123rd Manchester Scout Group have received £2,000 of grant funding from our Stronger Communities Fund to build a climbing wall in their Scout Hut, providing fun for hundreds of Scouts.
123rd Manchester are a large scout group based in Chorlton, but have members from across South Manchester like Whalley Range, Fallowfield, Hulme and Rusholme. As of January this year they had over 200 members, aged from teenagers right down to 4 year olds! Notably, this is due to them being one of a handful of groups in the UK piloting early years scouting, proving they’re an active and innovative group providing an essential service to keep young people engaged with positive socialising and learning. Groups such as these are vital, especially in times when provisions like youth clubs are in much shorter supply than they used to be.
After being told by their scouts that they wanted to take part in more climbing/bouldering, 123rd Manchester came to us asking for funding to help them build a climbing wall in their scout hut. What a great example of a youth-led democratic organisation! As well as the obvious benefits to physical fitness, the group leaders believe a traverse wall will provide an opportunity for their young members to gain confidence by undertaking an adventurous activity in a safe, controlled environment. Climbing centres can be very expensive and inaccessible to families with less disposable income, so having it installed in their scout hut will bypass that. Not just for the scouts, as a whole range of groups use the space, including toddler groups, a play therapy group, a kick boxing group, dog classes and cooking classes – not that we’re suggesting toddlers and dogs start climbing! We’re very happy to award the amount needed from our Stronger Communities Fund, and can’t wait to see the Scouts using it when is safe to resume normal scouting activities.
We LOVE 123rd Manchester and all the fun and positive experiences they give to hundreds of kids across South manchester! Find out more about them on their website chorltonscouts.org.uk on their Facebook: facebook.com/chorltonscouts and their Twitter: twitter.com/chorltonscouts
UPDATE! – 25th May 2021
We’ve received pictures back from the group of their young scouts making the most of the climbing wall!