Volunteer Manager, Harlesden / Group Scout Leader, 10th Willesden

We prepare young people with skills for life. But who supports the volunteers who make this happen? People like you!

You can inspire, motivate and plan ahead. You'll enjoy working with adults and young people in your local area and seeing the impact of your efforts. You'll be organised, diplomatic and know how to get the best out of people.

10th Willesden is a new Scout Group meeting on a Friday evening at St Matthew's Church Hall, St Mary's Road, Halesden NW10 4AU. The new group part of our expansion plan for Scouting in Brent, having opened four new scout groups in 2018 and seeing a 50% increase in our membership over two years.

Beaver Scouts (6-8 yo) has one volunteer leader and 15 members, and Cub Scouts (8-10½) two leaders and also 15 members.

Nationally The Scout Association has a membership in the UK approaching 600,000 individuals. Almost half a million young people participate in Scouting each week, supported by over 115,000 adult volunteers in numerous roles.

We provide fun, friendship and lifechanging adventure to young people from every background, giving them the chance to experience the outdoors, build their confidence, and to reach their full potential. As the UK’s largest co-educational youth movement, we help boys and girls to develop the skills and values they need to succeed in life.

At local Group level, Scouting is split into three sections: Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-10 ½ years) and Scouts (10 ½-14 years). Groups also have an Executive Committee, comprising a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, who oversee Group decisions.

Scout Groups are supported by our Deputy District Commissioner - Groups, and the wider volunteer team lead by the District Commissioner. We also are supported by a full-time Growth and Development Officer and a part-time Development Assistant.

Volunteer Youth Leader (10½-14 years), Stonebridge / Scout Leader, 10th Willesden

Can you help inspire adventure?

Scouting is all about having fun, making friends, learning new skills and the adventure of trying exciting outdoor activities!

Scouts are boy and girls aged 10 to 14 years old and meet together as a Scout Troop. Each Scout Troop consists of a number of small units of six to eight Scouts called Patrols, usually led by a Patrol Leader. Outdoor activities feature prominently, with the highlight being camping. Throughout the year, Scouts learn various skills, such as map reading, camp cooking and first aid in preparation for camp. There is also a large range of activity badges for the Scouts to gain including, street sports, digital citizen, geocaching, rock climbing, potholing, gliding and photography. There is also lots of opportunities to go on international experiences.

What's involved?

This is an exciting role involves working with a small leadership team to enable the delivery of an exciting programme for the section members, with many outdoor opportunities. You will not only benefit from supporting young people, but also from gaining new skills and developing yourself. All of which apply to your everyday working life.

What are we looking for?

You don't need to know anything about scouting to get involved - but you do need enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved help provide great programmes to the young people in the section.

We provide an induction, lots of ongoing support and training which can result in external recognition with:

These awards are recognised by many external organisations, bodies and employers, making them a great addition to your volunteering experience and your CV.

The benefits of volunteering with Scouting

Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:

Gain skills
We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.

Boost your CV
More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.

Make new friends
A whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.

Change lives
There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?

Flexible volunteering
The only prerequisite to volunteer with us – apart from enthusiasm, of course – is that you're over 18. We know our volunteers lead busy lives, so we’re all about flexibility: whatever the time and skills available we can find a great role for you.

You can choose to volunteer with us once a week, twice a month or once a year – in the thick of activities with young people or behind the scenes in management, executive or support roles.

Volunteer Training Adviser

Do you enjoy meeting and helping people?

Are you passionate about seeing good-quality Scouting?

Could you be the support an adult new to Scouting is looking for?

Training Advisers have a really important role to play in supporting adults from the start of their adult training journey to the awarding of their Wood Badge; offering support and understanding as well as ensuring that standards are maintained.

The role of Training Adviser is enjoyed by many different kinds of people, for many different reasons, these include...

Flexibility 

The Training Adviser role can be as large or small as you like. You can choose how many learners you are able to support; this may be as few as one at a time. This flexibility makes it possible to have other roles in Scouting. There is also flexibility in the time you give; rather than a weekly commitment, you support your learner as and when needed, at a convenient time and place for you both.

Increasingly, adults are wishing to take on a role that offers them flexibility in the way they volunteer.

Training

Training Advisers undertake Module 25, Assessing Learning. This training can be given through a course in one day or over two evenings; alternatively, it is available as a workbook. It provides you with all you need to know and gives you all the skills necessary to take on that role. Training Advisers have found that, once in the role, they continue to learn from one another. The local network of Training Advisers can therefore offer great support.

All of the tools they require are provided fom the start and ongoing support means that they are not alone.

It's good to help

Training Advisers have found that they are in a position to help a young person new to Scouting. They provide the opportunity to talk openly with someone who is often outside their Scout Group or team, about a variety of aspects around Scouting. The Training Adviser, through their role, values what adults are bringing to Scouting, recognises their prior learning and experience, and helps them thrive.

Training Advisers say that they gain a great sense of satisfaction in helping learners through their training.

Friendship

Training Advisers have found that, through their role of supporting, developing and encouraging learners, they gain more friends in Scouting. To someone who is new to the Movement, this friendship can be of great value. Many adults stay in Scouting because of the attachments they form with others.

The friendships Scouting helps foster will always continue to be a major reason why thousands of adults continue to enjoy being involved.

Encouragement

Adults new to Scouting are full of enthusiasm and ideas, and bring a fresh approach. Training Advisers say they are encouraged by the learners's enthusiasm and enjoy having the opportunity to share ideas and experience.

Boost your CV

More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.

Volunteer Archivist

Willesden District Scouts has a rich history of over 100 years and in that time, has had thousands of youth and adult members. We have accumulated a vast number of photographs, booklets, minute books, letters and the odd artefact during this time, and are looking to catalogue everything and pack for long-term curation in the district archive.

No previous volunteering experience will be needed for this role, though you will be methodical, have an enthusiasm for Scouting and keen to work in a team.

You will need to have:
- Excellent attention to detail and confidence working with large amounts of papers
- Basic IT skills
- Ability to deal with confidential information in a professional and discrete manner
- Ability to handle large quantities of historical documents without damaging them
- An interest in the charity sector and Save the Children’s work

Scouting in Willesden is seeing massive growth in popularity with 4 scout groups opening in 2018, and we hope to open at least two more next year. Many of these are groups that we are re-opening decades after they closed. All of these have a history we would like to pass on to the new group's members.

We’d like you to join in, because who knows what we may find!

Volunteer IT Manager

We prepare young people with skills for life, but who looks after all of our IT systems to make this happen? People like you!

Can you manage a Microsoft Office 365 Domain?

We provide fun, friendship and life-changing adventure to young people from every background, giving them the chance to experience the outdoors, build their confidence, and to reach their full potential. As the UK’s largest co-educational youth movement, we help boys and girls to develop the skills and values they need to succeed in life.

Volunteer Manager, Stonebridge / Group Scout Leader, 13th Willesden

We prepare young people with skills for life. But who supports the volunteers who make this happen? People like you!

You can inspire, motivate and plan ahead. You'll enjoy working with adults and young people in your local area and seeing the impact of your efforts. You'll be organised, diplomatic and know how to get the best out of people.

We are looking for a volunteer to lead the opening of a new Scout Group at The Brent Enterprise Hub in Stonebridge. This is part of our expansion plan for Scouting in Brent, having opened four new scout groups in 2018 and seeing a 50% increase in our membership over two years.

Nationally The Scout Association has a membership in the UK approaching 600,000 individuals. Almost half a million young people participate in Scouting each week, supported by over 115,000 adult volunteers in numerous roles.

We provide fun, friendship and lifechanging adventure to young people from every background, giving them the chance to experience the outdoors, build their confidence, and to reach their full potential. As the UK’s largest co-educational youth movement, we help boys and girls to develop the skills and values they need to succeed in life.

At local Group level, Scouting is split into three sections: Beavers (6-8 years), Cubs (8-10 ½ years) and Scouts (10 ½-14 years). Groups also have an Executive Committee, comprising a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary, who oversee Group decisions.

Scout Groups are supported by our Deputy District Commissioner - Groups, and the wider volunteer team lead by the District Commissioner. We also are supported by a full-time Growth and Development Officer and a part-time Development Assistant.

Volunteer Manager (14-18 years) / District Explorer Scout Commissioner

Can you help inspire adventure?

Scouting is all about having fun, making friends, learning new skills and the adventure of trying exciting outdoor activities!

We’re looking for a highly motivated person to lead the Explorer Scout section across Brent. We have two Explorer Scout Units in Willesden with two new units opening in January with over 60 youth members.

Explorer Scouts are young people aged 14 to 18 and are encouraged to lead themselves in deciding the programme and direction of their Explorer Scout Unit, with support and guidance from leaders. The section also includes the Young Leaders’ Scheme, where young people are able to take on a leadership role in one of the younger sections.

There is wider scope for activities like offshore sailing, campaigning, performing, parascending, mountaineering and expeditions.

What's involved?

The District Explorer Scout Commissioner is a key role which has responsibility for ensuring that leaders working with our 14-17 members are supported and managed, and that a quality programme is being delivered to the young people in the section throughout the District. The role is interesting, challenging, exciting and rewarding all at once!

The District Explorer Scout Commissioner is a member of the District Team and is responsible for:

  • managing, developing and supporting Explorer Scouting across the District

  • assisting Explorer Scout Leaders and assistants to complete their leader training commitments

  • supporting the District Explorer Scout Team in providing an annual programme of District events and activities

  • ensuring that Explorer Scout Leaders provide a balanced programme to their Unit members

  • working with the District Executive Committee to ensure that Explorer Scout Units are adequately and appropriately funded

  • maintaining the District Explorer Scout Forum to ensure that Explorer Scouts views feed directly into the management of Explorer Scouting in the District

  • encouraging Explorer Scout Leaders to maintain a good relationship with Group Scout Leaders and Scout Leaders to enable the smooth transition of Scouts to Explorer Scouts

  • working In partnership with the District Explorer Scout Leader responsible for Young Leaders to ensure that the District Young Leaders’ Unit provides all Young Leaders in the District with adequate training and are given full access to the wider District Explorer Scout programme

  • regularly review the provision of Explorer Scouting in the District.

What are we looking for:

You don't need to know anything about scouting to get involved - but you do need enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved help provide great programmes to the young people in the section.

We provide an induction, lots of ongoing support and training which can result in external recognition with:

These awards are recognised by many external organisations, bodies and employers, making them a great addition to your volunteering experience and your CV.

The benefits of volunteering with Scouts

Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:

Gain skills
We have an award-winning training scheme for our volunteers so you get as much from it as our amazing young people, including practical skills like first aid and transferable skills like communication and leadership.

Boost your CV
More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities.

Make new friends
A whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.

Change lives
There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people. How’s that for job satisfaction?

Flexible volunteering
The only prerequisite to volunteer with us – apart from enthusiasm, of course – is that you're over 18. We know our volunteers lead busy lives, so we’re all about flexibility: whatever the time and skills available we can find a great role for you.

You can choose to volunteer with us once a week, twice a month or once a year – in the thick of activities with young people or behind the scenes in management, executive or support roles.

Time commitment:

The time commitment is flexible although there is an expectation that you will be able to attend meetings of the District Executive Committee and District Team and keep in contact with the adults in each Explorer Scout Unit as necessary.

Interested in the role?

Great! We don’t expect you to be an instant expert in everything, over time you will be given the opportunity to gain new skills and ideas through informal support and training opportunities. We will also give you lots of one to one support.

Volunteer Member Communications Manager

We are creating a new Communications Team, and the District Commissioner is currently looking recruit members of this exciting new team.

The team’s collectively responsible for promoting our brand values, delivering positive external communications, publicising scouting’s modern, vibrant appeal, ensure that our communities know that scouting exists and how their children can access it.

This area looks after:

- the way we communicate internally
- our public identity (our brand)
- our district website
- the production of our district magazine
- the provision of promotional support and resources
- external relationships
- promoting scouting across the district to the general public, other organisations and our local community

In your role as Member Communications Manager you will:

- Recruit, manage and build a team that generates written and image-based content
- Create and implement a communications strategy with measurable goals
- Create a rolling plan of local dates, assign team members to support
- Work joined up with other volunteers to reuse content and share resources.
- Publish news that is relevant and timely
- Publish news motivating members (and non-members), embracing the Scout brand
- Create and publish in a format suitable for your audience
- Work joined up with other volunteers to reuse content and share resources


Volunteer Media Development Manager

We are creating a new Communications Team, and the District Commissioner is currently looking recruit members of this exciting new team.

The team’s collectively responsible for promoting our brand values, delivering positive external communications, publicising scouting’s modern, vibrant appeal, ensure that our communities know that scouting exists and how their children can access it.

This area looks after:

- the way we communicate internally
- our public identity (our brand)
- our district website
- the production of our district magazine
- the provision of promotional support and resources
- external relationships
- promoting scouting across the district to the general public, other organisations and our local community

In your role as Media Development Manager you will:

- Seek out good news stories and develop content (images, quotes, video, story)
- Develop contacts and pitch stories to print, online, radio and TV outlets
- Create a plan and monitor media coverage and reviews output
- Work joined up with other volunteers and young people to generate and reuse content and share resources

Volunteer Fundraiser

Are you fizzing with fundraising ideas? Are you equally at home organising a cake sale as a sponsored Digital Detox? Then we need your energy and initiative to help us.

Willesden District Scouts now need a group fundraiser to help support our activities and improve our facilities. Raising extra funds means we can provide a wider range of exciting opportunities to our young people.

With experience of organising fundraising appeals, you won’t be afraid to get stuck in with anything from a car wash to helping a sponsored triathlon go swimmingly!

No specific time commitment is required and the role is flexible enough to fit around you. We’ll provide full support and training, a sociable network, plus it all looks great on your CV.

Scouting offers fun, friendship and life-changing adventure to over 450,000 young people across the UK. But this is only made possible by talented teams of local volunteers like you.

Volunteer Social Media Manager

Always on Facebook? You’re just what we need!

Do you know your Twitter from your Tumblr? Can you manage a digital community? Then we would love to use your skills to provide to manage our social media channels.

Willesden District Scouts now need a Social Media Manager to help promote the Scout brand along with our information, achievements and events. You’ll be just as happy writing a snappy line of copy as monitoring and participating in online conversations.

With experience of a variety of social media channels, good writing and technical skills, you’ll be happy to work on your own initiative to set guidelines. No specific time commitment is required and the role is flexible enough to fit around you. We’ll provide full support and training, a sociable network, plus it all looks great on your CV.

Scouting offers fun, friendship and life-changing adventure to over 450,000 young people across the UK. But this is only made possible by talented teams of local volunteers like you.

Volunteer Quartermaster

Help us get equipped for adventure?

Can’t help coiling a loose rope when you see one? Do you always insist on packing away a tent the right way? Is so, then we need your help!

Willesden District Scouts now need a positive, practical person to be our Group Quartermaster to maintain our equipment and look after our stores. You’ll join a friendly team of adults committed to helping change the lives of young people.

No specific time commitment is required and the role is flexible enough to fit around you. We’ll provide full support and training, a sociable network, plus it all looks good on your CV.

Scouting offers fun, friendship and life-changing adventure to over 450,000 young people across the UK. But this is only made possible by talented teams of local volunteers like you.