NEW Borders Communication Team

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We are looking for a District Team Lead and a Communications person in EACH of our 12 active Scout Groups. Is that you?

This is a non-uniformed role and likely to only take a couple of hours a month to help promote Scouting using a variety of media and community channels. Simples!

We’re the talkers, the sharers and filmmakers (but you don’t need experience). We communicate with members and the public, promote all the good things Scouts do and create great content. 
This is an exciting and fresh role with lots of scope for personal development.


The Scottish Borders Scout District has 12 active Scout Groups in Peebles, Cardrona, Kelso, Jedburgh, Galashiels, Hawick, Selkirk, West Linton, Melrose, Eyemouth, Lauder and Earlston. This is ideal for home working and can fit in comfortably around your family, work and personal schedules.

No Scouting experience, no problem! No communications or marketing skills, no problem! Some interest or knowledge in marketing and communications skills are desirable for the right person to enjoy this position. If you have a can-do attitude, willing to try and get stuck in – bingo!


We wish to make more use of local outreach for positive and proactive news stories to support our 12 Groups. This could, as an example, include websites, social media accounts and working with local media or community contacts. Effective communication involves a range of tasks and skills, most often undertaken by a team or by a single individual with multiple talents. We wish to create a communications team to enable a number of areas to be broken down into smaller tasks. Sounds great, well it is! We have a plan, we just need a new Communications Team – that’s where you come in!

This role is perfect for you if you are:
  • > Passionate about planning, delivering and measuring the impact of clear communications
  • > Curious about or knowledgeable in digital channels or communications in general
  • > Have a keen interest in seeing how we can use digital platforms to better engage with our audiences
  • > Experienced or curious about using email marketing platforms to build and develop email campaigns
  • > What about the CMS of a website to make updates? Want to learn?
  • > Are you confident in the safe handling of personal data and can work well with data insights to find ways to better target our communications? Our GDPR short course can get you up to speed if not.
  • > Are you a problem solver, who likes nothing more than being presented with a challenge or mystery to get to the bottom of? Why is this web link not appearing properly in the email?
  • > Do you enjoy making short videos or want to learn how?
  • > Are you able to effectively manage multiple priorities, collaborating with different people?
  • > Do you understand the importance of maintaining a clear and consistent written, spoken and visual identity?

> If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above, then please get in touch for an informal conversation. We don’t bite! We are particularly interested to hear from young adults to ensure we remain youth shaped in our direction and thinking. We have a Team of Explorers working with the Communications Team ready to support with a Communications plan ready to roll out.

Our principles 

Three core principles inspire our work:

  • * Inclusion to represent all the communities we wish to support  
  • * Insight to serve our audiences better and in ways that feel welcoming and motivating  
  • * Innovation to adapt to the new trends and future ones, in line with the Scouts digital principles
Check out our District socials to see what we’re up to on social media

Everyone is welcome and you can join from a range of professional backgrounds and walks of life. Your daytime job may be an electrician, mechanical engineer, teacher, account manager, health and safety manager,  internal communications officer, customer service agent and logistics assistant. You get the gist!

  • The Borders Scouts District (part of the South East Scotland Scouts Region) has 12 active Scout Groups – see the map below (which is a guide only).
  • * Every week in the Borders we give around 860 young people aged 4-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, job interviews, important speeches, tricky challenges and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.
  • * Our young people are supported by just over 240 adult volunteers, both directly with youngsters and behind the scenes
  • * We have a youth waiting list of 160+ which is more than we’d like!

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, demand for Scouting remains strong across the Borders for Scouts. We hold a District waiting list of some 
160+ young peopleTo provide the best Scouting experience and continuity for our young people across the Borders, Scouts needs volunteers – leaders, assistants, occasional helpers and part of the Executive Committee. If you can’t help in this role, can you help elsewhere please?