Usually for The Scouts at this time of year we’d be spending time outdoors and away on camps or sleepovers. This year is different while we adjust to Scouting in a virtual world.
Over the last couple of months young people from 1st Farnsfield Scout Group have joined other groups nationally pairing up with local care homes to help put a smile on residents faces. The Scouts are running a national initiative to collectively carry out 10,000 acts of kindness to help reduce the loneliness and improve the wellbeing of people in care homes also helping to promote better intergenerational solidarity in a post-pandemic world.
1st Farnsfield has paired up with two local care homes at Edingley Lodge and Loreto Cottage to deliver acts of kindness. Both these care homes provide support to people with physical disability, old age and learning disability which is at the heart of what Scouts find important nationally. During May and June over 100 items of postcards, stories, kindness rocks and pictures were delivered to residents at both homes. The residents certainly enjoyed that connection between their isolation and young people. The group are hoping to continue this relationship post the pandemic too.
The group have still been meeting up weekly during COVID-19 but it is not yet known when Scouts will be allowed to meet in person. Until then Zoom has kindly granted all Scouts in the UK free access to video calls to keep young people together.
Scouting continues to support young people in difficult times so if you think you would like to get involved please visit 1stfarnsfield.org.uk/join