£5,000 grant success for Worthing Cissbury Rangers

Written by Karen Hopper, Worthing Cissbury Division Ranger Adviser

The Peter Sell Award is an annual award of up to £5,000 to a Scout or Guide group, given by the Leslie Sell Charitable Trust. The Trust was founded by Leslie Sell to support scouting activities. Peter Varga was a refugee from Hungary in 1956 who met Leslie Sell through the Scout movement. This led to Leslie Sell supporting Peter to gain British nationality and then giving him a home. As a mark of thanks, Peter changed his name to Sell and became a Trustee and later Chair of the Leslie Sell Charitable Trust. He died in 2007 and this Award is dedicated to him.

The Trustees invite applications which seek to do the following:

  • Widen engagement and involvement in scouting and guiding - in particular, the Trustees welcome applications that will encourage people to engage with scouting or guiding who have not previously done so.
  • That will have a legacy beyond the initial expenditure of the grant - e.g. through the purchase of equipment that can be used in later years or by encouraging engagement of people, some of whom may then remain involved in the long term.

Karen Hopper, Worthing Cissbury Division Ranger Adviser, applied back in September 2019 to grow and retain Rangers in the division. Her application requested £5,000 to help to widen involvement with Rangers by holding career fairs at local schools (14-16 year olds) and local colleges (16-18 year olds) offering the opportunities to over 2,700 young women in Worthing (Census: 2011). On average 90% of Guides (10-14 year olds) do not move on to Rangers in the division. The money will be used to purchase a laptop, projector, projector screen, display boards, promotional material, Ranger/young leader uniform, resources for activities, etc.

Karen said:

"Honestly, I didn’t expect to be successful but I thought I would give it a go. I’m so glad I did. This incredible amount of money is going to make a real difference to our growth and retention activities in the division. We have already set up a closed Facebook group for others to borrow some of the resources. We hope to run our first market stall event at Bohunt School in February.”

You can apply for grants & funding for your unit, district, division or county too! Find out more about region and national grants here, and check out Girlguiding's fundraising toolkit for more information and advice.

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