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An introductory session to A Million Hands


Projector, laptop with the four partner videos.


Cubs in a circle.
Ask one (or all) to say the Promise.
Point out that part of it is "to help other people." and we've been promising to do that for over a hundred years. Review what we did last year that meets that.

Point out;
1) We often don't know what we can do
2) There's lots of groups and cub packs, but we're fragmented and we don't work together
3) Combined, we have nearly half a million Scouts that could help if they knew what they could do
4) There's lots of charities that do good work, but they always need more money and people.

So Scouting nationally has joined forces with four charities, chosen by scouts, who've produced a lot of material telling us how we can help them. We have nearly half a million scouts in the UK. Our goal, by 2017, is to have half a million lending a hand to the four partners- hence the name "A million hands."

Tonight we're going to look at what the four partners are and choose which one we're going to work with. In a few weeks, during Community Week which is the first week in October, we'll decide what it is we're going to do to help, and we might have someone come along from the partner we choose to help us. Then in November we're going to decide what it is we're going to do. Next term, we'll actually do it and in the summer term we'll see how well we've done, what we've achieved and hopefully get the new Community Impact badge.

In turn, show the video for a partner and then read out- or get a YP to read out- the overview text from pages 16 and 17 of the Intro Pack. Once they've been done, briefly review the four and get the YP to vote on their choice.

*** MIND ***

Our goal is that the mental wellbeing and resilience of families, Scout groups and broader society improves as a result of our young people's actions.

One in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year in the UK. 6,000 people will take their own lives. Suicide is now the most common cause of death among people under 35. We can't afford not to talk about it. Mental health problems include depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-harm, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Whatever form they take, they can be a scary and isolating experience. Mental health problems can affect anyone. But too many people still feel unable to say that they're struggling to cope, and this means they don't get the support they need.

*** DEMENTIA ***

Our goal is that the lives of those affected by dementia improves as a result of our young people's actions.

Nearly one third of young people know someone with dementia. As the population ages and the number of people living with dementia increases, more and more young people are likely to be affected through family and friends. Alzheimer's Society wants to create a dementia friendly generation, by supporting young people to understand dementia today, and empowering them as they reach adulthood. Educating young people about dementia can help reduce stigma and increase understanding.

Changing attitudes and building knowledge can help to reduce the loneliness and social isolation that many people with dementia experience. By educating young people about dementia, they can learn about protecting their own health, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle including diet. Lack of exercise and alcohol abuse have been shown to be risk factors for dementia.


Our goal is to improve the lives of those disabled by society as a result of our young people's actions.

Many disabled people experience significant exclusion from the experiences, activities and places that non-disabled people take for granted such as visiting shops or friends, using the local playground, or using public transport. This is because people are disabled by barriers created by physical inaccessibility, laws and policies that don't consider the needs of disabled people, and negative attitudes and beliefs about disability.

As a Scout, you can take action to improve the lives of disabled people by helping to remove these barriers. You can challenge your own and other people's attitudes by learning about and understanding disability. You can visit local services and facilities to see how easily disabled people can use them, then share your findings so improvements can be made, and you can work with disabled people to campaign for better services and changes to the law.

*** WATERAID ***

Our goal is that Everyone everywhere has access to clean water and toilets as a result of our young people's actions.

In the UK we are very fortunate to have clean, safe water available to us whenever we need it. We simply turn the tap on and out it comes. We flush the toilet and water takes our waste away. But have you ever wondered where our water comes from and how we know it is safe to drink, or what happens once the toilet has flushed?

In some of the world's poorest communities, women and children have to get up at dawn and walk for miles to collect water for their families. There are no taps with safe clean water in their homes or even near their homes to use. They have to go to lakes, ponds, streams and rivers to fetch water. The water they find is usually very dirty and causes illness and disease. In fact, 1,400 children die every day from drinking unsafe water.

There is often nowhere safe or private to go to the toilet. Everyone has to go outdoors or use unhygienic facilities, spreading disease and causing embarrassment. WaterAid wants to change this.


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