Playing our part at the heart of the community has always been core to what we do as Scouts.
Why does engaging with your community matter?
Playing our part at the heart of the community has always been core to what we do as Scouts. You may be looking for funding, a space to meet, want to recruit new adults and young people, or need some external input to your programme, connecting with other local community groups is a great place to start.
Identifying and mapping your community
Understanding your current situation is the first step. You could consider these as two topics; population and geography. Ask yourself some questions:
- Does your group reflect your local community?
- Is there a good mix of people from different backgrounds?
- How many young people live nearby?
- Who does your group matter most to? This will help you to identify your stakeholders.
Communities big and small will have a wide range of organisations operating within them. Why don’t you create a map or write a list? Consider the locations of the following:
- Education – schools, colleges, universities
- Business – local independents and big national chains
- Charities – don't forget other Scout Groups and youth organisations
- Faith groups
- Local government and service providers.
If you are unsure where to start, take a look at our hints and tips: