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13/11/2019 By Matt Jones

Why Volunteering with The Scouts is empathy in action. 

Volunteering makes you happier and more empathetic.

The Scots said that empathy helps us to relate to others, work in teams and is the cornerstone of a healthy society. Empathy doenst only keep us connected to one another but also inspires us to help others.

9 in 10 British adults believe The Scouts develop empathy.*

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said "The Scouts helps young people and adult volunteers become happier and healthier and I would recommend volunteering with The Scouts to anyone! If you're interested email us at join@birkenheadscouts.org.uk to see how you can get involved."

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Chief Scout becomes Chief Ambassador
16/11/2018 By Matt Jones

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, becomes Chief Ambassador for World Scouting. 

Bear Grylls is taking on an additional role to his current role of Cheif Scout for The Scouts in the UK and is now also Chief Ambassador for World Scouting.

In his new role he will be trying to take #SkillsForLife and Scouting to Young People and Adults across the World! 

Read more about his new role and what Bear has to say here. 

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Pilot for 4 and 5 year olds
14/11/2018 By Matt Jones

The Scouts are to 'Pilot' a new section for 4 and 5 year olds to enable young people to start developing #SkillsForLife earlier!

The Scouts said today that a key component of their #SkillsForLife plan was to explore how The Scouts can work with younger children in society to enable them to develop key #SkillsForLife even earlier than 6! 

The Department for Education has now agreed to fund 20 pilot projects in England to enable us to test different models for 4 and 5 year olds and see what works best!

The Scouts want to hear from interested groups who would be willing to be part of the pilot project; particualrly those in more deprived areas of England. If you would be interested you can place an expression of interest by clicking here. 

The Scouts have said that in the future they will send updates to all leaders as to whether the trials have been successful and if there will be a wider roll-out of the youngest section - there is no name for this section as yet and names will be trialed as part of the pilot schemes.

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, added, "this is great news for all our members, by potentially allowing 4 and 5 year olds into local Scouting this will enable us to teach more key #SkillsForLife to more young people, it will allow us to grow and develop and will enable us to have a greater impact on our local communities. It will be great to hear about the impact these pilot projects have and I am incredibly excited to see if they are successful."

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Trustees Thank You
13/11/2018 By Matt Jones

We'd like to say Thank You to all the Trustees who help us deliver #SkillsForLife across Birkenhead. 


This week is Trustees Week and want to highlight the work of our amazing Trustees who make some difficult decisions to support Souting in Birkenhead. We work in 15 different communities and deliver Scouting and #SkillsForLife to over 500 Young People! 

Our Chairty Trustees are known as Executive Committee Members and every Scout Group has one, as does Birkenhead Scouts! Our Executive Committee are the same as Boards of Directors, School Governors etc. and they essentially support our amazing Leadership and Support teams to ensure our charitable activites are governed appropriately and making sure we provide the very best #SkillsForLife to all our young people and adult volunteers. 

Matt Jones, District Commissioner, said "I'd like to personally thank all the Trustees across Birkenhead who help support our Group Managers and Leaders making sure we provide exceptional #SkillsForLife to 500+ Young People right here in Birkenehad". 


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A new YouGov poll[1] has found that the majority of British adults (51%) who expressed a view believe there is less empathy in UK society now than just 12 months ago. The startling statistic is in line with global trends, the growth of social media and what’s been dubbed ‘generation me’.

We find this emerging crisis of empathy unacceptable – it is damaging society and reducing the life chances of young people – and Chief Scout Bear Grylls has called for urgent action to provide more opportunities for young people to develop this essential skill. However, a huge 92% of the public who expressed a view agree that Scouts do this effectively, stating that they believe we are helping young people develop this critical skill for life through volunteering and community projects.

The new YouGov[2] research that uncovered the size of the UK’s crisis of empathy polled over 2,000 British adults. Our Chief Scout has called urgently for more volunteers to help young people develop this crucial skill and to prevent the crisis deepening.

Bear Grylls said: 

‘Today, in a world that sometimes feels fractured and insular, empathy and kindness are more important than ever. That’s why it’s important that we do something about this challenge. If the trend continues, we risk more division in our communities and increased alienation among young people. New research has shown that more than half of British adults say there is less empathy in UK society today than a year ago. When society is polarised, we need to work twice as hard to understand each other and find ways of working together. I believe young people have a right to develop key skills such as empathy and kindness and we urgently need more adult volunteers to help us do this.’ 

There is growing awareness of just how vital empathy is both socially and professionally. The 92% of British adults who said they believe that the Scouts help young people to develop this skill said we do so through our volunteering and community projects.[3] One such example is how we give the UK’s 460,000 Scouts the opportunity to develop their powers of empathy while working towards their Community Impact Badge, mixing with people from different backgrounds. As a result, there are now over 22,000 Scout Dementia Friends across the UK. The role involves the Scouts learning about dementia, partnering with people affected and giving their time and energy to help their local community become more dementia friendly. 

We pride ourselves in building empathy to cross boundaries within communities, and help young people develop skills to succeed in life. We deeply value this particular skill and hope others will back our call to improve levels of empathy in society.


[1] All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2087 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 13th - 14th September 2018.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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