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EXCLUSIVE NORTHERN POWERGRID AND SCOUT ASSOCIATION PARTNERSHIP SEES 4,000 HOME SAFETY BADGES AWARDED

Scouts shotNorthern Powergrid, the company responsible for keeping the lights on for 8 million customers and 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, is celebrating the success of the first three months of its partnership with The Scout Association, which launched in October 2017.

The company is the first and only electricity network company to work in partnership with The Scout Association and is helping deliver vital safety messages to thousands of young people by sponsoring the ‘Home Safety Badge’ for UK Cub Scouts aged eight to 10 and a half.

Every year more than two million young people have accidents in and around the home which see them admitted to accident and emergency units. The Northern Powergrid sponsored ‘Home Safety Badge’ teaches Cub Scouts about safety in and around the home and encourages them to spread potentially lifesaving messages they have learnt.

In the first month of the partnership the number of Cubs completing the badge doubled and more than 4,000 badges have been awarded in the three months since the partnership launched. This saw numerous groups across the country using the Home Safety resources created by Northern Powergrid, to help Cubs achieve their badge.

Siobhan Barton, head of stakeholder relations at Northern Powergrid, said: "It's fantastic to see so many badges awarded during the first three months of our partnership. With so many accidents happening in and around the home it's important for children to be aware of the dangers and what to do in an emergency. By supporting The Scout Association and working together to educate and prevent accidents in the home, we can help Cubs so they know exactly what to do if an accident does happen.

“The Home Safety Badge not only teaches young people about how to stay safe in and around the home but it also educates them about what to do in a power cut and promotes the free Priority Services Register so they can ensure the people they care about get extra support.

“The Scouts have opened 460 new groups in some of the most deprived areas of the UK and is open to people from all backgrounds. We know that in some areas, the Scouts present one of the few avenues for young people to engage in constructive youth activity outside school – encouraging young people to try new experiences, develop skills, untap talent and learn by doing. It’s fantastic that we can support the work they do, not only in our own operating area but across the whole of the United Kingdom.”

Simon Carter, Assistant Director at The Scout Association, said: “We value the partnership with Northern Powergrid as it helps young people learn the keys skills they need in life. We look forward to the partnership going from strength to strength.”

The Northern Powergrid partner page on The Scouts website holds all the necessary activities to complete the Northern Powergrid Home Safety Badge. The page also provides information about Northern Powergrid's Priority Service Register where you can request a visit from the electricity distributor's education officers.

Teachers visiting the page are encouraged to download Northern Powergrid's new education resources which  will help teachers deliver science, technology, engineering, maths, (STEM) and citizenship lessons to seven to 14 year olds.

About Scouting

  • Scouting, the world’s largest youth movement, was founded on 1 August 1907.
  • In the UK, Scouting is supported by The Scout Association, enabling 7,000 groups across the country to provide opportunities to over 450,000 young people aged six to 25.
  • Scouting helps young people, both boys and girls, enjoy fun and adventure, while developing skills for life: the practical, character and employability skills they need to succeed.
  • Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, from canoeing and caving to coding and community projects, made possible by the efforts of over 140,000 adult volunteers.
  • Worldwide, Scouting has more than 50 million members – both male and female – and operates in nearly every country in the world.
  • UK Scouting has more than 250 Scout Activity Challenge badges.  These require participants to achieve a level of understanding and skill realistic and appropriate to their age range.