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Being flexible

Adopting a flexible attitude towards volunteering can provide lots of opportunities for new adults to get involved in your scout group. More adults available to volunteer will naturally result in fewer demands on everyone and spreads the workload which, is a winning formula all round.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to volunteering and most of our roles can be tailored around an individual time commitments, motivations and skills.

Some adults may only be available to give limited or irregular time. For these people, there are several options available. They could role share with another volunteer with limited time, become an Occasional Helper (if they help out less than once every 31 days), or a Section Assistant (if they volunteer more than once every 31 days), or join your Group Scout Active Support Unit, depending on the type of activity or tasks they would like to be Involved in.

Role sharing

Some adults may not be able to commit to all the requirements of a role and may wish to role share. Sharing roles makes scouting more accessible to adults and often can produce better results, with more people inputting into the leadership team. If role sharing occurs it is important to clearly establish who is responsible for each aspect of the role to avoid confusion or anything being missed. Two volunteers jointly taking on a Section Leader role and attending on alternate weeks is a good example of role sharing in practice.

Tasks not roles

Another great way to offer flexible volunteering is to ask someone to take on a task rather than a role. It is sometimes the case that when someone is asked to be ‘Group Secretary’ (for example), they are mindful of the possible list of tasks and areas of responsibility this could come with. Instead think about asking them to take the minutes at the Group Executive Committee meetings. Often, in time, they will then be happy to take on additional tasks or responsibilities as and when they crop up.Scout Active Support

Scout Active Support

Scout Active Support allows adults to give their time to scouting in a flexible way that suits them It provides a resource for your scout group, who can use it in whatever way you require. You can set up a Group Scout Active Support Unit to support scouting in any way your group sees fit (don’t forget to make sure the unit is set up under your group structure in Compass).

In short, always be as flexible as possible, without jeopardising the usefulness of the role in the team. If a potential volunteer rejects the position you offer, do not be discouraged; perhaps offer them an alternative role or ask them to contact you when they think they might be able to help.