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A Week of Supporting Adults in Scouting

Kicked off the week by joining staff and volunteers involved with work at HQ to recognise their achievements through the St George’s Day awards and take the opportunity to thank them and their family and friends for what they do. A quick change and off to the Houses of Parliament where we were launching the next phase in our campaigning activities, aimed at encouraging Government and employers to recognise why volunteering is good for the economy and saves them money.

Adult Support

Another dash across London for a round table discussion with ten volunteers and staff from a variety of roles and areas across the Association to explore and debate how we might better support adults in Scouting. I enjoyed  a similar discussion on Thursday evening, this time with members of the current Adult Support national team who are leading a number of work streams in this area. Some of the topics covered included helping managers do those difficult tasks, how we might use mentoring and coaching, increasing the pool of candidates for roles, management and skills training and retention of current volunteers.

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts on how we can improve support for volunteers?

The Moot

I was lucky enough to kick off a weekend of meetings at Gilwell with a brief visit to join members of the UK Contingent to the World Scout Moot which will be held in Kenya this summer. The first time a world youth event has been organised in the Africa region, this is a great opportunity for 18-25 year old members to combine exploration of the African continent with the fun and adventure that Scouting across the world is uniquely placed to offer. I was also impressed that they were all up for breakfast when I popped back early Saturday morning and set them off on their first activity, an Urban Safari around central London!

And more meetings

We had our quarterly team meeting (UKCC Team) on Friday evening and Saturday morning where the main topics we discussed were our action plans for the year starting 1 April, reviewed progress on some projects we have started looking at safeguarding, the management of complaints, supporting GSLs and Groups;  plans for the next round of Development and Support Days (for ACC’s primarily), our plans to ensure Scouting is more inclusive and improving management and leadership within Scouting.

A quick change around at lunchtime on Saturday and we started a  workshop/training course for those of us involved in considering appeals against exclusion from members of the Movement.  We were joined for this by Joe, Principal Psychologist with the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) to help us understand a number of  behavioural characteristics of individuals.

We finished in time on Sunday for me to join a group of GSL’s from the East of England who had been enjoying an induction day at Gilwell for afternoon tea and to hear first hand of their challenges before closing their day.

Off to Leicester now to join them for their Centenary celebrations before heading back to Guernsey for a whole ten day break at home!




By Harvey
on 29/03/2010 22:27

Great to meet you at the Leicester Centenary event today, Scouting is Leicestershire is at a very exciting point... we hope to be able to show you more the next time you visit...

By Steve Smith
on 31/03/2010 09:01

On the subject of adult support, I liked the idea of a professional "HR" team to support the recruitment, appointment, induction and training processes, and also the more difficult and sensitive business of dealing with complaints, safeguarding etc. The support that the safeguarding team provide now to managers is fantastic, if that could be replicated across other areas, it would be a real help.

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