Community Impact
2 April 2018

Den building Disability badge

Recently Ingleton Beavers opened their doors to the community by inviting visitors from The Ingleborough Nursing Home and Jenkin Lodge, a residential care home for adults with learning disability, to their Colony meeting. Staff from Jenkin Lodge asked the Beavers to make some bunting for them displaying words about ‘Dignity’ so this activity required much careful thought by Gemma Tyrie, the Beaver Leader, to make the concept understandable by the youngsters. Everyone enjoyed playing dominos, a card game, beetle drive and decorating a rice shaker. The Beavers loved learning new games and meeting new people. One visitor was an ex-Commissioner from Glasgow who is missing Scouting since he moved here in December so he particularly enjoyed his visit.

The guests, plus their carers, were very impressed with how polite and helpful the Beavers were, and how well they engaged with the visitors, so much so that they have asked to visit the Colony again. This super example of introducing youngsters to people with disabilities, removing barriers and making an impact in the community sits well within the scope of the Scout Association Millions Hands project which aims to mobilise half a million people in support of four social issues chosen by young people. Well done, Ingleton Beavers!