Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 31st May 2020
It's hard to believe that it's more than 8 weeks since the last group left Auchengillan and we took the decision to close both Auchengillan and 21 Elmbank Street to members of the public. While we have been unable to meet face2face, a wide ranging programme of work has been undertaken by the staff and volunteer team during this time and it's been a few weeks since our General Purposes sub-Committee (Scott Ballantyne, Regional Chair, Stuart Yuill, Regional vice-Chair, John Moffat CA, Regional Treasurer, Marion Rankin, Regional Commissioner and Gary Bainbridge, Chief Operating Officer) last updated you on the ongong work being undertaken since face2face Scouting stopped.
Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who has adapted the way in which you are delivering Scouting. We are delighted to see that so many sections have been undertaking activities online through Zoom, using #TheGreatIndoors and #CampAtHome materials and a whole variety of challenges. The General Purposes sub-Committee has been meeting regularly and maintained almost daily contact in between meetings to keep abreast of the information coming out from The Scouts and the Government about what we can and cannot do and to look at the challenges that face Clyde Region and its Groups and Districts.
For those Groups who own their own Scout Hall, you will be aware from the national call and emails from The Scouts and Scouts Scotland that there is funding support available, based on the rateable value of your Scout Hall. We have written to the Chief Executives of the 5 local authorities and are pleased to report that we are receiving positive responses from them. If you own your own Scout Hall and have not yet applied for funding from the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund or Coronavirus Business Support Fund, please do so via your local authority. It would be good to know whether or not Groups are being successful in receiving grants.
We have maintained regular contact with Scouts Scotland and our General Purposes sub-Committee will shortly be meeting with them to discuss how we can work closer together at this time of challenge. We have reviewed and discussed the content from the all members calls that were led by Tim Kidd and Matt Hyde from UKHQ to ensure that we are aware of the impact of the challenges that they are facing, on local Scouting.
Support for Groups and Districts continues to be available from the volunteer and staff team so please do get in touch if there is anything that we can do to assist you at this time. We have held a fortnightly drop-in cafe using Zoom with District Commissioners and members of the Regional Support team. We surveyed our membership to find out how we can support you at this time and arising from that have been sharing programme ideas on our social channels.
As Auchengillan and 21 Elmbank Street were closed to the public and once the details of the Job Retention Scheme were clarified, we furloughed members of our staff team to reduce our staffing costs. Our Treasurer, John Moffat and our Accountant, Ailsa Milne have been working tirelessly to look at the costs that Clyde Scouts incurs operationally in supporting Scouting, in running our regional office, at The Glasgow Scout Shop and at Auchengillan Outdoor Centre, to identify which of those costs we still need to incur and which can be deferred or cancelled in the interim. They are providing regular support to members of the General Purposes sub-Committee to enable us to steer our way through these challenges financially while minimising our financial risks. We have met with Scout Store to discuss and review the ongoing relationship between The Glasgow Scout Shop and them as they are both the supplier of many of our products and a competitor to our online business. The Glasgow Scout Shop continues to trade online with internet orders being dispatched regularly, supporting volunteers who continue to deliver programme activities. We have written to the Directors of Education of the 5 local authorities to engage with them in discussions about how Auchengillan Outdoor Centre can play its part in the delivery of outdoor learning as a phased return to school begins for our young people in August.
We submitted applications to Stirling Council and Glasgow City Council and have been successful in receiving funding from the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund with us receiving 100% of the available grant for Auchengillan and 75% of the available grant for 21 Elmbank Street as our second property. We have made a successful application to the Third Sector Resilience Fund for financial support for the salaries of the 3 members of staff who were not furloughed to allow us to maintain our basic finance, HR, administration and governance functions during this time.
We know that there are challenging times ahead for us all as we steer our way through the easing of restrictions and consider what future support for Scouting will look like. While the First Minister of Scotland has published the route map out of lockdown, we are still considering what this means for how we operate and of course guidance about how and when face2face Scouting might restart will come from The Scouts and Scouts Scotland in due course. There will be challenging discussions and difficult decisions in the weeks and months ahead as we look at how we might work towards achieving what we'd like to deliver balanced with how we can become financially sustainable again, in the time beyond lockdown. We will share more about these challenges and what the future looks like in further updates as the Trustees of Clyde Region consider our route map out of lockdown.
Thank you for all that you are doing and we hope that in the midst of this busy time for us all in Scouting and in our family and professional lives, you are taking time for yourselves. It feels as though on some days life is going even faster than it did before lockdown but this needs to be a marathon and not a sprint for us, so that we are ready for adjusting to life beyond lockdown.
If you have any questions in connection with what we have shared, please do get in touch via the regional office.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 23rd March 2020
Following the recent advice from the Prime Minister, the Scouts have suspended all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events for the time being.
Sadly, this means changes to our day to day operations for Clyde Scouts.
Auchengillan Outdoor Centre is now closed to customers and our staff team are going to be focusing on improving the Centre for your return and supporting our communities where we can.
We have decided to temporarily close The Glasgow Scout Shop to the public, with immediate effect for the time being. You can continue to place orders online at glasgowscoutshop.com and these will be dispatched without postage charges being applied.
The Regional Office is currently closed in line with Government advice about social distancing. Members of staff are working from home and enquiries by email will be dealt with. You can email email@example.com or leave a message on 0141 248 6022 and your message will be returned.
We'd like to thank everyone for their continued support.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 15th January 2020
At our Annual General Meeting in November 2019, proposals to expand membership of the Regional Scout Council were discussed and amendments were proposed from the floor.
It was agreed that the Regional Executive Committee would discuss the matter further before bringing proposals back to the Regional Scout Council.
In order to help inform that discussion, you are invited to answer a short questionnaire about your views on adult and young person membership of the Regional Scout Council here.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th December 2019
Dorothy and daughters Alison, Kirsteen and Carolyn would like to express their sincere thanks to all Scouting friends who attended the Service of Thanksgiving for Roy's life at Killermont Parish Church, Bearsden on Monday 11th November. It was indeed a great comfort to see so many at the service and it is with deep regret that Dorothy was unable to speak to everyone on this occasion and apologises to those concerned.
Many thanks also for the cards and letters received which have been greatly appreciated and the tributes to Roy which will be treasured.
The family extend their best wishes to everyone for a happy festive season and for health and happiness in 2020.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17th December 2019
The Regional office will close at 12noon on Tuesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on Friday 3rd January 2020.
The Glasgow Scout Shop will close at 5.30pm on Friday 20th December to allow for our annual pre-Christmas stock take and will reopen at 11am on Friday 3rd January 2020.
All orders placed up until 2pm on Friday 20th December will be dispatched that day. Any orders placed after 2pm may not be dispatched until after the shop reopens on January 3rd. Please note that we cannot guarantee orders being delivered in time for Christmas outwith the guidelines issues by the Post Office.
Auchengillan Outdoor Centre will close at 5pm on Monday 23rd December and reopen at 9am on Monday 6th January 2020.
We'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 19th October 2019
The last session of canoeing and kayaking at Pinkston for 2019 took place on October 1st after another busy year and here,Scout Active Support Manager, Don reflects on their activities.
Our last Groups were from 2nd Larkhall and 144th Glasgow having fun paddling on what was a very cold night. The Groups both accepted this late date having had to postpone their sessions due to unforeseen circumstances with the watersports centre at Pinkston earlier this year.
So what makes 2 full sessions of Scouts come paddling on a dark October night you may ask?
Or even more what makes the Scout Active Support volunteers give up their time away from there own family and Groups?
Quite simply its a fun time with a different approach to build your learning of paddlesports on the water. No matter what your age and ability we have something to offer at Pinkston. Our core teaching surrounds kayaks and individual paddling. We also do canoeing on occasion and this often suits our younger members who would struggle to paddle as an individual so they learn that it is often better to paddle as a team.
Don asked Lindsey the leader from 2nd Larkhall to write about her first experience coming as a group in the summer.
'2nd Larkhall Scout Group took up the opportunity to try the watersports activity at Pinkston in May. For some of the Group it was their first ever session of this kind. The instructors were great, first spending time out of the water getting familiar with the equipment and giving everyone a chance to ask questions. We weren’t kept waiting to get on the water and soon got to put things into practice.
The instructors got us through the basics, everyone quickly gaining confidence on the water and they soon had us performing basic manoeuvres in our kayaks. As the session progressed, we were encouraged to have fun and played some games.
Even though our group was a mixture of Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders, we were all able to take part and no one was made to feel left out.
The final task involved ‘rafting up’ which proved tricky for some and tested our confidence but no one was made to do anything they didn’t want to. Perhaps it helped, when I demonstrated how to fall in!'
Thanks to all for making it another memorable season at Pinkston and we look forward to another one next year.
If you are interested in bringing your group next year or are interested in the work of our Active Support Unit to gain further paddle skills please get in touch