Re: Government funding
- From: "Tony Ransley" <tony@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 18:38:01 +0100
> Question is, should we care?
> I've known of the odd LEA grant or two coming the way of some of the
> Scout Groups I have worked in over the years, but I was always led to
> believe that Scouting raised its own funds and was never reliant on
> If its being offered, we'll take it, but if not then stuff em, we'll
> rely on our own efforts, same as we've always done.
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This is fine for groups operating in affluent areas but does put a
dissproportionate burden on groups trying to operate in deprived
communities, where the young people do not always have the money to purchase
all the extras many groups require for activities.
Add to this the difficulty of getting support from an already deprived
community and the lack of open spaces requiring transport for 'ordinary
scout activities' and you may see why scouting is traditionally stronger in
more affluent communities.
In my opinion if scouting is going to thrive in deprived communities then it
is going to need the same type of support national and local goverment gives
to other youth organisations.
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