Editor's comment: Let's help scout group keep our young out of mischief
PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 May 2019
We all regularly blame young people for the crime and violence happening around the borough, and point to the lack of youth clubs and things for children to do.
The Scout Association, based up the road in Chingford, has been providing useful activities for young people for more than 100 years.
Girlguiding has been doing something similar for more than a century, too.
So we should do all we can to support them.
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This week the 3rd Collier Row Scout Group warned it could be without a home in 18 months if it can't raise £150,000 to replace its building in Carter Drive.
Laura Pethers, who took over as group scout leader from her dad Keith who stepped down after 10 years from the position in January 2018, is applying for grants to help with the new build and has set up a fundraising page asking for donations.
So if there are any groups or companies out there who want to help keep our youngsters on the straight and narrow and provide them with a purpose in life, please help.
The new hut would be for the community, not just for the scouts.
And without places like this for children, we can't be surprised if more hang around on the streets, getting up to mischief - or worse.