Volunteers wanted for award scheme

An appeal for volunteers has been made by a Scout leader to help guide youngsters through a prestigious award scheme, following a flood of interest in the programme.

Ninette Gray, who is Group Scout Master of 1st Whittingham BP Scout Group, is looking for helpers to support enthusiastic people through the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) Award.

It comes after a huge amount of interest from teenagers at Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School about taking part in the programme.

She is looking for volunteers to help at her own Scout group, which meets in the village on Thursdays from 8pm to 9.30pm, as well as starting a new Duke of Edinburgh group at the High School, which would meet on Tuesdays from 4pm to 5.30pm.

She said: “I recently went to the school to talk to students interested in doing their DofE with 1st Whittingham BP Scout Group, and we had interest from an incredible 50 students. Some of them have joined our group in Whittingham, so we now have eighteen 14-to-17 year olds. With so many new members, I really need more help to manage the DofE and Scouting programme in our group in the village.

“There is also clearly a real need for a new group in Alnwick. Staff at the school have been supportive and it would be good to get the group off the ground as an after-school club run by 1st Whittingham BP Scout Group as our second Senior Scout troop. I just need the adult volunteers.”

Volunteers would need to enjoy working with teenagers, have a keen interest in the outdoors and willing to undergo a DBS check, as well as take out a Scout-leader warrant.