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Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better, and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too. We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.

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We’re partnering with charities to change the world

Our young people are the optimists, the change-makers and the make-it-happen-ers. We want to help them to make that positive impact on the issues that matter to them, which is why we launched A Million Hands – our social action programme to give half a million young people the support they need to make a difference in their communities. In the four years since we launched A Million Hands, over 135,000 Community Impact badges have been ordered (as of June 2019) representing over 960,000 hours of action. That’s almost a million hours spent helping people.

A Million Hands works by linking Scouts with various charities to look at themes, or topics affecting society, and to work out how we can make a positive difference in them. The previous themes were clean water and sanitation with WaterAid, dementia with Alzheimer’s Society, emotional wellbeing with Mind, disability with Leonard Cheshire and Guide Dogs, and assisting with all of these themes was the Canal & River Trust.

Our young people have now chosen to work on six new themes, which are:

  • protecting our environment (with WWF),
  • fostering kindness in every community (with the British Red Cross),
  • ending homelessness (with Crisis and the Simon Community),
  • supporting refugees and displaced children (with Save the Children),
  • understanding disability (with the National Autistic Society), and
  • achieving better mental health for all (with Mind, SAMH and Inspire).

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