Scouting out a positive future for youngsters on troubled Sheffield estate

Making Christmas sparkle for residents at Silver Lodge Care Home in Chapeltown

Making Christmas sparkle for residents at Silver Lodge Care Home in Chapeltown

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A Scout leader on a troubled Sheffield estate says the kind and generous youngsters under his wing defy the area's reputation for antisocial behaviour.

The 10th Sheffield (Parson Cross) Scout Group was formed in 2015 to provide more opportunities for young people in an area shamed this week as one of the nation's worst crime hotspots.

Raising money for the RSPCA

Raising money for the RSPCA

Group leader Rob Kirk told how its young members had raised money for charity, volunteered at a care home and taken part in a lantern parade as they strove to make a difference in their community.

He said they were developing into model citizens as they learned new skills, explored nature and developed the confidence needed to achieve their full potential.

"Having read the article about Parson Cross being named as a crime hotspot I wanted to mention some of the good work going on in the area," he said.

"The young people I've met through the group have been great and their parents have been really supportive.

Exploring the great outdoors

Exploring the great outdoors

"They see it as an opportunity for their children to do something good and help Parson Cross shed the reputation it has.

"Scouting is a great way of teaching young people and helping them develop into good citizens, and we're always looking at new ways to provide fun and enjoyment for the youngsters of the local community."

Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the group, which meets at Mount Tabor Methodist Church, have been busy since it was formed a little under two years ago.

Their good deeds have included raising money for the RSPCA at a Sheffield Sharks basketball game, delivering food hampers and decorating Christmas trees at a care home in Chapeltown, and taking part in the Beacons Lantern Procession in Parkwood Springs last autumn.

Members of the group, aged between six and 14, have also been given the chance to enjoy activities including camping expeditions, day trips, space-themed crafting sessions and cookery competitions.

"My experience as group leader has been really positive. They have a lot to contribute and we’re really proud of them," said Rob.

For more information about the group and how to get involved, email 10thparsoncrossscouts@gmail.com.

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