The 12th Dorking Scout Group in Newdigate has secured a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award; a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
After fifty years of service, the prefabricated building which currently houses the local scout group is in a bad state of repair; with the metal framework showing signs of deterioration. The group boasts a troop of more than 40 young people aged between six and 15, who use the scout hut facilities three evenings each week.
In November 2012 the scout group launched an appeal to replace the building with a purpose built facility for use by the whole community. The Newdigate Pavilion and Scout Hut Appeal project, which was awarded funding under Biffa Award’s Community Buildings theme, will allow the group to build a warm, dry and secure hall including new toilets, store room and kitchen facilities.
Once the project works have been completed the new hall will offer a warm welcome to new user groups as well as the returning scouts. A variety of activities including sessions with the local theatrical society, a table tennis club and pilates group are planned alongside the regular meetings of the scout group. In an area of high isolation, the new hall will offer a place where the local community can come together to join in activities and host events.
Justin Pearson, Scout Executive Chair, said:
“We are delighted with the generous assistance provided by Biffa Award, which has enabled us to start the much needed rebuild of our scout hut. The new facilities will be of real benefit for the many youngsters who participate in the valuable activities which scouting offers.”
Lorraine Clarke, Scout Cub Parent, said:
“While I believe that the community activities my boys take part in through the cubs and beaver sections of the scouts are really good for them, I wasn’t happy that they took place in such a dilapidated, damp and cold environment.”
Gillian French, Biffa Award Programme Manager, said:
“We’re please to be able to support this project by the 12th Dorking Scout Group in Newdigate. The project not only aims to create superb new facilities but also hopes to address issues of isolation within the community. This is an excellent example of how the Landfill Communities Fund can help improve local spaces for the community.”