Our Volunteering Culture guides and reminds us of our goal, both as a movement and as a volunteer team: to help more young people gain Skills for Life.
If we do get things wrong (we are human, after all), Our Volunteering Culture helps us to better reflect on what’s happened, learn from it, and to continue to improve, both individually and as a team.
Our Volunteering Culture is not something ‘extra’ to do. It’s at the heart of everything we do and it’s there to help us all.
Building on the foundations laid in our Values, the behaviours in Our Volunteering Culture are more detailed in terms of what we expect from one another in Scouts. Each behaviour, described in Our Volunteering Culture, can be linked to one, or more, of the Values of Scouting.
Our Values describe Scouting at its best, while Our Volunteering Culture is how we make our best a daily reality.
We want Our Volunteering Culture to be something we're all proud of. It's there to help our new volunteers thrive from the moment they join, giving them clear expectations and a shared understanding of what it really means to be a volunteer in Scouts.
When we created Our Volunteering Culture, we based it on the real life-experience of our volunteers. Our testing hub generated helpful feedback and comments from our volunteers throughout the UK. Volunteers led and shaped the work, supported by our staff.