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A Million Hands partnership launches today!

08 Oct 2015

A Million Hands Launch Guide DogsToday sees the official launch of the charity Guide Dogs’ four-year partnership with The Scout Association, called A Million Hands, which aims to tackle four issues faced by society.

To mark the launch, The Scout Association has released figures showing that the UK may be losing out on more than 15.4 million hours of youth volunteering time per month. The research, carried out by ComRes, polled 1,000 young people in the UK aged 12 to 24 and showed that 82% of young people today believe that it is important for the young to tackle social issues.

In fact, one third (37%) of these young people take part in social action – for example volunteering for a charity – once a week. In contrast, almost three quarters (73%) of Scouts in the UK volunteer in their local communities every week.

A Million Hands aims to get the Scouts’ 500,000 young members doing practical things within their own local communities to tackle four social issues. Guide Dogs is one of six charities working with the Scouts under these four issues – mental health (Mind), dementia (Alzheimer’s Society), disability (Guide Dogs and Leonard Cheshire Disability), and access to clean water and sanitation (WaterAid). The Canal & River Trust is also on board.

A Million Hands is our chance to share our story with 500,000 young people and young volunteers, engaging them with our life-changing work with the aim of harnessing a new generation of supporters. Each and every Guide Dogs team can benefit from this partnership, as The Scout Association has Scout groups right across the UK.

To find out more, visit www.scouts.org.uk/amillionhands, or if you’re a Scout or Scout Leader wanting to find out what else you can do for Guide Dogs, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/amillionhands. Use #AMillionHands if you’re posting on social media.



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