Volunteer with us
Volunteering. It’s good for you!
Our volunteers help young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. We rely on people like you playing their part to give young people the opportunities they need.
But volunteering’s not just about giving something back. It’s also about doing something that’s good for you.
Volunteering gives you career-boosting skills, improves your wellbeing, and helps you make connections with friends, family and your local community.
Volunteering with us you can:
- Try something new
- Make friends
- Gain experience volunteering with young people
- Do something good for your community and you
- Keep active and stay happy – whether that’s by scaling mountains, sharing skills or serving tea
In Whitley Bay & District we have a number of vacancies – volunteering with young people and supporting behind the scenes – that will help more young people join scouting.
Volunteering with young people
Many of our volunteers work with our young people aged 6-18 through our Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer groups, known as sections – helping young people gain skills for life through activities and adventures.
In this role you may:
- Welcome young people and families to sessions and events
- Make sure everyone’s safe, supported, included and having fun
- Help to plan and lead activities
- Get involved with days out, camps and expeditions
- Share and learn skills – from coding to cake decorating to canoeing
- Celebrate young people’s achievements big and small
No previous experience with young people? No problem. Whether you’d like to help out week-after-week or whenever-you-can, we provide training, learning opportunities and cups of tea – every step of the way.
Supporting behind the scenes
We’re also looking for people to help behind the scenes.
This could involve supporting a group with admin, fundraising or becoming a trustee.
Get in touch to find out more.
If you have a specialist skill, for example you’re an instructor in an adventurous activity and would be willing to volunteer your time we’re keen to hear from you.
Current vacancies in Whitley Bay and District Scouts
Ever needed an extra pair of hands? Well, so do we!
Want the chance to go canoeing, climbing, or camping? Then why not come and have a go and lend us your hands.
We have a number of groups who need support in running their sessions whether that’s canoeing or a games night.
All you need is enthusiasm, empathy and a good sense of humour. Everything else we can teach you.
Sounds interesting? Get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like the chance to go camping, climbing, potholing, lead community projects while helping prepare young people with skills for life? As a section leader you will do all of this and more, using your skills and learning new ones.
As a section leader with one of our groups, you’ll plan and deliver a safe and exciting programme for young people. You’ll use your energy and creativity to help young people have fun, develop their potential and earn a wide range of badges and awards.
Of course you won’t have to do this alone – a team of supporters, parents and the young people themselves will help you plan and deliver the programme. But it’s your enthusiasm and sense of fun and adventure that will inspire them.
If you’re interested, contact us at email@example.com
Adventurous Activity Instructor
All adventurous activities carry a degree of risk, but that risk is minimised through proper supervision. Many Scouting adventures must be led by trained permit holders.
If you are skilled in archery, caving, climbing, hill walking, power boating, shooting, snow-sports, water activities or other adventurous activities you will be well-aware of the excitement involved.
If you would like to pass this excitement on to young people, boost their confidence and change their lives, we’d love to know.
Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
More comfortable behind the scenes? Believe it or not, you don’t have to work with children to be a volunteer for Scouting.
We need people to help with the planning, administration and maintenance that goes on behind the scenes. Things like helping out on occasional trips and outings, administrative tasks like taking minutes or keeping records, or helping us to maintain our properties. They’re all vital jobs and help to make sure our adults leaders have more time to spend at what they do best – working with young people.
Whether you can give a few hours a month, or a day a year, we’d love to hear from you.
Get in touch at email@example.com
(Group Scout Leader)
We prepare young people with skills for life. But who supports the volunteers who make this happen. People like you.
We’re only able to help young people step up, play their part and gain great skills when our groups are well managed and run.
You can inspire, motivate and plan ahead. You’ll enjoy working with adults and young people and seeing the impact of your efforts.
You’ll be organised, diplomatic and know how to get the best out of people.
We’re not going to pretend this is easy. This is a big role. With big rewards.
And because you believe in the power of Scouting to help more young people, you’ll know it’s all worthwhile.
Sound like you? Great, let’s talk.
Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org
Executive Committee Members
We’re looking for individuals to join our Group Executive Committees.
Every Scout Group requires trustees, which form the Group Executive Committee. This committee oversees the administration of the Group.
As well as a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, each Executive welcomes people with specific skills, and representatives of Beaver, Cub and Scout parents.
Most Group Executives meet three or four times a year, but effective members will volunteer for tasks in between the meetings, to support the smooth running of the Scout Group.
Are you a natural organiser? Do you know what’s happening, not just next week, but next month and year too?
If this sounds like you, then we’d love you to consider supporting us as a Group Secretary.
A great communicator, team player and problem solver, you’ll be as good a listener as you are at taking accurate minutes and reminding us of our rules.
As one of our trustees, you’ll be responsible, supportive and have our best interest at heart at all times.
In return you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re helping us prepare so many more young people for the future.
Scouting relies on strong leadership. So if you can motivate others, keep a cool head and balance a variety of views then you could be an ideal chairperson for one of our groups.
With experience of steering meetings to produce excellent decisions, you’ll be equally willing to speak your mind as encouraging others to express their views.
Able to work as part of a team, you’ll also contribute the direction and development of the group.
No previous experience of Scouting is necessary. What’s more important is your own skills and experience as well as empathy with our mission and values.
We’ll provide all appropriate training and ongoing support.