Darlington Scout Group gifted storage container by housing developer allowing it to further grow and develop
One of Darlington’s newest Scout groups has taken a giant step forward in its development thanks to the generosity of one of the town’s housing developers. Story Homes, who are building a collection of high-quality four and five-bedroom homes nearby at The Willows, Blackwell Grange, have kindly donated a storage container to the 27th Darlington Scout Group, based in Skerne Park.
Story Homes reached out to its local subcontractors for further support on behalf of the group and as a result, local groundworkers, Arrowbuild, completed the groundwork required for the cabin free of charge.
This donation will mean that, for the first time since the group was founded in 2018, the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will have access to all their equipment at each meeting meaning they can increase the range of activities they can offer. Since returning to face-to-face meetings following lockdown, the group has already been away for a weekend camp in the North Yorkshire Moors, learned CPR as part of First Aid and crafted Christmas wreaths with local care home residents.
Group Manager of the 27th Darlington, Ben Hodgkiss, said:
“Previously we have been reliant on the goodwill of other Scout groups across the town to store our equipment. Now we will be able to have all of our kit on-site at our meeting place meaning we can do even more adventurous activities and help young people develop those skills for life that Scouts is so good at.
We are massively grateful to Story Homes, not just for the storage container, but also for the additional groundwork and preparation they sourced with Arrowbuild prior to the installation of the container. I’d also like to thank the staff at Skerne Park Academy for their support in allowing us to have this in their school grounds.”
Ella, 7, a Beaver at the 27th Darlington Scout Group said:
“I love going to Beavers so I can make new friends. My favourite activity with the Beavers was definitely when we went climbing as I’d never done that before.”
Mark Ferguson, Commercial Director for Story Homes in the North East said:
“The homes we build are part of wider communities and we know how important the Scout Group is, as well as how reliant they are on voluntary funding.
“We’re sure that both our residents at The Willows and the wider community will benefit from the donation, so it was a pleasure to be able to support the group.”