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Occasional Helpers and Section Assistants

Who are Occasional Helpers?

Occasional Helpers are adult volunteers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland who are required to complete a Disclosure Check (DBS/Access Northern Ireland Check) but who are not taking on a formal appointment; you can view the role description for an occasional helper here.

For information on who is required to complete a disclosure check see here

How are they different from Section Assistants?

The role of Section Assistant is a formal appointment in The Scout Association. Section Assistants are adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders in delivering the programme to young people in Scouting. They may support one section, or different sections within a Group depending on where their help is needed.

What's the difference?

Section Assistants are required to be Full or Associate Members of The Scout Association and so receive a number of benefits which are not available to Occasional Helpers, including:

Section Leaders should ensure parents and occasional helpers who are involved more than once a month are aware of the appointment opportunities available to them.The role description for a Section Assistant can be viewed here.

More information on the differences between Occasional Helpers and Section Assistants can be found here

Need more information?

For more information and frequently asked questions about the Occasional Helper and Section Assistant roles see here

Role descriptions

View the range of group based role descriptions from the menu on the left.


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