Scouts prepared to help community

Chief Scout Bear Grylls
Chief Scout Bear Grylls

SCOUTS from across the borough are preparing to roll up their sleeves to help their local communities and charities this week.

Members of the Scouting movement from Wigan will join thousands of their fellow youngsters across the country to volunteer to help others during Scout Community Week.

Scouts in the 3rd Hindley troop will be going green for their volunteering, giving up their time to help improve habitats for wildlife at local beauty spot Borsdane Woods.

The young people will take part in outdoor activities including litter picking, chopping and sawing wood, and removing waste products from the woodlands, in a project organised with the Friends of Borsdane Woods.

Alan Bennett, a volunteer from Hindley, said: “Scout Community Week is a great opportunity for my group to help out and have fun at the same time.

“I know they’re really excited about getting involved and making a difference, and I’m looking forward to picking up some new skills myself.”

The community week has been given an extra boost this year with support from DIY giant B&Q, which is donating materials such as plants, paint and tools and running skills demonstrations in its stores.

The Scouting movement has an excellent track record at getting people into volunteering, with 36 per cent of former youth scout member giving up two hours of their time each week compared to 26 per cent of the general population, according to research.

The volunteering drive has also received a celebrity endorsement from UK Chief Scout and TV adventurer Bear Grylls.

He said: “I am so proud that thousands of Scouts across the UK will be involved. Volunteering is at the heart of Scouting.”