Be prepared to help the Scouts

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BUDDING volunteers in Wigan are being encouraged to follow the example of royalty and give a few hours a week to help the Scouting movement.

The organisation, which offers young people the chance to get involved in a huge range of activities including outdoor skills and community work, received a boost after the Duchess of Cambridge joined as an adult volunteer.

The recruitment of the duchess has coincided with a spike in the organisation’s popularity, with 62 adult volunteers joining since she signed up and the number of teenagers in the movement doubling over the past decade.

There are currently 5,466 people in the Greater Manchester West section of the movement, which includes Wigan, but more adult leaders urgently need to be found to enable all the young people who would like to become scouts to have a group to join.

Bent and Bongs Explorers volunteer Sarah Bellis said: “I didn’t think I’d have the time to volunteer, but the Scouts make it really easy to volunteer around my other commitments, and they let me give as much or as little time as I’m able.

“If someone as busy as the Duchess can find time to volunteer, anyone can. I just wish I’d got involved sooner.”

To find out more, contact Sarah by emailing mdm@gmwscouts.org.uk or ringing 07846 856930.