Non-member children Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance
South East Scotland Region has purchased the above policies on behalf of all Districts and Groups. These will be renewed annually.
This is a scheme for children (under 18 years old) who are not Members of The Scout Association, but who attend, or take part in, weekly meetings or events because they are accompanying their parent(s), or with other adults. This can also cover crêches opened by groups. The types of cover included are public liability and personal accident insurance.
If you require further information then please email firstname.lastname@example.org for copies of the policies.
Congratulations to Diane Ross on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her service to Scouting and to the community in Edinburgh.
Diane was a Leader for the Cub Scout 80th Birthday item in the Edinburgh Gang Show 1996, was instrumental in the organisation and running of the Junior Gang when it was established in 1997 and remains an ardent Gang Show supporter.
Her leadership and commitment to Gang Show, as well as many other responsibilities in Scouting, is inspirational. Thank you Diane for your service and here’s to many more years of Scouting fun!
From the Gang Show Facebook page
Are you keeping in touch?
Do you know about the InTouch system?
It is important that there are communication systems in place throughout all Scouting activities, allowing leaders to contact parents/carers and parents/carers to contact leaders. This is done through having an InTouch system in place, a system designed to be flexible and suit the needs of your activity, from a section meeting through to summer camp and trips aboard.
We used to have the Home Contact system, but now that (almost) everyone has mobiles, we can use them to keep in touch with everyone.
The Factsheet FS120075 includes a step-by-step approach guiding you through the process of setting up an InTouch system as well as further guidance on areas and issues to look at within this and suggestions on how these can be managed.
Key questions to ask yourself and your leadership team
- How will you and the other leaders hold the details of all those taking part in an event, and the contact details of their parents/next of kin, so that they can be accessed as required?
- What contact details of the leader or leadership team will you give to the parents?
- What advice or guidelines will be given to parents as to the how to contact the event and when / why communication is expected or appropriate?
Please read the Factsheet to understand how the system works. It really is important to have one in place!
And let’s hope you will never need to contact your Commissioner or their designate in the case of an emergency (as per POR Chapter 7 – Emergency Procedures) at any point during your events.
Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland
Do we make an impact? Yes, we do!
Scouting in our Region has never been stronger or made more of an impact. Leaders and supporters report higher life satisfaction, self-esteem and mental wellbeing. The latest figures and research show this dramatically.
Adventure is at the core of Scouting, and we actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. We offer over 200 activities from abseiling and coding to drama and archery. All made possible by the efforts of more than 2,000 adults in our Region.
We now have 7037 young people and 2313 adults – leaders and supporters – according to the latest annual membership figures released in the 2018 Census. This is nearly 1,000 more young people and a 75% increase in adults since 2013. In every section we have increased our numbers, particularly Explorers whose numbers have grown by 28% to 682 in 2018.
So, we now have 9350 members in our Region. What an achievement! Well done all of us!
And new research from the Scout Association also shows a strong correlation between volunteering and mental wellbeing. The vast majority of adults believe their life satisfaction (70%) and self-esteem (66%) have improved since signing up to volunteer, with reduced feelings of loneliness (42%) and stress (33%) also reported. Nearly two thirds (65%) of adults also stated that since beginning volunteer work they have developed useful work skills, with 59% saying they feel more confident and 54% feeling more motivated in their jobs.
Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner for South East Scotland, said:
“It is great to see such a positive picture for Scouting in our Region, for young people, leaders and supporters. It is a huge achievement.
And most of this is down to our amazing leaders. As one of the Scotland’s leading youth charities, we’re acutely aware of the importance of all the leaders and supporters in South East Region who give up their time every single day to help others. With the majority of volunteers saying they feel more motivated, confident and more skilled as a result of the work they do with us, it’s not just those they’re helping who benefit.
But we have over 1,000 young people on our waiting lists. That’s a great testimony to how popular Scouting is in our Region. We are now going to do our best to involve more adults as leaders so that we can offer excellent opportunities for adventurous activities to even more young people.”
Adam Bennett, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement) for South East Scotland, said:
“When I first joined Scouts, I was incredibly worried that I didn’t know anyone and wouldn’t make any friends. After 7 years of Scouting, some of my greatest memories are with my Scout friends. And as a leader now, my role is quite simple – to try and give young people the amazing opportunities I had. With Youth Involvement, it is even better because it’s always constantly talking with young people in the Region. They lead me as much as I help and guide them and together we all have much more fun and learn more skills which we can use in life.”
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout, said:
“I am so proud that The Scout Association UK continues to see so many young people and adult volunteers signing up to not only have fun, experience adventures but also learn skills for life. And that applies to both the young people and volunteers! Even though we have had record numbers of adults joining the Movement we still have 57,000 young people who want to join and gain new skills but are unable to do so. If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people, feel more motivated and confident and learn some new skills, then please give Scouting a go.”
So we are doing a great job and we plan to keep on doing just that from 2018 onwards!
Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts
New logo for SES Scouts
Message from Martin Elliot, Deputy Regional Commissioner
Thank you to all who took part in our consultation on a new Regional logo. We have now received clarification that local variations to the logo are not permitted, which means that Logo 1 will become the new Regional logo. From the responses received to the consultation so far, Logo 1 was the most popular.
As your Regional team we are keen to engage with the Regional membership as much as possible so we encourage you to let us know your ideas and opinions on how to take South East Scotland Scouts forward and to look out for other opportunities like this in the future.
Original article below
As you will have hopefully seen, the Scouts last month released its new strategy, Skills for Life, and to support the strategy they have released updated branding, including a new logo.
The Regional Commissioner and Regional Chair along with their teams are currently working on how we implement the new Strategy locally and will be looking to engage with members across the Region to make sure that our Regional Strategy supports the Groups and Districts who provide Scouting for young people across South East Scotland.
However, one change that we are looking to make is to update the Region’s logo to reflect the updated brand. Thanks to the work of Adam Bennett, Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement), we have created 3 possible logos for the Region and would like your views on which we should use going forward.
To participate, you have 3 possible options:
- E-mail email@example.com with your feedback on the logos.
- Feedback on Facebook by adding to the Thread on the Region’s Facebook Page.
- Feedback on Twitter by replying to the Logo tweet.
The consultation will remain open until the end of June with the new Regional branding being rolled out in the new term.