We are nothing,

without our

volunteers . . .

Everyday adventure is possible thanks to our adult volunteers, who support the Group in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage our Group, to being a charity Trustee. Scouting has always been a voluntary youth movement, and our Scout Group is entirely run by and supported by these volunteers!  Wedmore Scout Group has gone from strength to strength over the recent years as we are fortunate in having a dedicated bunch of people who have achieved this. To compensate for this, we help our volunteers to get the most out of their experiences in Scouting by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Why not join us? - come and enjoy

yourself

From the Leaders who plan and run the weekly programme for the different sections, to the parents and local people who give up some time to support the Group though our Executive Committee - all of them are volunteers! For this reason, we are always keen to find new volunteers, so that we can continue to deliver exciting and challenging programmes of activities to young people in and around Wedmore. Whether you are able to commit to coming every week as a Leader, or just able to help out occasionally, please get in touch with one of our Section Leaders, or our Group Scout Leader. Perhaps you have a particular skill or hobby that you think may be of interest to the Beavers, Cubs or Scouts?  Or perhaps you'd like to assist with supporting the group by organising fund raising events?

We'd love to hear from you.

Share your knowledge

You may feel that you have no skills to offer Scouting - but everyone has something to give. If you don't have time in the evenings when the sections meet you could use your work or hobby skills to help out. Helping in this way does not involve any responsibility for the management of the Section. If you can't manage this, there is always need for ad-hoc support on specific occasions; fund- raising events, repairing equipment and so on. On the other hand, you may have special skills, so that you can be a Skills Instructors to provide more specialised support, for climbing, caving, etc - or even become a Leader.

Everyone has something to give

Volunteering in Scouting is fun and rewarding - you will have the chance to learn new skills, rediscover adventure, make new friends, spend more time with your child and give something back to your community.

The main roles in Scouting are:

Occasional Helper

Helping at meetings, more than once a month, on a semi-regular basis. - this is not a formal appointment, so there are no training requirements

Section Assistant

Running games and activities, also helping young people to achieve badges and awards - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing three short introductory training modules

Assistant Section Leader

Helping the Section Leader to organise and run the programme for the section - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing a series of short training modules

Section Leader

Responsible for planning, organising and running the programme for the section - involves becoming a member of the Scout Movement and completing a series of short training modules All adults that come into regular contact with young people are required by law to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS), which helps to prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. This Disclosure Check, which must be renewed at five yearly intervals, includes all Leaders, Assistants and Occasional Helpers; as well as the Group Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. Additionally, the Group encourages all parents who may have contact with young members, especially those attending camps, to be DBS Checked; as this provides greater flexibility when arranging help with activities

The Executive Committee looks after

the Group

Parents with particular expertise that could assist the Executive Committee, for example, simple accountancy knowledge, secretarial skills or fund raising experience, can make an active contribution to the Group by offering their services. The Committee supports the Group Scout Leader and is responsible for the raising of funds and the administration of Group finances, the maintenance of Group property and the insurance of persons, property and equipment. It is a collection of individuals each with their own, and sometimes different views, which is a strength that often leads to even better ideas. Key appointments are the Group Chairman, Treasurer and the Secretary; without which the Group cannot operate. In addition, ideally there should be a parent of at least one member of each of the Sections in the Group on the committee.  All of these members of the Group Executive Committee are the recognised 'Charity Trustees' of the Scout Group. The Group Scout Leader and Section Leaders are ex Officio members. The size of the Committee and frequency of meetings depend very much on the circumstances and day-to-day needs of the Group.
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