The future of Strathaven’s Scout and Guide Centre is under threat and the Kirk Street base for the youth organisations - which is also a major community centre - could close if more volunteers are not found.
A crisis meeting is being held at the hall on Wednesday 13th June at 7pm – and if more volunteers do not come forward to offer support, and help on the management committee for the centre, then the venue may be forced to close.
A Brownie pack and Guide group are also under threat of closure due to a lack of leaders and occassional helpers.
Management committee member Simon Jardine said: “The hall is not just for the Scouts and Guides but is also a major community centre hosting many groups. Its continued operation is totally dependent on volunteer helpers.
“The irony of this is that the hall itself has never been more popular. The Scouts, Guides and associated groups have waiting lists and the lettings which help fund the hall are going really well. However, involvement from parents is at an time low so we are putting out an appeal for help from parents and the wider community.”
The committee is looking for help with admin, maintenance, project and/or facilities management, fundraising, and help with the kids either as leaders or occasional helpers.
If you can help, or to find out more call Simon Jardine on 07931 674553 or email email@example.com
A notice outlining the scale of the problem is being circulated – see it here.
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