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How you feel about Scouting

Feedback from the members’ survey is now available...

And the results are in...

An online and printed survey was released in July 2014 and all members were asked to take part. The survey explored members’ attitudes to Scouting and how you feel about certain aspects of your volunteering. One of the key purposes of the survey was to track how empowered, valued and proud volunteers feel as we work towards our 2018 Vision.

The survey closed on 8 September 2014 and the feedback has now been collated.

Key findings

More than 5,300 volunteers filled out the survey and feedback from the survey suggests that key areas of the Vision resonate with members. When asked to pick the top three priorities for the focus of HQ work, a key element of our inclusivity aims was highlighted: 27% of respondents listed ‘Helping grow Scouting across the UK in deprived areas’ as a top priority.

97% of our volunteers also feel that they make an impact on the lives of young people and 95% are proud to tell people that they volunteer for the Scouts. Both of these figures are higher than last year.

Strength to strength

While our volunteers feel proud (94%), the results showing how valued (65%) and empowered (73%) they feel are lower this year, which means there is room for improvement across the UK. However, the feedback was generally positive and reveals that there is a strong sense of the benefits volunteers get from Scouting – new skills, sense of team and achieving new goals.

91% would recommend volunteering with Scouting to family and friends – an increase of 4% on last year’s results.

UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt comments: ‘I’m delighted that the second of our annual surveys confirms that we continue to grow from strength to strength, particularly how happy we are to recommend volunteering with Scouting to family and friends – always a good sign. Of course, it highlights areas we need to improve on too, especially making everybody feel more valued and empowered in our Scouting. On adult training, we recognised the inconsistencies and challenges a little while ago and have embarked on a wholesale review of how we support and deliver volunteer training across the UK.’

Check out the full summary of the results.

View a map of how proud members are across the UK

View a map of how valued members feel across the UK

View a map of how empowered members feel across the UK

Note: any County/Area/Region coloured mauve on the map had a response rate too low to provide anonymous results.



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