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Chief Commissioner's Blog | A varied week!

BLOG 18.03.16
This week, Wayne took part in a huge variety of activities which demonstrate what the Movement is all about.

A varied week!

The life of your UKCC is nothing if not varied.  I returned from Oman in time to make it to Gilwell Park to join the latest of our District Commissioner induction days.  Fifty DCs from across England and Wales had gathered for a packed programme on Monday to introduce them to the work of headquarters, the support available and to share ideas and information pertaining to their crucial roles in supporting local Scouting. 

For my part, it was an opportunity to kick off the day with some headlines and to answer questions they had on a wide range of topics from practical support to our current strategy, opportunities and challenges.

As always, a day at Gilwell was also an opportunity to catch up with a number of colleagues and current work streams.

Connecting with nature

Tuesday saw me at a meeting hosted by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the subject of 'connecting children to nature and the environment'.  We were joined by colleagues from a wide variety of charities involved in nature, the environment and young people to discuss how best the department might achieve their objective of better engagement of young people.

Making things happen

A quick catch up with the media team to discuss how we might best make the most of our latest 'good news' story before heading off to have dinner with Mark Tarry, Chief Commissioner of England, to discuss the key projects that he is responsible for, as varied as POR rewrite, supporting the fundraising and partnership teams, our growth strategy, Cubs 100 celebrations and much more!

A WOW day

Wednesday saw me at the SSE Arena, Wembley, celebrating WE Day with 12,000 young people, primarily from around England who had been nominated by their schools to attend the national celebration.  In addition to being entertained by stars such as Rita Ora, Fleur East, Labrinth (I’m grateful to Hannah for telling me who these people are!) they heard an equal number of truly inspiring stories from individuals who have made a difference in their local communities through their own actions.

Truly inspiring jigsaws

All in all, another truly inspiring week encompassing the wide variety of elements of this role that make it all happen, from the direct support of local Section and Unit leaders, engagement with Government and outside agencies and the work of headquarters, all capped by the inspiring stories of young people who tell us what it is really all about.



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