• Flintshire,  Latest press releases,  News

    Penyffordd Cub helps give care to collapsed man

     

     

    A 9 year old boy recently helped give care to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed on the street, thanks to the first aid skills he had learnt in Cub Scouts.

    Ethan Davies, from Penyffordd was out shopping with his parents when they heard a woman shout for help. As they went to look they found an elderly man who had collapsed, knocking out his teeth. Ethan and his parents approached to see if they could help, and Ethan said that they needed to take the gentleman’s mind off what had happened, and to keep him warm while they waited for the ambulance. So Ethan spoke to the man and told him to think happy thoughts, and used his coat to keep the man warm.

    Ethan said ‘Some people had put coats on him already, but his legs looked cold so I used my coat to cover his legs to keep him warm while we waited for the paramedics’

    Ethan then stood on a chair to look out for the ambulance, and when the paramedics arrived he waved them over, told them the man’s name and age and explained what had happened to him.

    Ethan said ‘I learnt about first aid in Beavers and Cubs, the leaders set up a first aid incident, and they told us how to deal with casualties by keeping them warm and talking to them to keep their mind of what had happened’

    Penyffordd Cub leader Hannah Morris said ‘We’re really proud of the efforts Ethan made to help this man when he really needed it. First aid is something we teach throughout a child’s time in Scouting, We hope the Cubs never have to use the first aid skills we teach, but it’s reassuring to know that with incidents like this, the Cubs can put the skills they have learnt to good use’

    When asked why he decided to help the man, Ethan said ‘It was the feeling, that if that ever happened to me, I’d want other people to help me, like I helped the man’

     

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  • A million hands
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    Why Wrexham Scouts say a million hands make light work

    Young people from across Wrexham have signed up to make a difference with a new campaign from the Scouts to give them the opportunity to help others.

    New figures released today have revealed that the UK may be losing out on over 15.4 million hours of youth volunteering time each month. 

    The poll, commissioned by The Scout Association and conducted by ComRes, discovered that 82% of young people in the UK believe it is important for today’s youth to tackle social issues. However only 36% of one thousand 12-24 year olds spoken to believe that they have the opportunity to do so, with one third (37%) participating in social action once every week.

    Scouts in Wrexham hope to help buck this trend by forging partnerships with charities concerned with disability, mental health, dementia, and access to clean water. One group of teenagers, K2 Explorer Scouts, looked at each of the issues and decided to work with Mind to support those with mental health issues.
    One of the Scouts, Harry Morgan, 17 from Cross Lanes, said, “Mental health has become an ever more prevalent issue that we have only really come to grips with over the past decade. Being able to provide support to those who need it most will give us a feeling of satisfaction, knowing that those who are coping with their day to day struggles are being given the attention and care that they deserve.”

    Sue Lister from Wrexham Scouts said, “In Scouting, we believe in changing lives, which is why we encourage young people to get involved in volunteering early on. Almost three quarters of Scouts volunteer in their local communities every week.”

    “Scouts have always helped other people. In the past this has manifested itself in many ways, from litter picking to washing cars. However we want to move from being merely ‘useful’ to having a life-changing impact. That’s why The Scout Association has launched A Million Hands, a new campaign to mobilise half a million Scouts to help inspire more youth volunteering and social action across the UK.”

    Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout, who is launching the campaign, said: “The Scout Association is pledging one million hands, to support four of the biggest social issues currently facing the UK and the wider world. But we can’t do it on our own. We want all young people to come and give Scouting a try and to get involved. This is how we can all play a vital role in shaping tomorrow’s world for the better.”

    Find out more about the Scouts at www.scouts.org.uk/get-involved
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    Notes to editors
    – for more information please contact David Morris on 07779 272340
    – please find attached a photo of three members of K2 Explorer Scout Unit: Tom Koscinska, Rebecca Jones and Matthew Jarmaine who are all lending a hand to support mental health charity Mind.
  • Flintshire,  Latest press releases,  News,  Vale of Clwyd

    Trooping the Colour – London!

    Three Skips, One ASL, One Young Leader and a gaggle of Scouts go to London!

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    Our Clwyd Contingent set off at 5am on Saturday and headed off down South.  Dez SL of 1st Rhuddlan Scouts, was joined by Graham SL and a young leader of 1st Halkyn Mountain Scouts, Simon SL and Matthew ASL of 3rd Prestatyn Scouts, and scouts from 1st Halkyn Mountain, 3rd Prestatyn and 1st Carmel.

    We had front row standing room at Horse Guards and eagerly anticipated the arrival of the guard regiments and their bands. They arrived with pipes and drums playing and we were treated to a truly British spectacle, and when Prince Charles heard we were there, he decided to come down to see us too!

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    After Horse Guards we went to see Aunty Lizzies house…but she was out, so we decided to go and see Dave….but he was out too! We concluded that the only option was to go on a hike.  On our travels we saw the houses of Parliament, the Palace of Westminster, and the London Eye before taking a breather in Waterloo Station.

    Fed and watered, we carried on to the the Imperial War Museum, London Bridge and the Tower of London.  Due to the Tower Gardens tube station being closed, we had to execute a daring race to Euston station, jumping on the train with less than two minutes to spare.  We were tired, our feet were sore and more importantly we were out of sweets; but we’d had a fantastic time!

    Huge thanks to Des for organising the trip.

    Written by Simon Williams, SL, 3rd Prestatyn.

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  • Neisen
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    Wrexham Scouts in Switzerland

    Wrexham District Scout have just returned from an action packed trip to Switzerland.

    The Scouts travelled to the Alpine village of Adelboden where they stayed in their own chalet in the heart of the mountains

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    In over a week of adventures they walked in the Alps – including an ascent of First, spent time in the pool, had a go on segways, travelled on cable-cars, saw the Eiger, visited the World Scout Centre in Kandersteg and braved a high ropes course.

    Daniel Campbell, 13 from Wrexham, said: “I thought the Switzerland trip was fantastic. I loved the high ropes because it was my first time using a zip wire. Switzerland was a amazing country filled with beautiful scenery, nice people and stunning houses.”

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    The Scouts used tour company Jeka to help the adult volunteers with the organisation of the trip. Leader Dave Drew said: “The trip was a great opportunity to take the Scouts one step beyond the weekly activities they enjoy. The same was also true for the adults, who got the chance to further their experience, grow in confidence and experience adventures outside their usual range.”

    Alison Hamlington, whose daughter Nia went on the camp said: “It’s great knowing that my child can take part in a well organised trip, experience different countries and cultures whilst knowing she is in a safe environment.”

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    Read Dave’s full account here

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  • Flintshire,  Latest press releases,  News

    Flintshire Beaver Scouts enjoy fun day

    100 Beaver Scouts from across Flintshire recently took part in a Beaver fun day where they got the chance to take part in lots of activities and learn new skills.

    Almost 40 adult volunteers were also there to ensure the day ran smoothly and the Beavers had a fantastic time.

    Sue Lloyd, Assistant District Commissioner for Flintshire Beavers said “Events like this are always fantastic, it’s great to see children from all different parts of Flintshire joining together to take part in activities. We’ve put on a wide variety of activities today and the Beavers will hopefully gain new skills by attending. We have put a lot of focus into First Aid this year as it’s such an important skill to learn. Scouts of all ages, from the youngest at 6 right up to 18 will learn first aid, as you never know when you may need to use it, whether it’s to stop someone from bleeding, or even to save someone’s life through CPR it’s a very important skill that Scouts will take with them for the rest of their lives.”

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    The activities on offer ranged from cooking on a campfire to trying out CPR on first aid dummies. The event was also the first District activity that Flint Beavers, the newest Beaver Scout group in Flintshire have attended since forming.

    6 year old Flint Beaver Oliver Jones said “ Toasting marshmallows on the campfire was the best bit today because I liked eating them. Getting all my badges is my favourite thing about being a beaver.”

    6 year old Iwan Weaver, also a member of the new Flint Beaver Group said “Putting bandages on was really fun because you got to put them on other people and then they put them on you.”

    Flintshire Scouts currently have 840 Youth members and 200 adult volunteers across the district, but there are still young people on waiting lists because of a lack of adult helpers, if you feel you could give up any amount of time to help, please talk to your local scout group.

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