The Scouting Association Isle of Man has been able to advance its inclusivity programme by forming the 1st Rainbow Scouts group thanks to a Recognition award from Celton Manx.
The group was established to provide children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to take part in scouting activities.
Leader Penny Collier said: ‘The Recognition award the Scout Association Isle of Man received on behalf of 1st Rainbow Scouts has not only enabled us to establish this much-needed group for children with complex needs or who are disabled, but also to complete the climbing wall. This allows us to provide outdoor climbing to all sections and groups. Without the assistance of Celton Manx we would have missed a wonderful summer of fun and adventures.’
Island Commissioner Guy Thompson added: ‘Forming this group has been a long-held ambition of mine, only made possible by the generosity of Celton Manx and other supporters. I must thank our leaders Penny and Lisa and others coming forward as well as parents and carers but especially our fantastic scouts.’
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery attended the group’s launch at the Scout Association’s camp site, Mullin ny Cart, in Malew. He said: ‘I was delighted to see these young people enjoying such a wide range of scouting activities that they would not be able to access without the special facilities provided by 1st Rainbow Scouts.
‘The Celton Manx Recognition programme aims to make lasting, positive contributions to the broadest cross section of the community. I therefore applaud Guy and his team of leaders for their inspirational work in promoting inclusivity by ensuring that the wealth of opportunities for personal development scouting offers is made available to young people of all abilities.’
The Celton Manx Recognition programme aims to recognise and support the island’s lower-profile charities and not-for-profit organisations with only limited resources in order to fund, develop and promote their services.
In 2018 Celton Manx made 25 Recognition awards.
To apply for Recognition 2019 click here.
Closing date for applications is January 4, 2019.
Celton Manx executive director Bill Mummery tries his hand at archery during the launch event for 1st Rainbow Scouts