as the Princess Marie Louise's Own Troop by a grand-daughter of Queen Victoria. We are the oldest and largest Scout Group within the Brentwood District with over 100 youth members: 2 separate Beaver Colonies, 2 Cub Packs, 2 Scout Troops and 1 affiliated Explorer Group.

We are part of the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. We change lives by offering 6 to 18-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express creativity and experience the wider world. 

Some of our young people come from disadvantaged backgrounds, have learning or behavioural difficulties or have had a difficult start in life and we do our best to get them back on track. Our Scout Group has a policy of inclusiveness, we are open to everyone and our current membership reflects this. We keep the cost of membership down to a minimum to ensure that anyone can join us. For some of our young people, this is the only social or creative outlet that they have.



Our supporters

Our project is being supported by our MP, Alex Burghart, the Leader of Brentwood Council (Chris Hossack), our local councillors (Louise McKinlay, David Kendall, Jay Laplain, Mark Reed) and our Brentwood Council Community Safety Manager, Daniel Cannon.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£30 Reward

A woven fabric badge, designed by one of our Beaver/Cubs/Scouts, celebrating the reopening of Eagle Hall.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A virtual, socially-distanced pat on the back.

£25 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£25 Reward

A 'Thank You' card personally signed by members of 1st Warley Scouts.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£50 Reward

For pledges of £50 or more we will hand deliver a 16 x 10 x 1.5 inch (approx) chopping board, handmade in Brentwood from recycled timber. Please note we can only deliver these to Brentwood locations due to weight restrictions.

£250 or more

£250 Corporate reward

A pledge of £250 will allow your company to use our meeting room on 3 occasions.

£500 or more

£500 Corporate reward

A pledge of £500 or over will allow your company to add your corporate logo to our Funders wall and use our meeting room on 6 occasions.

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