The Halifax Boys’ Brigade has been getting involved with the 30th Volunteers Week. There are currently over 100 Adults Volunteers who all give up their time so that the 300 members of the Halifax Boys’ Brigade can benefit from the wonderful organisation.
There are 12 different Companies throughout Calderdale who meet each week to share in a wide range of fun and exciting activities in a safe and secure environment. All of this is down to the hard work put in by the Volunteers.
Not only does the Boys’ Brigade have Adult Volunteers but it encourages Teenagers to put something back into their Organisation through the 2 highest Awards that any member can gain in the BB. These are the Presidents Badge, and the Queens Badge. To gain the Queens Badge a teenager needs to put at least 30 hours voluntary work into their Boys’ Brigade Company.
On top of this they have to go out into the Community and support another activity / cause for an additional 30 hours. This Summer there will be around 12 Young Men who will be awarded their Queens Badge. 8 of them have come from the 20th Halifax Company – based next to the Police Station at Salem Methodist Church.
Their Company Captain, George Bowers MBE says that he has never known such a large group of lads gain their Queens Badge Award from one Company in a single year. He’s been captain for many years now and he says that he is amazed and highly impressed by the dedication the lads have shown.
The Halifax Boys’ Brigade has been out and about during the 2014 Volunteers week. Tuesday 3rd June they were outside Marks and Spencers Store in Halifax town Centre showing the passing members of the public what Boys’ Brigade has to offer. Again on Friday 6th June they were out in Elland Market Place doing the same thing.
On Wednesday 4th June the Boothtown Boys’ Brigade opened its doors to members of the public who wanted to come and see what Volunteering in the Boys’ Brigade is all about!
Robert Batty (Battalion Secretary) says it’s really important that we get some more Volunteers to come and help out. This organisation has been a massive part of Calderdale for over 100 years and we want it to be around for another 100 years! All our Volunteers no matter what age will agree when I say that Volunteering in the Boys’ Brigade is both enjoyable and rewarding! I strongly encourage more people to come get involved!