Who Says We Can’t Do Training?

Who Says We Can’t Do Training?

We’re living in different times just now, so we need to do things a little differently.  You’ll have seen the information about the e-learning that’s always been available on the Scout website at https://sesscouts.org.uk/adult-training/. As always, Safety, Safeguarding and Getting Started are the priorities.

We’re also piloting a virtual training session using the Zoom platform.  Participants will need to download Zoom in advance and will be sent details of the ‘meeting’. They will then sit in the comfort of their own homes, refreshment at their elbow, and on 12th May at 7.30pm will join in a session on Administration (module 11).   

We’re already looking at offering other modules in this way, Assessing Learning (25) for prospective Training Advisers is next on the list. All courses will be posted on the website in the training calendar as usual, and I’ll let the ADCs know what’s on so they can spread the word.  

It would be really good to get some feedback on what works well (or not so well!) and what you would find most useful.   Please feel free to email Training@sesscouts.org.uk.  Be aware that I’m still working though, so won’t be able to reply instantly!

Take care, and stay safe.

Mary Dick
ARC (Adult Training)

Inclusion Courses

Inclusion Courses

The Region will be running two autism workshops in early 2020 to support our local leaders. The workshops will be supported by the National Autistic Society Scotland and will provide an opportunity to share and explore strategies for supporting young people with autism in Scouting.

 We are also hoping to include a session on therapeutic gardening which is all about inclusive activities for those who sometimes experience challenges in joining in.

The workshops will last 4 hours and we anticipate having approx. 30 spaces available at each venue.

 The workshops will take place between 10am to 2pm: 

  • Saturday 28th March – Edinburgh @ 31st Pentland Hall, 45 Lanark Road West, Currie, EH14 5JX 
  • Sunday 29th March – Borders @ Melrose Scout Hall, Abbey Place Melrose

The courses will be available to book on the South East Scotland website soon. 

    Residential weekend: Save the Date

    Residential weekend: Save the Date

    The South East training team will be hosting a residential weekend at Bonaly Scout Centre 13 – 15 March 2020. It’ll kick off on the Friday evening, and finishes on Sunday afternoon.

    Details are still to be finalised, but we’ll be offering all the modules for Section Leaders and Assistant Leaders, and some extras for those who just happen to be interested, whether they already have a Wood Badge or not. I’m keen to include some practical sessions – maybe some tent pitching, fire-lighting, outdoor activities for your young people, and also some information sessions – advice on supporting young people with some special needs, myth-busting on organising foreign trips…

    Accommodation will be in the Chalet, so you’ll be able to take full advantage and chat to leaders from other parts of the Region and share ideas. We’ll have a social event on the Saturday evening to have a break from all the learning.

    Booking should be open by 31st December so don’t miss out. If it suits you better to come for the day(s) and not stay over that will be fine.

    Mary Dick
    ARC (Adult Training)

    Do you want to gain your hillwalking permit?

    Do you want to gain your hillwalking permit?

    Read on to see how we can support you in achieving this in 2020.

    In late 2018, the Region formed a small team of Regional Assessors to support adult volunteers in Scouting gain their T1 and T2 hillwalking permits. 2019 was a great success in achieving this with 3 assessment days being run where 9 leaders gained their T1 permits and 2 gained their T2 permits. In addition, we granted an additional two T1 permits and one T2 permit to Leaders who hold their Hill and Moorland Leader (HML) and Summer Mountain Leader (ML) Awards respectively.

    However, whilst this catered for the historic demand, we know from the level of enquires we have received that there is a lot of desire to take young people out onto the hills and adult volunteers are wanting support to get their T1/T2 permits.

    Therefore, we have been recruiting additional Regional Advisors and are looking to offer both training and more assessment dates in 2020. In order to schedule these, we need to understand what the current demand is for training and/or assessments. Our broad plan is to run the training in Q1 and then run the assessments in both the Spring and Autumn.

    Therefore, if you have already registered your interest; thank you. For those who haven’t then here’s what you need to do.

    If you are wanting training prior to assessment, please complete the questionnaire to help us gauge what courses we need to deliver. In addition, if you are interested in improving your hillwalking skills for T0 territory with a view at a later stage to go for T1 and T2 and want training please complete the form.

    If you are wanting to go straight to assessment, then please complete the permit application and send this with your log of hillwalking activity over the last two to three years and in addition for T2 permit requests a copy of your in-force outdoor first aid certificate.

    For those who already hold a T1 or T2 please also follow one or both steps if you wish to

    • Have any restrictions removed from your current permit?
    • You hold a T1 permit and wish to go for your T2
    • You have a leadership permit (T1 or T2) and wish to upgrade from leadership to supervisory (which is necessary to remotely supervise a DofE expedition)

    Please send all the relevant documentation to hillwalking@sesscouts.org.uk by 31 December 2019 so we can finalise numbers and announce our programme in the January newsletter.

    Finally if you hold an in-force HML or ML award please complete the permit application form and send this with a copy of your certificate (& a copy of an up-to-date outdoor first aid certificate if you hold ML) so we can recommend to your DC to issue a T1 or T2 permit respectively from a technical competence basis.

    Full details of the hillwalking schemes, relevant forms and information can be found here.

    If you have any queries on this or any other aspect of the T1/T2 permits and assessment process please email hillwalking@sesscouts.org.uk

    Wanted – Trainers to help us reach new heights safely!

    We are part of the largest mixed volunteer-led Movement for young people in Scotland. Scouting exists to make young people’s lives better, helping them to realise their full potential, and providing them with the skills they need to succeed in life. We need some more people to help us achieve our ambitious aims – and reach new heights in training our leaders.

    Are you an experienced leader who would like to help others benefit from your experience?  The Region needs some fresh faces in the Training Team, both First Aid specialists and trainers for other modules.

    First Aid is a particular issue.  We have around 2,000 leaders and volunteers who need to renew their training every 3 years – that’s around 12 per week on average.  We would need to run 2 courses every month to meet the demand, and the current team simply isn’t big enough to do that.

    To be a First Aid trainer you need a minimum of a full, 2 day, First Aid certificate.  If you don’t have one currently, the Region will arrange for an external provider to run a suitable Outdoor First Aid course to give you the qualification you need.   As long as you commit to running 3 sessions per year for the next 3 years there will be no cost to you.  If you already have a suitable First Aid qualification, you need only do modules 28 and 29. Please do let me know, as this can be arranged.   Should you happen to have a valid 2-day First Aid qualification and also modules 28 and 29, or if you are an externally accredited First Aid trainer please let me know about that too – you’re good to go! 

    We will be running modules 28 (Facilitating) and 29 (Presenting) on 5–6 October at Bonaly. These are required for all trainers.  Please email me at Training@sesscouts.org.uk if you are interested, whether to be a District trainer running ‘Getting Started’ or a Regional trainer running some other modules such as ‘Growing the Section’.

    We don’t usually drop new trainers in at the deep end – initially you would be teamed up with an experienced trainer and share the presentation with them.  We have resources based on Gilwell requirements for each module, so no-one’s starting from a blank page.

    Craigalmond District Training Weekend – a great success!

    Over the weekend 22nd-24th February, Craigalmond District held their annual training event at Bonaly Scout Centre. The event was attended by over 80 adults from throughout the District and offered a range of training. It was run on a drop-in basis with some participants attending one or two learning session and some who stayed for the whole weekend!

    Throughout the weekend 16 sessions were run including conventional modular training such as Getting Started for leaders and executive members, First Response, modules 12A & 12B, and Safeguarding.  Additionally there were also a number of ongoing learning options including Visits Abroad training, Mental Health First Aid and a session focusing on Inclusion.

    On Saturday evening around 40 people enjoyed a three course dinner followed by a presentation from Andrew Sharkey Chief Commissioner for Scotland) who spoke about the 2018-2023 strategy and helped us to celebrate Longcraig Scout Centre’s 50th anniversary.

    The weekend was, as always, a great opportunity for leaders to carry out training with others from the District whilst sharing experiences and ideas and making friends too!