The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Janet Cooper, is visiting two pioneering projects over the coming week.
At 4pm on Tuesday (14 September) she will be helping to launch Tameside's first Squirrel Drey at 7th Stalybridge Scouts, off Huddersfield Road.
Squirrels is the Scouting Movement’s first new section since the Beavers in 1986. It caters for four to six-year-olds and has largely been established to help children who may have struggled because of lockdowns.
The 7th Stalybridge Drey is one of 200 starting up across the country following a successful trial. The skills Squirrels will learn includes pitching a blanket tent, planting seeds or learning how to spend 50p in a local shop. Badges include Feel Good, Be Active, Explore Outdoors, Brilliant Builder and Exciting Experiments.
At 2pm on Saturday (18 September), the Mayor will be visiting Bloom Allotments on Grange Road South, Hyde, which is run by the Leap Children and Families Centre (formerly St Peter’s Partnerships) to provide horticultural activities for young people and adults who have a learning disability.
It is described as a place of belonging and purpose, where everyone is included in caring for and maintaining the allotments.
The Mayor said: “I’m very much looking forward to attending the two events with my Consort, Dennis.
“As a former Brownie, I’m very well aware of the valuable work done by groups like the Scouts in helping children prepare for life and instilling a sense of community and service. I think it’s wonderful they’re now bringing four to six-year-olds into the movement.
“I’m also very interested to learn more about the work taking place at Bloom Allotments. I’ve heard a lot about the oasis they have created and I’m delighted to have the chance to see it first hand.”