Got a query about which way to go?

Information and support for leaders


Got a question you need an answer to in a hurry and you don’t know where to go? The “Information and Support” page  on the South East Scotland Scout website might be able to help.

The page provides support to leaders and assistants, other adult volunteers, parents and young people, particularly in the older sections, in a number of areas including adventurous activities, development, funding, safeguarding and young leaders. Over the coming months we will be ensuring our website pages are as up to date as possible, as well as adding new sections including support on leader recruitment.

If you have any ideas on the type of information you would like to see on the Information and Support page get in touch with Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer @

And news about Communications from the Region


At the end of August, we had the first meeting of our Regional Communications Scoping Group who are reviewing how we currently communicate with our different audiences including leaders, adult volunteers, parents and the public. The aim of the Group will be to recommend how we make our Regional Communications more relevant, useful and compulsive and how we set up ourselves to achieve this.

If you have any ideas about how we improve the communications you receive from the Region please get in touch with Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer @

Come and assist us recruit more new leaders

Two great opportunities to meet potential adult volunteers


We have arranged to attend two Volunteer Fairs which are being held in Edinburgh in September and October. We are looking for additional support to assist us on the stalls to let potential volunteers know about the many benefits of Scouting for both our young people and also the potential volunteers themselves.   

The first event, a Volunteer Recruitment Fair, organised by Volunteer Edinburgh, will be held on Wednesday 18th September, 11am to 7pm, at St Paul’s and St George’s Church on York Place, Edinburgh. Approximately 800-1,000 visitors are expected.

The second event, a Careers Fair for Volunteering and Third Sector Jobs, organised by Edinburgh University, will be held on Thursday 10th October (timings tbc) at McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh.  The University has over 4,000 students who will be invited to the event.

If you can spare an hour or more and would like to support either or both of these events please contact Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer by email at

How long have you been a leader?

If it is between 1 and 5 years, are you due to have a quiet talk with your GSL or manager about your work and how we can support you? We know that some people have never had a review. We also know that most people work better if they have, from time to time, the opportunity to discuss how they are doing and where they are going. 

So we want to encourage every leader and manager to have or hold reviews in 2019-20. They are not hard to do and can be very helpful!

A review in Scouting is simply an opportunity to look at what has happened since you started your role, or since your last review, and to see what further support and guidance you might need. It is definitely not the same as the performance appraisals that many people have experienced at work.

A review consists of a meeting between you, as a leader, and your line manager, in comfortable surroundings, to discuss how you are getting on. The benefits are that problems can be sorted, more support given if needed, and hopefully you will be more motivated. Your manager will know more about how you feel and your views on the future.

Scouting reviews can be both formal and informal, depending on what stage you are at. An informal review should be held annually, and can be just a 20 minute chat or longer, but it is a chance to take stock and plan for the future. Here is a proposed form for GSLs and Managers to use:

Informal Review 01 2019

A formal review takes place after 5 years in role or at the end of an appointment. Agreement should be discussed about whether your appointment should be renewed, or perhaps whether you should apply to take on a different role. A new format for the 5 year review has been issued this year:

Appointment Review AR Form

Review meetings help all of us in making sure that people are in the right roles, both for themselves and for Scouting, leading to happier leaders and so better Scouting delivered for our young people to enjoy.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner, South East Scotland Scouts Region.

Deadline Approaching for Mandatory GDPR Training


Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) in May 2018, Scout HQ introduced a new mandatory training module on the subject.

While new volunteers have this module automatically added to the Getting Started set of modules they need to complete, existing leaders need to have the module added to their Compass record manually by either their training adviser or Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training). Please take the time to check whether your Compass record is up to date for this module and any other training.

The GDPR module is only available as online training ( and it does not take long to complete (20-30mins).  The completion certificate produced should be sent to your Training Advisor or ADC (Adult Training) so that they can validate the module on your Compass record.

Thank you very much if you have already completed this module and had your training record updated.  However, if you have still to do this module, it needs to be completed by 31 December 2018.

Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

Leslie Sell Charitable Trust

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust provides financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement through small grants to Groups in the UK to help with the cost of making repairs, or purchasing sundry items of equipment. It also assists groups and individuals for UK or overseas trips.

Applications can be made any time. However, the Trustees are unable to consider applications for trips submitted within three months of the departure date.

The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust was set up in May 1969 by the late Leslie Sell to provide financial assistance to the Scouting and Guiding movement. This independent Trust Fund accepts applications from Group and Individual members of the Scout or Guide movement within the UK and Northern Ireland for trips or projects which are being undertaken within the movement.

More information is available from The Leslie Sell Charitable Trust:

A Scouting Welcome for Tattoo Visitors

Edinburgh Tattoo 2018

Tourists visiting this year’s Edinburgh Military Tattoo received a good Scottish welcome from a team of Explorer Scouts and Adult members who volunteered to sell programmes and merchandise to the international visitors attending the world famous event at Edinburgh Castle.

As they have done since the first Tattoo in 1950, members from across the Region were able to enjoy a unique opportunity to be part of the Tattoo and help to raise money for scouting in South East Scotland, with volunteers coming from a wide range of roles with Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders, District and Regional Leadership Team members joining Explorer Scouts to cover performances throughout August.

Cath Jackson, Group Scout Leader at 102nd Craigalmond (St Andrews Clermiston) Scout Group volunteered at the Tattoo for the first time and commented that highlights included “People taking to you about their scouting days in other countries.  I got to meet adults from other districts and enjoyed making new friendships.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo please email Sue Liddle at