It was (mostly!) all smiles in Littlehampton this week as the 4th Scout Group became the first in Sussex to achieve the Duke of Cornwall award and were presented with their certificates by Pat Arculus, Chairman of West Sussex County Council.
The scheme teaches young people how to protect themselves, their families, and vulnerable people in their communities in an emergency situation. The 4th Littlehampton group (led by Group Scout Leader Martin Funnell) have been learning what to do in times of flooding or weather disruption, for example, and have been working closely with Chris Scott from our Resilience & Emergencies team.
Mrs Arculus was full of praise for the scheme, calling it ‘absolutely wonderful’. “It pulls families and communities together and gives these children skills and knowledge that they will take through with them to adulthood” said Pat.
“It has helped the children to assess different risks and understand what they need to do in an emergency, helping to make them and their families safer and more involved whilst enjoying themselves!”
Martin Funnell MBE added “It has been really rewarding to see the Beavers and Cubs achieve the award and we really hope, this is the first of many of these awards being made within Sussex. The award is one element of a much wider community resilience programme to support community safety, it is so pleasing to see the young members of our community leading the way”
The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award is open to all young people aged between five and 18 within unformed youth organisations such as Beavers, Scouts, Girl Guides, and Military and 999 services cadets. To find out more contact Chris Scott via firstname.lastname@example.org