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Celebrating and supporting volunteers

This weekend, we were lucky enough to meet some very special volunteers for some very special reasons.

Saturday started early as Ollie (UK Youth Commissioner), Matt (Chief Executive) and Tim (UK Chief Commissioner) went to 65 Queen’s Gate in London to meet new District Commissioners at an induction day. Matt and Tim discussed strategy and held a Q&A session, followed by a talk by Ollie on encouraging young people to shape their programme.

Meanwhile, Kester (Deputy UK Chief Commissioner), Alex (Chief Commissioner of England), Rhian (Chief Commissioner of Wales), Sharkey (Chief Commissioner of Scotland) and Stephen (Chief Commissioner of Northern Ireland) made their way to Westminster Abbey to meet the 1,000 Scout volunteers who were attending our service of thanksgiving, together with 1,000 Guide volunteers. The team (armed with umbrellas and raincoats) met people in the queue waiting to go into the Abbey, to say hello and thank them for all that they do. It was raining and windy, but that’s never much to worry Scouts and Guides.

After their meeting with the District Commissioners, Matt, Ollie and Tim rushed across London to join the rest of the team welcoming people in the Abbey queue. We all met some fantastic volunteers who’d done astonishing things in Scouts, shaping the lives of countless young people.

The main event was an amazing service in the Abbey to give thanks for all our volunteers. We were privileged to hear the stories of young Scouts and Guides about the impact of Scouts on their lives, and the sound of the choir soaring in the 1,050 year old building was inspiring.

After the service, we rushed across to the parliament restaurant to welcome this year’s recipients of the Silver Wolf with a special lunch. While the building is another awe-inspiring place, it was the volunteers and their astonishing stories that really made the afternoon.

But the day was not yet over – Kester rushed back across London after lunch to meet the District Commissioners on the induction day for another Q&A and to close the proceedings.

The day would not be possible without the work of so many people – volunteers and staff – who worked their socks off (often in the rain!). Thank you all.

We all felt that it was a privilege to meet so many people who have given so much to Scouts. Thank you to all those who came and thank you to every one of our volunteers. We really do appreciate all that you do.

Alex (Chief Commissioner of England), Kester (Deputy UK Chief Commissioner), Matt (Chief Executive), Rhian (Chief Commissioner of Wales), Sharkey (Chief Commissioner of Scotland), Stephen (Chief Commissioner of Northern Ireland), Tim (UK Chief Commissioner), and Ollie (UK Youth Commissioner).

 

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