Creating a Global Movement: Matt Hyde on the Worldwide Reach of Scouting - Matt Hyde

Unveiling the untold story of a man whose life has been forever intertwined with the power of community and belonging. Meet Matt Hyde, Chief Executive of Scouts, a man who knows the challenges and rewards of membership organizations like no other. But what sets him apart is the unexpected twist that left him with a shortage of volunteers and a waiting list of eager young individuals. How will Matt's journey in Scouts unfold? Brace yourself for a tale of transformation, resilience, and the unyielding human need to belong.

My special guest is Matt Hyde

Matt Hyde is the CEO of the Scout Movement and brings a wealth of experience in the membership sector. With his background at the National Union of Students and various membership bodies, Matt has a deep understanding of the power of community and belonging. He has witnessed firsthand the passion, engagement, and sense of association that comes with membership organizations. At the Scout Movement, Matt oversees the engagement of over 570,000 members, including both youth and adult volunteers. With a focus on skills development and experiential learning, Matt and his team are dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive environment where young people can thrive. Join us as Matt shares his insights on the power of volunteering and the impact it can have on individuals and communities.

“Membership has kind of flowed through my veins, you could say throughout my whole life.”
- Matt Hyde

In this episode, you will be able to:

  • Discover the power of volunteering in membership organizations and how it can create a positive impact on both the organization and the community.
  • Unleash the potential of building a strong sense of community and belonging within your organization to attract and retain dedicated volunteers.
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities involved in recruiting volunteers, and learn effective strategies to overcome them and build a strong volunteer base.
  • Create flexible and meaningful volunteer experiences that accommodate the diverse needs and schedules of volunteers, ensuring their engagement and long-term commitment.
  • Master the art of engaging and retaining volunteers by implementing strategies that recognize and appreciate their contributions, fostering a culture of appreciation and loyalty.

Exploring Challenges and Opportunities

Maintaining the interest of members and volunteers in today's digitally-driven world poses significant challenges. Understanding what motivates potential volunteers, along with incorporating digital platforms to enhance the volunteer experience, can yield remarkable results. While there are hurdles to overcome, the opportunities for growth and interaction offered by modern technology are immense, enabling organizations to attract and retain volunteers dynamically and effectively.

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