Central Yorkshire Development – Pears Project – June Update

Date: 4th Jul 2019 Author: Cathryn Atkinson

The Pears Team have some new faces since the last update. Amy and I have joined the team, and we have got straight down to work supporting Lucy, Amania, Ember and Kris at our project sites in Scotland Wood, Middleton, Little London and Harehills.

In Scotland Wood, we have invested both adult volunteers and young people, and in Middleton, Little London and Harehills we continue to grow in numbers, of both young people and volunteers.

Little London was host to the Pears Project visit in June, with Matt Hyde, Trevor Pears and Ben Powesland amongst others coming to see how our projects are improving the lives of young people.

In the words of one parent “In our inner city area, there are no accessible activities for children outside of school as the local community centre does not open on most evenings and it has no activities for kids. For many kids in the area, which has numerous migrant communities, it is the only space to socialise with other kids and adults out of school, and to practice their English too.

My daughter loves Cubs, the skills and fun, and the sense of camaraderie and team work. She is extremely excited about going on the first residential in her life. I hope that the club will continue to run and bring this wonderful opportunity to children in Little London.”

As you can imagine comments like these make us immensely proud of the work we do in what can often be challenging circumstances.

The biggest highlight for the Pears team was taking 52 young people on their first residential. The weather was kind to us as we got stuck in at Bramhope Campsite. The children (and adults) enjoyed a wide variety of activities, including a hike, campfire, making smores, climbing, backwoods cooking, archery, pedal cars, low ropes, den building, bouldering and giant games. For a lot of the young people this was their first time away and they had a blast! They were rewarded for their efforts with their nights away and hikes away badge, and a Bramhope campsite woggle. A big thanks from all of us for the support from the districts, the adult volunteers and mostly to the kids for being amazing!

Finally, we said a sad farewell to Kristina who has left us to move to Sunny Scotland. Kris has been a valued member of the team, and we wish her well for the future, although I’m sure that she will still be involved in Scouting!

If you want any more information about the Pears Team projects in Central Yorkshire, please email Joanne Hennessey (project co-ordinator) at Joanne.Hennessey@scouts.org.uk


Helen Thomas – Development Team Assistant

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls