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Scouts target Burnley youth leaders
12:49pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
SCOUTS are looking to host 17 youngsters from Burnley on a youth leaders’ course in a bid to extend their reach into new sections of society.
Troop leaders in Lincolnshire are working with Hargher Clough and Stoops Association as part of the latter’s buddy and junior leaders course.
And the link-up forms part of the Scout Association’s efforts to break free from their middle-class stereotyping and work with young people from more disadvanaged neighbourhoods.
Association leaders are now engaged in a £3,250 fundraising mission to pay for a five-day residential course in Mablethorpe later this year.
County councillor Tony Martin, who represents Burnley Central West division, has already committed £500 from his community grants budget towards the project.
Another £500 is being sought from borough councillors’ ward opportunties fund allocations, £750 is expected from the Thursby Trust and a further £1,000 has been raised through fundraising, donations and fees.
Annette Bailey, the association’s chairman, said in a grant application: “It will help to develop leadership skills in respect of our buddy and junior leader programme, based on activities being built in to promote team-building, problem-solving, activity planning and awareness of equality issues.
“It is also linked to a pilot project we’re involved in with the Scouts Association to pilot new ways of engaging children and young people from deprived communities in scouting.
“The residential course is being held in Lincolnshire because the local Scouts Association there is going to be running some of the activities for us free of charge, because they’re supportive of the overall aims of the project.”
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