How can you help?

New research has shown that volunteering has a hugely positive impact on the lives of those who volunteer in the charity sector, but their efforts are not always supported by employers.

According to the research, the majority of volunteers reported having improved life satisfaction (70%) and self-esteem (66%) since beginning volunteer work, as well as having reduced feelings of loneliness (42%) and stress (33%).

Nearly two thirds (65%) also said that since beginning volunteer work they have developed useful employability skills; with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.


Executive Committee members come from all walks of life. Most people can become one, but there are some who are not eligible. This includes: Under 18s Undischarged bankrupts, Disqualified company directors.

On average, Executive Committee members attend four to six meetings a year. The exact amount of time required will depend on the needs of local Scouting. Generally, dates of meetings will be agreed at the start of the year with all Executive Committee members, giving you the flexibility to say when you are available

Essentially an occasional helper, which requires a personal enquiry and criminal records check is someone who will be:

  • assisting in overnight activities and/or
  • may be helping out once a week (or on four occasions in a thirty day period) or more frequently and/or
  • will have unsupervised access to young people.

Occasional Helpers are not entitled to membership status or benefits (including certain member insurances) and the recording on Compass is only provided to enable the Personal Enquiry and criminal records disclosure checks to be conducted.

An Assistant section leader supports the operation of the Section. In particular, the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Someof the tasks for which the Assistant SectionLeader is responsible maybe delegated to others in the Section, includingother Section Leaders,Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants.

The operation of the section (a Colony, a Pack, a Troop or a Unit must be overseen by a Leader, or team of Leaders.

A Section Leader team comprises of all:

  • Section Leaders
  • Assistant Section Leaders
  • Section Assistants and
  • Explorer Scout Young Leaders

Working with this wider Section Leadership team, the Section Leader(s) have responsibility for the planning of the programme and the management of the section.