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Eric Pickles visits Manchester Scouts

1st October 2013

eric pickles with manchester scoutsSecretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles yesterday visited one of the 31 new Scout groups that have opened in Manchester in the last eight months, supported by Youth United.  

Mr Pickles met a group of 20 Beaver Scout and Cub Scouts, leaders and parents from the newly established 465th  Manchester (Ardwick Group) in East Manchester.   He joined the young people in working on producing planters for an upcoming charity event.

Mr Pickles said, “I’m hugely impressed with the impact that Scouting has had in East Manchester. Thanks to Youth United thousands  of young people across the country are getting the opportunity to develop their interests, get involved in their local community and gain a sense of adventure they can’t get anywhere else."

So far this year, 31 new Scout Groups have been established in Manchester as a result of Youth United's Supporting Inclusion Programme which aims to increase access to structured activities for young people in some of the UK’s most challenging areas.  The programme is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Collectively, Youth United organisations have already opened 94 new groups in Manchester, recruiting 254 volunteers from the area.

Fatima Bukhari, a Cub Scout from Ardwick said: “I’ve really enjoyed being in the Cubs, I’ve already been camping. Even though it was wet and cold but I loved it. I’ve also loved having so many new friends who I don’t go to school with.”

 

Cub Scout Leader, Sadi Bukhari,who has recently volunteered as a leader said:  “Being a volunteer is great, It’s given me so much confidence and a reason to go out and meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. I have been out of the work place for years and volunteering has given me a sense of worth and purpose. Volunteering with the Scouts opens minds.”