Supporting our community

This Christmas our scout group will support two local charities. Our Pamper Hampers will be distributed to service users from Washington Mind and the Washington Community Food Bank

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Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

Washington Community Foodbank began in 2012 and is the only food bank in the town, covering the whole of Washington together with Springwell. It is run entirely by volunteers and relies on the goodwill of the community to provide emergency food parcels to people referred by the Job Centre, Gentoo, Health Agencies.

What goes in the hamper?

Beavers, cubs, scouts, explorer scouts and adult volunteers are collecting items for our boxes which measure 33cm x 25cm x 12cm.

We will make the boxes on 29th November (beavers at St. Andrews) and 4th December (cubs, scouts and explorer scouts).

Things to collect for the boxes: 

Food stuff - non perishable, tins, packets and small bottles. Please avoid glass jars if possible. 

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You could also include or donate a small gift, an unwanted present or something that you've bought to donate. Gifts can include:

Toys that children will immediately embrace such as dolls or stuffed toys (with CE label), toy trucks, harmonica, yo-yo, skipping rope, ball, small puzzles etc.


Stuffed animal or toy

Small musical instrument (such as a harmonica or recorder)

Small foam football or tennis ball

Finger puppets


Etch A Sketch

Skipping rope

Play-doh (you could add plastic cookie cutters as non-sharp utensils to use with it)

Small puzzles

Costume items to play dress-up, such as crowns and costume jewellery

Plastic toys and toy figures


Small Frisbee

Small kite

Pens, pencils & sharpeners, crayons or felt pens, stamps & ink pad sets, writing pads or notebooks & paper, solar calculators, colouring & picture books etc.

Stationery and drawing

Small manual pencil sharpener
Coloured pencils
Pencil Case
Felt Pens
Colouring pads
Colouring books
Picture book
Watercolour paint set (Finger paint palette, paint brushes, paper)
Chalkboard and chalk
Pre-inked Stampers

Toothbrush and toothpaste, bars of wrapped soap, comb or hairbrush, flannel.


Shower gel

Shaving foam

Toothbrush & Toothpaste


Bar soap (packaged and/or in a container)

Consider filling an empty container with non-liquid items such as hair bows, bracelets, sunglasses, or flannel to make use of the space)

Compact mirror

Nail Clipper & file

Stick deodorant

Hat, cap, gloves or scarf, sunglasses, hair accessories, jewellery set, wind up torch, wrapped sweets (best-before-date must be at least March of the following year).


Sunglasses (need the CE mark)

Small bag/purse

Hair bows or clips

Friendship bracelets (woven with yarn or embroidery thread)

Make-it-yourself craft items or kit

Small backpack, handbag or drawstring bag

Small Sewing kit & ribbon

Laminated decorative pictures with looped ribbon attached as a picture hanger

Please do not include:
Used or damaged items, war related items such as toy guns, play soldiers or knives; liquids or lotions of any type including bubbles; medicines; hand-made or knitted stuffed toys; anything of a political, racial or religious nature; sharp objects; glass containers or fragile items.