Volunteers needed to help Scouts

A YOUTH association which supports young people’s physical, mental and spiritual development is urging volunteers to come forward to play a constructive role in the community.

Matlock area Scout group’s are in urgent need of leaders and helpers to ensure the organisation builds on its successes, following an upsurge in Scouting membership in our area.

Last year the Scouting movement celebrated its 100th year in the Dales – and the area has seen a 45 per cent boom in membership in the last four years.

While remaining true to its traditional ideals of adventure, respect and hard work, it has evolved hugely from its humble beginnings and is still going from strength to strength.

New Cubs, Scouts and Beavers groups were formed in Wirksworth two years ago following a ten year break in the town. The response was overwhelming and the group’s are now full but help is needed to keep the sessions running regularly.

Cubs leader Louise Fretter said: “As a new group we are always on the lookout for volunteers in all areas – from helping with the sessions regularly or occasionally, to help on the committee or just help with fund raising.

“We would urge anybody that is interested and has got a bit of spare time to come forward.”

Louise, of Middleton, who got involved with the movement when it started up in Wirksworth, has three children and two are members of the organisation. She added: “It is a pleasure to see children develop and get the opportunity to do things they would not normally get to.

“There is such a broad range of activities on offer it is a really good grounding in everything and it helps with team building.”

The group is also in need of volunteers to raise money to revamp the town’s run-down Scouting headquarters, in Cemetery Lane, which stood empty for almost ten years before the group was formed.

The building is undergoing a major renovation project and a new kitchen is being fitted but money is needed to ensure the work continues.

Lucy Madle, of Middleton, is a member of the Wirksworth organisation’s committee.

She said committee members met once a month to discuss ideas and plans for the future.

She added: “We need people to come up with and organise new fundraising ideas, such as running tea stalls at events. We also need leaders for the Cubs and Scouts but they don’t need to commit to coming every week, if people just want to help out on certain occasions they can do that.”

Dales Scout Groups are based in Ashbourne, Brailsford, Hulland Ward, Biggin, Hartington, Wirksworth, Crich, Matlock, Darley Dale, Lea and Holloway.

For more information about getting involved with Wirksworth Scouts contact leader Richard Walker on 01629 826402 or email walkerfurniture@tiscali.co.uk