Recruitment and Retention Volunteer

Scouts - Axe District

Name: Recruitment and Retention Volunteer
Organisation: Scouts - Axe District
Location: C/O Volunteer Centre - Weston Court, Oldmixon Crescent, Weston super Mare, BS24 9AU
Type: Part Time
Adult volunteers in Scouting come from a variety of backgrounds and many volunteer around work and family commitments. This role is flexible but some availability during evenings and weekends will be needed.


* Support the Assistant District Commissioner - Recruitment & Retention with the recruitment and induction of adult volunteers across Axe District
* Support Scout Groups to undertake their own recruitment, enabling them to provide high quality Scouting to Young People locally

Main tasks:
Support the Assistant District Commissioner - Recruitment & Retention to:
• Liaise with Group Scout Leaders and the District Team to understand their recruitment needs and support them to retain and recruit adult volunteers
• Meet with prospective volunteers to help them understand more about Scouting, including the benefits and opportunities for them
• Help prospective volunteers to understand the main tasks for volunteering opportunity to ensure they are able to make informed decisions about their suitability and any commitment required
• Promote flexible volunteering to enable adults to join on a basis that suits their availability
• Establish relationships with a range of external agencies, organisations and businesses to aid recruitment and promote Scouting
• Deliver recruitment events or publicise recruitment opportunities at community/scouting events, as required
• Establish why adults leave Scouting in Axe and work with the District Team to limit this where possible to improve retention. When adults do leave, work with the Scout Active Support Unit to offer an alternative way to remain involved

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Organisation Description

Axe District includes Weston-super-Mare, Wick St Lawrence, Congresbury, Wrington, Blagdon, Churchill, Sandford, Winscombe, Banwell, Locking, Uphill and everything in between.

Each week over 1400 young people aged 6–25 enjoy an active programme in one of our 17 groups, our Explorer Scout Units or with our Scout Network.

As well as the weekly meetings groups take part in a number of fun and exciting events. Recent events have included archery, climbing, hill walking, canoeing, camping, paintballing, zip wires, go karting – in fact you name it and we’ve probably done it.

Join the adventure!


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Cause / Interests

  • Children
  • Families
  • Sport and Outdoor Activities
  • Youth

Types of Activity

  • Administration
  • Advice, Information and Support
  • Local Events
  • Marketing, PR and Media
  • Youth Work

Skills and Qualifications


Could you help us to recruit adult volunteers to support Scouting? If you enjoy a good chat and would feel comfortable talking to adults you don’t know about volunteering opportunities, then you’d be great in this role. If that sounds like you then please get in touch.


Volunteering with Scouts can enrich your life – don’t just take our word for it. Over 90% of our volunteers say that their Scout experiences are hugely beneficial:

For some volunteering provides an opportunity to:

*Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
*Make a difference to the lives of others
*Help others less fortunate or without a voice
*Feel valued and part of a team
*Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
*Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

*Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
*Developing existing skills and knowledge
*Enhancing a CV – More than two thirds of our volunteers say their CVs have been enhanced by joining Scouts. Employers love to see the commitment of volunteers, and through Scouts you can get vital experience in areas like management, administration and activities
*Improving one’s employment prospects
*Gaining an accreditation
*Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

*Meeting new people and making new friends, a whopping 97% of our volunteers say their involvement has helped them forge new friendships.
*A chance to socialise
*Getting to know the local community

Boost your potential with employers:

Competition in the job market is higher than ever, and making your application stand out to potential employers is vital. Most candidates who apply for a job have the required academic and technical skills, so to be successful you need something extra to set yourself apart.This is where Scouting can help. Your time in Scouting, the roles you have held and the experiences you have taken part in will have developed a whole range of skills to impress employers. In a recent Public and Corporate Economic Consultants (PACEC) report into the impact of Scouting, 41% of employers said that involvement in Scouting would have a positive influence on their decision to employ applicants.

There’s no better feeling than making a difference to communities and transforming the lives of young people.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: Out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed
Restrictions: You must complete the Scout Association recruitmernt process which including understanding and accepting the organisations policies. A DBS check will be required for most roles
Induction: Yes
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: Considered on an individual basis
Offer: NA
Training: 'Getting Started' training is provided during the first six months

Recruitment Method

Application form, Informal discussion, References, Trial Period, DBS Check, Interview