Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Scouts plan new-look Bob-a-Job week

Chief Scout Bear Grylls is backing youngsters as Bob-a-Job week returns

After a 20-year break, Bob-a-Job week is back - only this time it's all about volunteering.

The first Scout Community Week will be held in May next year, with youngsters throughout the UK helping out in their local areas.

The week is replacing Scout Job Week, affectionately known as Bob-a-Job week, which saw scouts carry out jobs such as gardening and car cleaning in return for a small payment. It was abandoned in 1992.

A new survey by consultants PACEC conducted to mark the launch of Scout Community Week, which will run between May 14-20 next year, reveals that more than a third (36%) of former youth scout members volunteer for two hours a week, compared to 26% of the general population.

And two in five voluntary groups (40%) said they would not have been able to get the same amount of work done without the help of scouts.

Some scout groups will return to projects next May, while others will be picking new ones.

Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, said: "Volunteering is at the very heart of scouting.

"All scouts promise to help other people and there is no better way of showing this than getting involved in your community.

"I hope that as many scout groups as possible will get inspired in this celebration of their own community next May.

"My own scouting visits around the UK always remind me that if you want something done then ask a busy person! This country is full of many people who give of their spare time to make a difference and I am proud to be amongst their numbers. Together we can influence positive change."

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