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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Getting things done

Wayne's had a busy week getting involved with a variety of tasks across all aspects of the Movement.

Doing the ‘stuff’

There is always lots of ‘stuff’ that needs doing.  Locally this might be planning Programmes, admin, activities, premises etc.  Nationally, in much the same way, my past week has included a wide variety of ‘stuff’ such as different meetings, conversations and discussions.

Looking around us

I’ve met with several external organisations over the past week; it’s always interesting to explore other people’s approaches to issues and opportunities of mutual interest. In the past week I joined Action for Happiness, Carers Trust and The Diana Award – interestingly each, in some way, is operating in areas of which Scouting can and does in most cases provide part of a solution – personal well-being, supporting carers (especially those who are young), anti-bullying and personal development of young people respectively.

Remaining strong and fit for purpose

I’ve also spent time this week in workshops helping to develop our five year financial strategy and reviewing our governance structure, and I chaired the first meeting of the International Commissioner Search Group.

All about Programme

The youth Programme featured highly this week too, with a meeting of lead Programme staff and volunteers from around the UK gathering for a workshop at BP House.  It was a good opportunity to catch up with colleagues.  Specific topics included feedback on the programme refresh, practical support, Cubs 100 and Network Reboot etc.  As always it’s a chance also to share good practice.

Saying ‘hi’

It’s always great to be able to say hello to groups visiting BP House, and this weekend saw the 43rd Northampton drop in on their way to Downing Street in an action packed 30th anniversary adventure weekend.

The journey

The Muslim Scout Fellowship extended their successful Olympics this year by holding the event in Manchester as well as London, enabling more groups and young people than ever before to participate.  In talking to the leaders, from both long established and very recent groups I was encouraged by some of the examples on integration with Districts and teams which is emerging.  A great sign for the future.



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