Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 12th June 2019
Role: Sales Assistant
Location: The Glasgow Scout Shop
Salary: £8.21 per hour
Hours of work: As required
We're looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic team members to join our staff team in The Glasgow Scout Shop.
Every day we dispatch hundreds of items of books, badges and uniforms to parents of youth members and Scouting volunteers from around the UK and further afield.
You will be responsible for picking and packing online orders and providing sales assistance to customers in The Glasgow Scout Shop as well as assisting the Scout Shop Team Leader with the general running of the Shop.
You will have excellent attention to detail in picking, packing and dispatching orders, ensuring that our customers get everything that they've ordered first time and a good level of communication skills to help you interact with people from different backgrounds.
Do you have a passion for excellent customer service and a good knowledge of Scouting?
Please send your CV and a covering letter helping us to see why you're the person to join our team to email@example.com by Friday 28th June 2019.
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. Thatís where weíre looking for enthusiastic Explorer Scouts to join us!
Youíll take part in all the activities too, but at the same time youíll be helping one of the young people to also take part. Youíll work as part of a Patrol with five or six other Explorers and a team of experienced leaders so you donít need to have any previous experience working with disabled people.
Weíre looking for Explorers who are enthusiastic, patient and have an interest in helping others. Weíll provide some training for all the rest! More than half of our volunteers are aged 14 to 18 so youíll 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 youíre not sure if itís 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
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.