Deadline Approaching for Mandatory GDPR Training

GDPR

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 (https://members.scouts.org.uk/supportresources/4800) 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 sueliddle@sky.com.

Recognise Member’s Contribution in Awards

Do you know someone who deserves a special THANK YOU?

by Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner 

Bear Gryllis with Scouts

If you do, please recommend them for an award. There is a range of awards in Scouting and I can assist you to make an application for someone who has made a real contribution to working with young people. The awards include the Silver Wolf, the Silver Acorn, the Award for Merit and the Medal for Meritorious Conduct. In 2017, we were 4th in the level of awards given out to our members – 9.33% of our members, compared to 14.5% in South West Scotland, which had the highest level of all 8 Regions. We can do better in recognising the impact of our adult volunteers!

The Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering. Because it is a national system, it has prestige and allows all applications to be considered objectively according to national criteria. Except in the case of recognition of length of adult service, awards are not made automatically. Proper, detailed justification must be made in every case.

Bear Grylls writes, “For many years our Association has had a scheme providing formal recognition of good adult service. It also recognises special acts of bravery, quick thinking in the face of danger, courage and endurance for all young people and adults involved in the Movement. There is no mystery in the way our awards scheme works. The scheme is governed by rules laid down in POR which are administered by the Awards Board on my behalf. Applications have to be made through the Regional Commissioners to the Awards Board, whose members are charged with maintaining consistent standards across the United Kingdom”.

Find out more at: https://members.scouts.org.uk/awards or just email me to ask about making an application: rc@sesscouts.org.uk

Let’s give a real thank you to all those who work so hard in our Region!

AGM and Annual Review 2018

The Annual Review and Annual General Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 10 October 2018 at Queen Margaret University, University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh EH21 6UU.  The Annual General Meeting will start at 7:00pm followed by the Annual Review.  Refreshments will be available at the end of the Annual Review.

This theme of the Annual Review this year is all Adventure! It’s the core of Scouting and it’s made possible by the hard work of you, our amazing leaders and supporters. Come and share in the great experiences that Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers have been having all year. The fun that young people (and leaders?) have and the skills they learn will stay with them all their lives. Let’s celebrate together the impact we make by hearing from the young people themselves, in their own words and photos. The venue at QMU is fantastic and it should be a most enjoyable evening!

You can attend the event without registering, however as we have to order catering in advance, it would be helpful if you could let us know if you are planning to come along by following the link and adding your details: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ses-region-agm-and-annual-review-tickets-48426919219

Download the AGM papers here:

Environmental project for Explorers

Environmental project for Explorers

Take part in an international study

Looking for a programme idea?  Your Explorer Unit could take part in a study of environmental attitudes and behaviour, run by Athina Georgiou Shippi, a PhD student at Edinburgh University.  She will visit your Explorer Unit and get the Explorers “to join in a number of activities which are both fun and interesting as well as providing me with data. Thus, you could support this study by allowing me to carry out these activities, ideally within a normal meeting. Please note that all information collected during the activities will remain anonymous.”

Athina has already started her visiting and the project is scheduled to run between June and October.

Two documents are attached, one for leaders, and one for Explorers.  For further details, please contact Athina using e-mail: S1226472@sms.ed.ac.uk .