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Matt Hyde OBE, Chief Executive of the Scouts UK, on the power of volunteering and 'The Big Help Out'

In this episode of the Do One Better podcast, Matt Hyde OBE, the Chief Executive of Scouts UK, shares his insights on the transformative power of volunteering and the successful initiative "The Big Help Out."

Matt discusses the genesis of the initiative, the challenges faced, and the remarkable results achieved. He emphasizes the importance of fostering cross-sector collaborations, the impact of innovative public engagement campaigns, and the significance of pro-social behaviors in building a cohesive society.

Matt delves into the success of the Big Help Out, which brought together a diverse range of organizations and individuals, engaging millions of participants in various volunteering activities. He highlights the need for continued innovation and inclusivity, stressing the importance of breaking beyond traditional volunteering models and adapting to the changing needs and preferences of volunteers.

The conversation touches upon key learnings from the initiative, including the significance of local community engagement and the value of planting seeds of volunteering in individuals who may not have previously considered it. Matt also shares insights on overcoming skepticism and the importance of balancing feedback with a strong conviction in one's vision.

The episode concludes with an exploration of future plans for the initiative and the potential for continued impact and social change through collaborative efforts.

Key Topics:

  • The genesis of the "Big Help Out" initiative

  • Engaging diverse organizations and individuals in volunteering

  • Navigating challenges and skepticism in driving social change

  • Leveraging cross-sector collaborations and public engagement campaigns

  • Innovating volunteering models and fostering inclusivity

  • Promoting local community engagement and building social cohesion

  • Lessons learned and key takeaways for driving impactful initiatives

About Matt Hyde OBE

Matt Hyde OBE is Chief Executive of Scouts, the UK’s largest youth movement.

Formerly Chief Executive of the National Union of Students (NUS), he's undertaken a number of leadership roles in the charity sector and as Chief Executive of the Scouts has contributed to a period of record membership growth since he joined in 2013.

He's overseen the development and delivery of a rebrand, award-winning campaigns and has spearheaded work to support the growth of Scouting in areas of deprivation.

Matt is also a trustee of Comic Relief, a Patron of UNLOCK (the charity for people with convictions) and was previously Vice-Chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

He developed the world’s first degree apprenticeship for social change which launched at Queen Mary University of London in 2019.

Matt was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years Honours List and an Honorary Fellowship from Queen Mary University of London in 2012.

He was named as one of the 25 most influential charity sector leaders by Charity Times in 2019.


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