What is Community Impact?
Young people are one of the most powerful and important groups in shaping a better future.
Community Impact projects will help young people to take practical action in the service of others, in order to create positive social change that is of benefit to the wider community, as well as the young person taking part.
A Million Hands
To support the movement we have created A Million Hands where Scouts will partner with national organisations with the expertise to make change on social issues and to deliver initiatives, resources and training to empower over half a million members to take action. Resources will support young people to achieve their Staged Community Impact badge.
Register your interest for A Million Hands.
What are the Issues?
A survey of 3,000 young people supported our Community Impact Group (14-25 year olds who are in charge of our Community Impact work) to chose four social issues for the Movement to focus on. In a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch, ten national charities (short listed from sixty) made a bid to become our national partners.
The results are in and our young people chose:
1. Improving the mental wellbeing and resilience of families, Scout Groups and broader society. This will be supported by Mind
2. Improving the lives of those affected by dementia. This will be supported by Alzheimer’s Society
3. Improving the lives of those affected by disabilities. This will be supported by Leonard Cheshire Disability and Guide Dogs for the Blind
4. Ensuring that everyone, everywhere has access to clean water and toilets. This will be supported by WaterAid
All of these issues will have resources that will help you take action through the adoption, upkeep and use of land and waterways, supported by the Canal & River Trust.
Partners specific to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have been found where the above organisations don’t have UK wide reach.
Take action during the week and celebrate activity you have taken during the year.