Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 24th May 2019
This summer a group of 35 young people will go on a summer camp to Meggernie Scout Adventure Centre in Glen Lyon for a week of activities and adventure.
Unlike most Scouts, these young people need some support so they can fully take part in all the activities. That’s where we’re looking for enthusiastic Explorer Scouts to join us!
You’ll take part in all the activities too, but at the same time you’ll be helping one of the young people to also take part. You’ll work as part of a Patrol with five or six other Explorers and a team of experienced leaders so you don’t need to have any previous experience working with disabled people.
We’re looking for Explorers who are enthusiastic, patient and have an interest in helping others. We’ll provide some training for all the rest! More than half of our volunteers are aged 14 to 18 so you’ll be part of a team very similar to you.
This is a particularly good opportunity for anyone completing Duke of Edinburgh Gold (it will count as your Residential Experience) or for anyone with an interest in studying medicine, nursing, teaching or anything similar.
The dates are Saturday 29th June (leaving from Glasgow in the morning) back on Saturday 6th July. The fee for the week is £90 but this can be reduced if anyone has any difficulty paying. The camp will be at Meggernie near Aberfeldy with day trips to nearby cities and a full programme across the week.
Full details are available from Michael Shanks by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or giving him a call on 07880777324. Even if you’re not sure if it’s for you but want to find out more please get in touch!
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 6th May 2019
Blue Cross, the charity dedicated to helping sick, injured and homeless pets has offered a national free education service to children aged 5-12 since 2005. Using their network of fully-trained and checked volunteers we have seen over 100,000 young people last year. Their talks are not a fundraising initiative but are part of our programme of information and education.
Talks can be to large groups or made age-appropriate for smaller groups of children. The programme is particularly appropriate to areas such as Animal related activity badges. Talks can be given on subjects such as:
Some of their volunteers have temperament-assessed dogs with them, and all carry a number of resources to help make the message of the Blue Cross a fun and interesting experience.
These walks can be tailored to assist Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts working on their Animal Carer and Animal Friend badges.
Availability of talks is dependent upon the availability of our speakers, so please contact me (Sue Malin) direct to make a booking during term-time at email@example.com or 0300 111 8950. More information on responsible pet care and a booking form can be found at www.bluecross.org.uk/education
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th September 2018
We’re looking for volunteers to stand for election to the Regional Executive Committee and become a Trustee of the Charity.
All good questions!
So, the formal bit… The Regional Executive Committee is responsible for managing the affairs of the Region, for supporting the Regional Commissioner in meeting the responsibilities of his appointment and for providing support for Scout Districts, Groups, Explorer Scout Units and Scout Network Units across the Region.
The committee meets four times a year and is responsible for overseeing the running of The Glasgow Scout Shop, Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and the regional office. In addition, it sets a development plan or strategy to look at how we might support local Scouting.
The committee discusses potential new developments for Auchengillan Outdoor Centre and ideas for events and activities, gets updates on accounts and budgets for all operations and manages risk (anything bad) that we might be exposed to.
We also look at challenges that are occurring within Scouting and how we can support more young people, regardless of their background to be given the opportunity to join Scouting.
Lots of people don’t realise it but members of the Executive Committee are to some extent overseeing a business with a turnover of more than £1million per year.
That doesn’t matter, we can train and support you to grow in to the role. You’ll get an induction training evening with the Chair and Secretary and then we’ll discuss what other skills you feel would be useful to you.
Additionally, some people opt to join committees because of skills that they already have in management, governance, communications, HR or risk management.
It’s good to have a mixture of experienced and new members.
Whilst anyone who is eligible can opt to stand for election, we’re keen to encourage applications from adult leaders and Scout Network members aged 18 to 23 as we would like two of our trustees from that age group and it would be good to increase our female representation on the committee as well.
For an informal chat about the role, you can contact Gary in the regional office.
For more information about the nomination process, click here.
To complete a nomination form or self nomination, which should be returned to Gary Bainbridge in the Regional Office by 15 October 2018, click here.