We plan to take Scouting to even more communities in areas of deprivation.

Over recent years, Merseyside Scouts has been one of the areas of the UK that has benefitted from working in partnership with our national headquarters and Youth United.

Minister for Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, has announced a new £5 million fund that will be used to increase places in structured youth organisations, to reach vulnerable young people and allow for expansion in deprived areas. An estimated 5,500 spaces will be created in groups such as Scouts and Guides to help reduce waiting lists for these in-demand local organisations.

We're looking forward to continuing to work with our national headquarters and Youth United to develop Skills for Life, through our programme of adventure, amongst even more young people and even more communities across Merseyside.

Here's why:

  • Across divided communities: we create greater social cohesion
    Scouts brings people together. We offer shared experiences and a place to meet those of different backgrounds, promoting mutual understanding and building friendships.
  • In a time of uncertainty: we help prepare young people to be happy, resilient citizens
    Scouts helps young people develop the values, self-belief and belief in others that will help them become confident, active citizens. We offer a place to belong, skills to succeed and are optimistic about the future.
  • When there is a lack of community engagement: we encourage young people to take an active civic participation
    Scouts gives young people opportunities to improve the lives of those around them, taking positive social action in their local, national and international communities.
  • In an age of increased competition: we improve social mobility
    Scouts develops skills for life; the character, practical and employability skills that young people will carry with them into adulthood, helping them to succeed.

Read more:

The Guardian:
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/sep/10/tories-plan-to-enlist-disadvantaged-children-as-guides-and-scouts

Gov.UK:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-invests-5m-to-increase-places-for-disadvantaged-children-in-youth-organisations

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