6th Winchester Scout Group’s energetic leadership team engage our members in a diverse range of activities on a weekly basis. They encourage and nurture our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts to help them develop resilience, initiative and tenacity; practise leadership, teamwork and problem-solving and learn practical skills to help them become confident, caring and community-minded individuals.
In an age when young people are increasingly experiencing feelings of social pressure, isolation and stress, studies have shown that adults with a Scouting background are less likely to be anxious or depressed. Research has shown that helping children develop self-reliance and teamwork also has lifelong benefits.
We hold most of our indoor sessions at Holy Trinity Church Hall on Upper Brook Street and the Salvation Army church on Parchment Street. However, the increasing popularity of Scouting and the rapid growth of our Scout Group combined with pressure on hall space has prompted us to search for a base that we could call home.
Winchester City Council is in the process of granting 6th Winchester Scout Group a long lease of an area of land in Abbotts Barton on which to build our Scout headquarters and community hall – the “Barn”.
In October 2019 we were delighted to win a bid for £200,000 Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding from Winchester City Council and in January 2020 our £50,000 bid for CIL funding from Winchester Town Forum was approved. In March 2020 we were awarded a grant of £30,000 from Hampshire County Council’s Recreation and Heritage Community Fund.
We have also raised over £25,000 via grant applications and local fundraising initiatives, some of which has enabled us to partially fence and landscape the Barn site and install a site office and shipping container which enables us to use the site for outdoor activities.
The Group still has a considerable amount to raise and is exploring all possible avenues of funding in order to realise the dream of building a multipurpose community facility and home for 6th Winchester Scout Group in Abbotts Barton.