#YouthShaped Nelsons Journey

Norfolk Scouts and Nelson’s Journey are working together.

Norfolk Scouts and Nelson’s Journey are pleased to announced an innovative partnership project, which seeks to deliver benefits to Norfolk’s bereaved children and young people through Scouting.

Nelson’s Journey support children & young people living in Norfolk after the death of someone significant in their life

We’re aiming to support children and young people to develop their self-esteem following the death of a significant person in their lives by having the opportunity to experience the positive benefits of Scouting.

The idea came from one of Nelson’s Journey young volunteers, Aaron, as he felt meeting peers though the medium of Scouting was a great way to help children feel they are not alone

The project will create ‘1st Smiles Scout Group’ which will be open to all children and young people referred to Nelson’s Journey who are already involved in Scouting or who may wish to join Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts.

Both organisations are always striving to find new and innovative ways to engage children and young people in positive activities, which will hopefully improve children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The project will offer the opportunity for children and young people to take part in fun and enjoyable activities, as well as meet others who have experienced bereavement.’

Simon Wright, Chief Executive of Nelson’s Journey, said: “By working with Norfolk Scouts, we can pursue new ways of bringing back smiles to Norfolk’s bereaved children. Many of the children and young people that we work with benefit enormously from meeting with others of a similar age who are also bereaved, and understanding that they are not alone in their experiences. The 1st Smiles Scout Group will provide an excellent opportunity to help young people to build their self-esteem and learn new skills, while meeting others who have experienced the death of a special person.”

Matthew Burrell, County Commissioner for Norfolk Scouts, said: “We’ve been really excited about the prospect of working together with Nelson’s Journey. Both our organisations have at our heart the purpose of enabling young people to develop relationships, help each other and become more resilient. Nelson’s Journey supports children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, there is an absolute opportunity for the Scouts to help out providing safe spaces to learn new skills, build their unique character and mix with others as they map out their new futures.”

Last year Nelson’s journey received 852 calls to their support line. Nelson’s Journey aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of bereaved children by: increasing their confidence and self belief, providing education about the causes of death, enabling families to talk openly about their bereavement. The charity provides opportunities to remember those who have died and help children to express and understand their emotions.

Nelson’s Journey offers bereavement awareness training to professionals so that they have an increased awareness and understanding of the issues faced by children and young people experiencing bereavement. This training will be made available to Norfolk Scout leaders


If any members of Norfolk Scouts have any questions about this project or wish to find out more – follow this link, or If you would like to get involved with this project, please get in touch.

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