Investment project code: 78
Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): We are based in our Scout Hall situated on Erskine Ferry Road, Old Kilpatrick. We currently have 82 members. Our Scout Group meets regularly throughout the year through formal meetings held in the hall. The Group is split by age range into various smaller groups such as the Cubs, Beavers, Scouts etc. In the past the Scouts were a male organisation but that has changed and now our Group has both male and female members. The weekly meetings are structured to allow time for play and learning new skills through the delivery of organised and approved badge work. In addition, we organise and deliver regular outings to the countryside for camping, hiking, hill and mountain climbing as well as canoeing.
What will you use the money for?: We recently built a new ramp and entranceway to improve access and then raised funds to build a storage area adjoining the hall as well as putting a new roof over the existing toilet block. That was the first part of our longer-term project aim to refurbish the halls, kitchen and toilet areas so as to make them fully fit for purpose. The money applied for would be used for two aims. The first is to help us realise the redesign, refurbishment and modernisation of the old building. To do this we must start by hiring an architect and structural engineer. By doing so we can be fully engaged with them about the possibilities and be guided by them to secure approved plans and drawings in keeping with building and planning regulations. The second part of our project is to assemble new storage units and add two lockable steel cupboards for the storage of flammables, cleaning materials and important documents within the newly built storage area. This will allow us to move the camping and canoeing equipment plus flammable materials and important documents etc. to a more bespoke area which allows easier and safer access to these. It will of course also free up space in the old building.
Who will benefit from this money?: There will be an immediate benefit to the 82 Scout members and their families who are fully engaged with the many Scout activities and trips that we organise and deliver. By initiating this process of renewal and refurbishment all of the existing Scout Group and their families will benefit but, importantly, future generations of Scouts will also be beneficiaries. In addition, local community groups will also benefit. For example, we engage annually with the local Care Home providing an evening of entertainment at Christmas and have also provided our halls to Action Old Kilpatrick for occasional fundraising events.
Proposed on behalf of: 1st Glen Lusset Scout Group - £5000