Scouts gain praise for community work

Boston Spa Scouts TeamVLeeds with Alec Shelbrooke. (S)
Boston Spa Scouts TeamVLeeds with Alec Shelbrooke. (S)

Scouts in Boston Spa have been praised by their MP for helping give a spring clean to a village school.

Elmet and Rothwell MP Alec Shelbrooke highlighted the work of 1st Clifford Scout group to revitalise the habitat for a range of species at St Mary’s Primary nature conservation area.

The group joined with Team V, volunteers from all over Leeds, to develop the habitat for a range of species that inhabit this special part of Boston Spa.

Alec Shelbrooke, joined in with the work and said: “Team V are a fantastic force for good in our community and I was only too pleased to join volunteers and Scouts in Boston Spa to help clean up untidy areas of the village.

“This really is the big society in action and all praise must go to Naomi Barrow; a young lady who is very much committed to putting something back into the community she grew up in.”

David Barrow, Scout leader, said: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to join in this venture and give our Scouts a practical outlet for skills learnt at troop nights.”

Uwais Patel, Team V volunteer said: “Something that impressed me the most about today and something which has been quite an epiphany, is the ability of people to work together in a manner that doesn’t actually feel like work.

“The task at hand today was massive, but with the enthusiasm and happiness of the Scouts, and the optimism of my team leader, Naomi, and fellow volunteers, not forgetting the incredible amount of help from Dr Barrow and parents, we transformed an entire area into something that is visually, a much more pleasant and peaceful area for the children of St Mary’s School.”

Over 1000 people take part in Scouting each week in Wetherby District, in the aim of developing strong, practical skills in youngsters aged six-18.

Team V is a new programme powered by young people who are socially aware and want to encourage positive change in their communities.

It gives 18-25 year old volunteers the chance to gain valuable leadership skills.