Sainsbury's helps scouts' volunteer recruitment drive

Young members of the Scout Association helped out in 400 Sainsbury's stores across the country last week in a bid to encourage adult volunteers to join the movement.

The association joined forces with the supermarket chain and youth volunteering charity v for Scout Community Week, which ended on Tuesday. Scouts helped Sainsbury’s customers with bag packing, litter picking, car washing and locating items on Sainsbury’s shelves.

Scouts talked to Sainsbury’s shoppers and staff about the potential for young adults aged from 16 to 25 to volunteer for the organisation and shook collecting tins. There were no recruitment or fundraising targets for the partnership.

“Volunteering for scouting is really flexible and all young adult volunteers are passionate about what they do,” said Peter Duncan, the Chief Scout and former Blue Peter presenter. “Some help out once a week or fortnight, whereas others just help once a year at summer camp. Volunteering is also a great way to make new friends and pass on vital skills to a new generation of scouts.”

The association already has 100,000 adult volunteers providing services for 400,000 young people in the UK. Globally, volunteers contribute more than 364 million hours per week to scouting.

Sainsbury’s has previously partnered with the Scout Association through its Active Kids scheme. Local groups have redeemed vouchers for 12,000 pieces of outdoor adventure gear.

Rob Crumbie, sponsorship manager of Sainsbury’s Active Kids programme, said: “Scouting is made possible by its volunteers, who provide and manage activities for young people. Recruiting new volunteers is the organisation’s main priority and we’re committed to helping the Scout Association achieve this.”

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