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Volunteering at Scouts is changing to help us reach more young people

Volunteering is changing to help us reach more young people

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Make wellbeing connections

First suggested by Mind, SAMH, Inspire NI
Get in touch with your local mental health charity to learn and make more change.

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You’ll need

  • Pens or pencils
  • A4 paper
  • Device with access to the internet

Before you begin

  • Remind yourself of everything people have done for their project: how did they identify the need, plan action, and take action?
  • If you have resources people made, or photos and videos of them taking action, bring them to show everyone.
  • Write the Questions to ask on six pieces of paper and display them around your meeting space.
  • What theme did we explore?
  • What did we do?
  • Why did we do it?
  • How did it make you feel? What skills did you develop?
  • How did the project make a difference for people or the environment?
  • What could we do now? How could we achieve the next stage of our badge?


Remember, remember

  1. The person leading the activity should help everyone remember the main details about their project so far. They should use any resources, photos, or videos to help jog people’s memories.
  2. Everyone should move around the room, visiting each of the six pieces of paper. They should think about each question, chat with their friends, then jot down their ideas.

It’s especially important to write down the answers to the final question.

  1. Everyone should share their ideas.

This is a great chance to congratulate everyone again – take a moment to celebrate successes and people’s hard work.

Contact a mental health charity and make connections

Once you’ve contacted your local mental health charity, the details are up to you. You could tell them what you’ve done and share what you’ve learned as well as asking questions and finding out what else people could do to make more change.

Young people could ask questions like

  • Are there any gaps in mental health support in the local area? What are they?
  • Could someone from the organisation come and speak about mental health?
  • How can young people support the work the organisation is doing?
  • Where can young people find information about services and support?
  • What help and support is available for young people?
  • What should young people do if they want some help or support?
  • How can young people support their friends if they think they may be struggling?
Logo containing the words Scouts for SDGs. The O in Scouts is made up of 17 coloured segments, representing the 17 goals.

This activity helps contribute towards some of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Find out more about the SDGs, and how Scouts across the world are getting involved.

Logo with the number 3 and the words good health and wellbeing, with a zig zag line and a heart underneath.

Reflection activity was all about improving wellbeing and helping the local community. What did people find out about their local mental health service? Who does it help and what does it do? Why is it important to have services? How could people support their local service?


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Phones and cameras

Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.

Road safety

Manage groups carefully when near or on roads. Consider adult supervision and additional equipment (such as lights and high visibility clothing) in your risk assessment.

Depending on your group, it may be useful to have an adult at each sheet of paper to help people write down their ideas. 

The person leading the activity could arrange the contact if people aren’t ready to give it a go.

People can record their thoughts on the big sheets of paper in whatever way works for them, including drawing and writing ideas down.

If people don’t want to speak up, that’s OK. If they have a question they’d like to ask, a friend could read it out for them.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.

You could ask if the service or organisation has any volunteering opportunities that people could help with.

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