• SGN Press release


    Volunteers transform local scout hall


    1 March 2018


    The volunteers. Back row (l to r): Iain McClafferty, Nathan McKenzie, Gordon McMillan, Konstantinos Gallios, Grant Richardson and Andrew Boxall. Front row (l to r): Simon Harkins, Gary Robertson, Barbara Kowalczyk and Lisa Taylor.


    Volunteers from our Edinburgh office visited 42nd Pentland (Currie) Scout Group to give their activities hall a complete makeover.

    The team of 27 colleagues gave up their time through our Community Action Programme which gives all our employees one day off each year to spend volunteering for a cause close to their hearts.

    Scouts Scotland is the largest volunteer-led movement for young people in Scotland. The 42nd Pentland Scout Group is based in Currie and its run-down hall is used not only by the Scouts, but also by the entire Currie community for activities like yoga, slimming groups, keep-fit classes, dance lessons and even dog training.

    Network Officer Gary Robertson said: “The hall is maintained by a small group of parent volunteers who give up their evenings and weekends to keep it in a usable condition. Both of my boys have attended the 42nd Scout Group at all age groups. My youngest son Sean is still in the Scouts, so I organised the event to help take the pressure off the parents.”

    Gary reached out to his colleagues in our Edinburgh office and the response was overwhelming with 27 colleagues offering to paint and decorate the hall over three days. 

    Network Assistant Grant Richardson helped paint the hall on the second day. He said: “It was a tough job, but being able to see the finished result made the experience incredibly rewarding.” Grant’s colleague Iain McClafferty added: “The day was really enjoyable, especially knowing that we were helping not just the Scouts, but the entire Currie community.”

    Our team totally transformed the building’s main entrance and corridor as well as the main hall itself. Parent Volunteer Andy Cooper said: “Great to see such numbers arrive fully committed to doing a great job for the Scouts. It will spare us parent volunteers a few weekends of hard graft.” Parent Volunteer Val Reid, who’s also Facility Convener at the Scouts, was delighted with the results. She said: “It looks like a new hall! On behalf of the 42nd Pentland Scout Group we want to thank everyone from SGN so much for all their hard work and effort.”