Be prepared to 'Be the Difference'

‘Be Prepared’ was the motto the Scottish Hydro Electric Transmission (SHE Transmission) team from Durham as they embarked on their ‘Be the Difference’ day in their local community.

As cub scouts are usually grouped into packs of six, it seemed fitting that it was a six-strong team that tackled the project of repainting the church hall - which doubles up as the local scout den - at the St Giles Church in Gilesgate, Durham.

The 4th Durham (Gilesgate) Scout Group has been in existence in the area since 1926, offering scouting activities for the local community and benefitting children aged from 6 to 8-years-old. The hall they use was greatly in need of a spruce up, having been condemned but then rescued and repaired over twenty years ago. 

Tim Fletcher, a Project Manager for Transmission Major Projects in Durham has volunteered as Cub Scout Leader for the 4th Durham (Gilesgate) Scout Group for the last ten years. He said: “It’s costly to maintain these buildings, so we thought if we got a team together who could work for the day, we could make a huge difference. The scouts use the hall from Monday through to Thursday and have done for many years now, so we wanted to do all we could to help preserve the building for at least another generation of youngsters interested in the scouting movement and the local community.”

“We might not have gained an activity badge for our efforts, but just being able to help in this way in our community has been enough and it gave us all a real boost to see the result of our day’s work,” he added.

The materials and tools needed to repaint the church hall had already been paid for by the 4th Durham (Gilesgate) Scout Group, but they needed to then pay for the labour to carry out the work and that’s where Tim and his SHE Transmission colleagues stepped in.

The Vicar of St Giles’, Reverend Canon Dr Alan Barlett thanked the group for helping to give the hall the lift it needed, saying: “Thank you from our Church Council to you and your colleagues for the superb job you did in redecorating the outside of the Hall. We really appreciate this community support from SHE Transmission.”

Since the launch of SSE's ‘Be the Difference’ volunteering programme, it has helped over 2,500 projects, with SHE Transmission’s employees dedicating their time to projects that matter in the communities where they live and work.

For more information please visit our Be the Difference page.