Scouts in Molesey are working in partnership with Surrey Search & Rescue to build a community water activity centre at Hurst Park.
Both organisations believe that young people growing up in Molesey’s riverside community should understand how to use the river safely and that opportunities to get afloat should be readily available. A stronger emphasis on the education of water-safety is required in Elmbridge.
The Scout Group has been without a waterside facility since the late 1990s after being evicted for gravel extraction at their site in the Lambeth Waterworks. This site has since been restored to a wetland nature reserve and so it’s not possible to return.
An activity centre will help us to develop and increase ‘on-water’ opportunities and
reach all members of the community regardless of social background,
ability or additional needs. SurSAR will use the centre to store water rescue equipment and as a hub for their volunteers to participate in weekly training sessions.
This activity centre would be an enormous boost to our training capability as well as a base during future flooding.
James Rossell, SurSAR
Just some of the benefits to be provided:
- Increased opportunities for children to experience the river in a safe & friendly environment.
- Access to water activities for those with disabilities.
- Dedicated training facilities for SurSAR, the lifesaving charity that works with Surrey Fire & Rescue Service to respond to emergencies on the water.
- An increased number of opportunities for volunteering in Molesey, both in Scouting and with SurSAR.
- More places for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts in Molesey.
Let’s inspire a generation
A kayaking trip with the Scouts sparked my interest!
Joe Clarke, Rio 2016 Gold Medallist
Scouts have a fine tradition of adventures on the water and I’m proud that this is continuing. Let’s not forget what beautiful and inspiring places our rivers are, and the powerful effect they can have on us all. Rivers are amazing outdoor spaces and have huge potential to deliver social action.
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout