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Beavers Scout group at North Walsham could close without new helpers

10:16 22 October 2012

1st North Walsham Beavers are looking for more volunteers to help run their Tuesday group. The Saturday Beavers pictured with volunteer assistant Beaver leaders, left to right, Alison Smith and Rosie Burrell.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

1st North Walsham Beavers are looking for more volunteers to help run their Tuesday group. The Saturday Beavers pictured with volunteer assistant Beaver leaders, left to right, Alison Smith and Rosie Burrell. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

A weekly Beavers club could be forced to close permanently unless more volunteers come forward to help run it.

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The North Walsham group, which met on Tuesdays until recently, has been temporarily suspended because of a shortage of adults to run it safely.

The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts groups in the town have more than 100 members in total and there is a currently a waiting list of up to 60 children across all of the groups.

Beavers are aged from six to eight and are the youngest section in the scouting family.

Group Scout leader Mike Tatt said: “We badly need more adult helpers. If we don’t get any, we can’t take in young children and that has a knock on effect for all of the older groups.

“Peoples’ time is valuable and it is a lot to commit to one night every week. If we get enough volunteers on the rota we could organise it so people only had to give up one night each month.”

Currently a Beavers group meets on Saturday mornings in the North Walsham Scout hut in Midland Road. There are also Cubs meetings on Wednesday and Friday and Scouts on Tuesday and Thursday. A popular Monday night Cubs group in North Walsham was shut down in February as a result of illness.

Mr Tatt said: “I was a Scout many years ago and it give you a sense of pride. They learn a lot of good values with us and we teach them good morals and how to treat other people.

“It will be a great loss to North Walsham if we can’t run as many groups. At the moment the waiting list is just getting longer and longer. If we can’t take them in, children will have to go further afield if they want to take part.”

Volunteers can train to be leaders or assistant leaders and will be supported by other adult volunteers to take a group of around 24 children. They will need to pass a CRB check and undergo a training programme.

Mr Tatt said: “It can be challenging but it is also very rewarding. It is something you can show on your CV. You also get experience and training in things like working with children, management skills, organising events and first aid.”

Anyone who would like to volunteer can contact Mr Tatt on 07747 637679.

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