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Scouts say a big ‘Thank You’ to volunteers

by | June 6 2022 | Latest News | 0 comments

Sunday 5 June was ‘Thank You Day’ and as part of Volunteers Week we’d like to say a big thank you to the 400 Scout volunteers on the Isle of Wight for giving young people across the Island a brighter future and helping them gain skills for life. 

Ali Burt, the lead volunteer co-ordinator for Scout volunteers across the Isle of Wight says:  

“Our 400 volunteers are always active in the heart of the community across the Island. They are behind many of the services we all rely on. And they support the provision of weekly activities for 1,000 young people across the Island.  We want to say a big thank you to everyone who supports Scouting across the Island. 

“The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering.  Recently we have published our ‘Roll of Honour’ recognising exceptional and long service by volunteer adults, awarded during 2021. The list of recipients represents over 1,500 years of voluntary service and we were able to recognise the services of more of our volunteers at our Annual General Meeting in May 2022.” 

Recent awards made on 4 May 2022 included: 

  • Mary Kershaw, Group Scout Leader, 1st Godshill and Rookley Scout Group – Silver Acorn 
  • Anthony Roberts, retiring County Chair and former County Commissioner, now Vice-President – Award of Merit 
  • Mary McAlister, County Administrator – Silver Acorn 
  • Graham Salter, Chair Finance Committee – Bar to Silver Acorn 
  • John Earley, County Administrator – 20 Years’ Service and Bar to Award of Merit 
  • Connor Jones, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader and retiring County Youth Commissioner – Chief Scouts Commendation 
  • Rob Scott, Chair, 1st Northwood Scout Group – Chief Scouts Commendation 

The Isle of Wight Scouts ‘Roll of Honour’ for 2021 can be downloaded from https://www.isleofwightscouts.org.uk/2022/05/23/isle-of-wight-scouts-recognise-exceptional-and-long-service/  

We need more adults to help us, not just as unformed leaders, but also as Trustees, supporters, and helpers. You can find out more about the roles available at www.scouts.org.uk/volunteer/volunteering-with-scouts or on the Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre at https://iwvolunteer.org/ 

Messages of thanks to Scout volunteers from well-known personalities can be found on The Scouts Facebook page at https://fb.watch/dm_fGCh0jE/