We would like to take the next step in our ongoing goal to work closely in the local community - Supporting Domestic Abuse Families in Luton through The Women's Aid Charity of Luton. As the largest Scout Group in Luton, with over 120 young people and adults, we have a very strong Community Support ethic within the group. We encourage our young people and leaders to get involved in various community projects, linking local faith and church groups, the local town council celebration events, Royal British Legion, Irish Forum, Community festivals, local care homes and many more.
We support all these activities with members and equipment and have been lucky enough to raise funds through our own fundraising efforts or via applications for community funds.
Partnering with Women's Aid in Luton is the next step. We held a poll among our leaders and young people when we were invited by Aviva to submit an application and overwhelmingly support for families and children from abusive homes came out on top.
We then set about contacting Women's Aid in Luton to discuss this project and what we could do for them with the funds:
1. Financial support: Allow the children of those families to join scouting in Luton. We would fund the uniform, annual subscriptions, camps and activities for the year no matter what group they wish to join in the town.
2. Personnel support: Assist in the materials and manpower to decorate and renovate children's play or communal areas within the refuge homes.
3. Furniture support: Locate and supply furnishings to the women and children within the refuges.
Our partnership with Women's Aid and the support we can give are dependant upon achieving our target funds, so help us to help families and children from domestic abuse.