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Resources and Guides

Resources & Guides

Build Your Group Website

Scout Websites

Are you unsure how to keep your website on brand? or not sure how to host a webite? We recommend using ScoutWebsites, a host who keeps your group on brand and can provide everything your group may need including, events, galleries, booking and payment system, and recruitment forms.

WordPress Theme

If you have your own host and are familiar with editing websites and maybe a minor bit of css/html code, then we recommendd using Mersey Weavers SkillsForLife wordpress theme. This theme is not only based on the national website but it is also highly customizable. Here are the plugins we recommend:-

  • Caldera Forms
  • Caldera Forms Anti Spam
  • Email Address Encoder
  • Foo Gallery
  • Kia Subtitle
  • Quick and Easy FAQs
  • SVG Support
  • Team Members
  • The Events Calendar
  • UpdraftPlus
  • Wired Impact Volunteer Management
  • WP Store Locator

Build your Group Social Presence

Facebook Page –

Facebook is a great way to show your groups #SkillsForLife and Adventures. Facebook is the perfect way to show what your group does and how your group benefits your community. You can have multiple admins for the page, even ask a parent if they wouldn’t mind running the page for you.

Twitter Account –

Twitter is a great way to connect with your community, be it with local business’s or your local council members, as well as being able to share what your group does, you can also make some really good connections via twitter that could benefit either your group or your community.

Group Email Systems

Google for nonprofits

Google offer to non-profit charities, free use of unlimited emails, all you need is a domain (i.e. lewishamscouts.org.uk) each email address comes with 30gb of drive storage. google also offer a few other free resources along with your sign up.

Microsoft 365 for nonprofits

Get Microsoft 365 Business Premium for free for your group for up to 10 users.

Fundraising

Easyfundraising

easyfundraising is a website and app that turns everyday shopping into free donations for your cause or charity.

Smile.Amazon.co.uk

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on amazon.co.uk. The difference is that when customers shop through the URL smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisations selected by customers.

Online Scout Manager

Online Scout Manager

Online Scout Manager has been designed by leaders for leaders – it gives you the ability to do all of your administration in one simple, secure, system.

Group management, Badge records, Programme planning, Parent Portal and Online Payments all in one easy to use location.

Brand Centre

Brand Centre

Learn more about our brand and get all you need to create great communications. Download guidelines and logos straightaway, or if you are an adult volunteer you can register to access a wide range of tools, resources, and templates.

Compass

Compass

If you are a member of UK Scouting, you can login to Compass and update your personal details or check your Training process.

Scouting made easier

Managing your section or group shouldn’t all be paperwork and admin, it should be fun and exciting.

So here are some tips and links to what we think will lighten the load and help you focus more on the fun and adventure with your young people then on the paperwork.

Need Help?

Need help setting up any of these resources for your group? or maybe guidance on applying for grants and funding?

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

Not enough funds for that sailing trip?

Before you give up, have a look at what we have listed here, as one of these links maybe able to help fund that new adventure, those new skills your young people will remember for life.

Funding and Grants

Don Broome

Don Broome

The Don Broome Scout Trust exists to help volunteers within South London to improve the Scouting we offer. Grants are made to Groups, Districts or to the County.

Hardship Fund

Hardship Fund

Description here

National Funding

Local external funding still available – more on scouts.org.uk/coronavirus


Recruitment Resources

County Resources

Resources to help you recruit adults

Our development service has designed a range of leaflets for your group or unit to use to engage with the general public, your local community, and the families of your members.

Brand Centre

Brand Centre

Learn more about our brand and get all you need to create great communications. Download guidelines and logos straightaway, or if you are an adult volunteer you can register to access a wide range of tools, resources, and templates.

Need help recruiting?

Before you give up, have a look at what we have listed here, as one of these links may be able to help find that new minibus driver, badge stocker, or equipment checker, those new skills your young people will remember for life.