To some in London, 23 year old Georgie is the face that helps them with their learning needs but for a number of Cubs in Southampton she's Mowgli. She volunteered at the World Scout Jamboree last summer and teaches the skills of target rifle shooting for both the GS Scout team and one based at the 21st Romsey in Nursling.
That's enough to exhaust anybody, let alone while studying for a degree at the University of Southampton. But that's partly why she has recently become one of 20 Scouts from across the country to be recognised by a 'Never Give Up' Unsung Hero Award by the Chief Scout.
So why does Georgie 'Never give up'?
Georgie's main role with us is through inspiring Cubs, but she is also very involved with training and has roles at both district and county level, while still being involved with the Scouts at home. She also helps out other sections in the group too - often by running shooting sessions for our Scouts. Georgie joined us when she moved to Southampton for University, and although she has now finished her degree, she is still with us in the group. She was part of the IST at the jamboree and has recently completed her Queen's Scout Award. I noticed Georgie for her volunteering in the face of her health challenges she experienced over the past years.Anne, Lead volunteer for 14th Southampton (Highfield) Scouts
Recently, her health has taken a negative turn, however, she continues to volunteer. She actively seeks out opportunities to celebrate others, rewarding and recognising volunteers and makes sure this happens, even if her emails come from a hospital bed. She’s keen to help in any way that she can - even if that means taking a step back from weekly leadership and spending time sharing first aid skills (for example) but on a more flexible basis.
After being recognised for her dedication by her fellow volunteer, Birmingham was calling. As well as meeting Bear, Georgie also got to meet loads of other truly inspiring Scouts and received a £500 prize funded by the Chief Scout himself.
Georgie is the epitome of a "never give up" spirit. She never lets her health issues get in the way and continues to put both young people and volunteers at the heart of everything she does. A big congratulation to Georgie and thanks for being an amazing volunteer.
Have you got a never give up spirit? Got a skill to teach or just have some time to spare? Anyone can have the skills to make a difference to our young people and your time is enough. Find out more about volunteering - it might surprise you.
You can find out more about the Never Give Up award winners for 2023 on scouts.org.uk