9th January 2017
Sutton-In-Ashfield is an ex-coal mining and textiles town in Nottinghamshire. Young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) are a particular issue the Scouts recognised in the community and decided to address in partnership with local charity The Inspire and Achieve Foundation.
Together, the Scouts and young people took part in a day filled with fun activities, so that they could learn from each other’s experiences. They combined adventurous activities like abseiling and zip wire, designed to develop confidence, with team building and socialising exercises, including cooking lunch in teams. The event was such as success, that the Scout District Commissioner for Nottinghamshire promised funding for a similar exercise next year.
The intended outcome of the project was to encourage those young people, age up to 25, who had been involved with the Inspire and Achieve Foundation to continue doing so and seek to progress and more fundamentally, to encourage people, who were classified by the government as ‘hard to reach’, to gain self-confidence and soft skills through their interaction with the Explorer Scouts.