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  • Could you support water activities at Pinkston?

    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.

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  • Vacancy for Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training)

    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:

    • Create and manage an annual calendar of training events including dates, venues, participants numbers and staffing.
    • Manage a group of Regional Trainers, including ensuring that they have completed appropriate training.
    • Support and advise Assistant District Commissioner's (Adult Training) in our 8 Districts.

    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.

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  • Our Young People Yield the Way for Change

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 20th November 2017

    Iona Brownlie

    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.

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  • Meet Deputy Regional Commissioner, Simon

    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.

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  • Meet Deputy Regional Commissioner, Carslaw

    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.

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  • Blog: Great Western Leader's weekend

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 26th October 2017

    Our adult volunteers are at the heart of all that goes on in Scouting across Clyde Region so it was great to see that Great Western District recently held a weekend to support their development at Auchengillan.

    This is the third of such events that we have run over the past 10 years,' said Anne Law, District Commissioner 'and they have proved extremely popular with approximately 50 attendees each time.' She continued, 'we felt that there is a gap in the official volunteer training with not enough time for practical skills, so our events are skills and knowledge sharing, with bases being run by Leaders from Groups in the District as well as guests from Clyde Scouts and Scouts Scotland.'

    The weeend commenced on Saturday morning with a session about group development, led by Deputy Chief Commissioner Stuart Imrie and in between the practical sessions, participants enjoyed a variety of plenary talks from Activities Adviser, Claire Taylor, a member of Clyde Region Hills Team and the South Western District-led Gang Show.

    The majority of the Saturday and also on Sunday morning were bases of Map and Compass, Duke of Edinburgh's Award, a tour of Auchengillan, OSM, crafts, Nights Away Permits, fire lighting, backwoods cooking, food hygiene, camp gadgets, axe & saw, scout games and circuits, planning sleepovers, Cub Camp programmes, camp kitchen set up and Going Abroad.

    We had special visitors on Sunday, as our Scout team from the 183rd Glasgow who gained third place in the National Camping Competition joined us to teach camp gadgets, youth led Scouting!

    We had a chance to relax and socialise on the Saturday evening, which gave everyone a chance to get to know each other and increase the support and friendship, which will enhance our future programmes and increase sharing of ideas and joint events.

    We gave an opportunity for leaders to share their ideas with the District team about what they want for future events and support.

    It was a great weekend and I highly recommend that other districts give this a go!

    Special thanks to the Scouts Scotland Development Fund which awarded us a grant to cover the cost of the accommodation and some of the food and to our District Executive for funding the balance meaning the event could run with no charge to the leaders.

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  • A night of celebration for 30th Lanarkshire (St John's Church) Scout Group

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 18th October 2017

    The 30th Lanarkshire (St John's Church) Scout Group recently held a night of celebration and fun involving all sections in the Group as they held their recent Annual General Meeting (AGM).

    The AGM was very well attended and the Executive Committee were pleased to accept new members offers to help with the running of the Group. Official business was swiftly concluded so that the focus of the night could turn to fun and celebration, with the Beetle Drive acting as a focus for the evening and providing an opportunity to raise over £130 for the Group.

    In between rounds five new Beaver Scouts were invested, followed by seventeen new Cub Scouts which is a record for the Group if not in the District or Region.

    Group Scout Leader Judy Trayner was delighted to perform another first for the Group, the award of the Chief Scout's Platinum Award to two members of its partnered Explorer Scout Unit.

    Judy said 'the 30th Lanarkshire Scout Group is going from strength to strength, our new Beaver colony already has over 20 Beavers as well as a waiting list and we invested SEVENTEEN Cubs tonight. I was very proud to award two Chief Scout's Platinum awards to two young people who are a fantastic asset to our Group and who are good role models for our younger members.'

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  • Join our team as Assistant Manager in The Glasgow Scout Shop

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 29th September 2017

    Role: Assistant Manager

    Salary: £17,000

    Working hours: Any 5 days from 7, 37 1/2hrs per week.

    The Glasgow Scout Shop isnít your average retail outlet. We supply a range of Scouting and entry level outdoors products for our membership and their families to support them on their life changing experiences.

    The store is a fast-paced environment, serving customers who visit us and processing a high volume of internet orders as well as assisting customers to source products that they need for their next activity.

    Weíve grown the business substantially in recent years and are passionate about doing even more so weíre looking for someone with a hunger to make a difference to join our team.

    Youíll be ready to lead part of the operation while the Shop Manager is here and at times take the reins fully and lead the entire team. Outstanding customer service is at the heart of our operation and youíll be an excellent communicator who can multi-task while ensuring quality and consistency is maintained at all times and with the enthusiasm to ensure that we have a happy team, even happier customers and an efficient, high-quality shop.

    To apply, please read the job description and person specification and send us a copy of your CV with a covering letter exploring why youíre the right person to join our team and how you meet the person specification.

    Closing date: Monday 16th October 2017 at 12noon.

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  • Join our Executive Committee

    Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 24th August 2017

    Would you like to help shape direction or make a difference to Scouting in Clyde Region?

    Weíre looking for volunteers to stand for election to the Regional Executive Committee and become a Trustee of the Charity.

    Whatís the Regional Executive Committee, do I have anything to offer and what might I get out of it?

    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.

    But what does that mean in practice?

    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 £2million per year.

    But Iíve never been on a board or a committee before?

    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.

    So, interested? We have 4 vacancies this year, 1 of which will be a 1 year commitment , 1 of which will be a 2 year commitment and 2 of which will be a 3 year commitment.

    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 25 September 2017, click here.

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