Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 14th September 2018
Weíre 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 bitÖ 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 donít 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 doesnít matter, we can train and support you to grow in to the role. Youíll get an induction training evening with the Chair and Secretary and then weíll 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.
Itís good to have a mixture of experienced and new members.
Whilst anyone who is eligible can opt to stand for election, weíre 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.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 21st June 2018
For more than four years, Clyde Scouts has been offering easy access to canoeing and kayaking in Glasgow, through Pinkston Watersports based in the North of Glasgow City Centre.
The team that deliver these sessions is a volunteer Scout Active Support Unit who coordinate the sessions with the staff in the Regional Office and organise a rota of kayak and canoe instructors to deliver sessions between 6pm and 8pm and 8pm and 10pm every week.
Are you a keen kayaker or canoeist who might be prepared to join this team on a Tuesday evening? We're looking to grow the team of volunteers to help continue this excellent facility.
Please contact Gary in the Regional Office if you'd be interested in joining this team.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 1st June 2018
Later this year, Ann Gordon will step down from the role of Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training) after more than a decade in post.
We're looking for a successor to step in to this important role that supports our volunteers to be equipped wth the skills to carry out their roles in Groups and Districts across Clyde.
The main tasks of this role are:
A more detailed role description and nomination form can be found here.
The programme of adult training for 2018/19 has now been agreed and the new post holder will have time to liaise with Ann before she steps down.
If you'd like to discuss this role, nominate someone or express an interest in it, please contact Gary in the Regional Office by Monday 18th June.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 20th November 2017
Member of the Regional Youth Advisory Group, Iona Brownlie relfects on their first full meeting held recently.
At the beginning of the month, Clyde Region's Youth Advisory Group (RYAG) met at Auchengillan Outdoor centre for their first official meeting. Within the meeting the group elected its Chair, James Gallagher from the 28th Glasgow, Vice-Chair ZoŽ Jordan and Secretary Emma McLea from 1st Lenzie. James is now the first ever Regional Youth Commissioner for Clyde Region. Congratulations to James, ZoŽ, and Emma on their election.
At its meeting, the Group discussed how to encourage the young people of the Region to take part in more events. The Group was split up and together they came up with activities to get the youth members of Clyde Region more involved and this included discussion on whether a weekend or a day event would be more successful. After the hard work the Group were then treated to a spot of rifle shooting provided by Mark from the Auchengillan team.
The RYAG are now working towards an activity day to encourage the youth members of Clyde to become more involved in Scouting. The RYAG hopes to encourage Clyde to become more #youthshaped and under the watchful eye of Regional Commissioner Marion Rankin and Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement), Euan Waddell it is bringing the Scouts from across the Region together to ensure that they as young people are at the front of all that is Clyde Region.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 7th November 2017
Name: Simon Robb
Role: Deputy Regional Commissioner (14-25 Programme)
How long have you been involved in Scouting? Since I was a cub, 30+ years ago.
Favourite Scouting memory: hard to choose just one, but probably leading my Jamboree Unit, complete with pipers, into the opening ceremony of the World Scout Jamboree in Japan.
#iScout because I want to ensure that more of the 14-25 age group has access to quality Scouting.
When not Scouting, I'm a fan of Deacon Blue and was lucky to catch them at their end of tour gig at the famous Glasgow Barrowlands last year.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 7th November 2017
Name: Carslaw Purdie (aka Blakey)
Role: Deputy Regional Commissioner
How long have you been involved in Scouting? Joined at 8 (no Beavers back then), so in total 53 years.
Favourite Scouting memory: heading to San Diego with 37 Scouts and 5 leaders.
#iScout because Scouting DOES make a difference and I wish to be part of those supporting Groups and Districts in Clyde Region to make the difference.
When not Scouting, I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren and I like to travel the world with my job. Fab food is rib eye steak when in USA and the best holiday destination is Tenerife. I also watch Sky Sports a lot.