I am delighted to introduce Roseanne as our new Regional Adviser (Additional Support Needs). She has a fantastic wealth of experience both in Scouting and in relation to additional needs. I am sure she will offer tremendous assistance to any leader who is not sure how best to work with some of our young people. Please don’t hesitate to ask her for her advice.

Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner

I have been involved in Scouting in the Edinburgh area for over 30 years now. I started as an Assistant Cub Scout Leader with the 15th Waverley at St Marys’ Cathedral. Waverley was a small friendly District and was a great introduction to Scouting with so many Leaders offering help and advice.  This is one of the reasons why I’ve stayed in Scouting.

Leaders in Waverley were encouraged to undertake training and I enjoyed my Basic Training at Bonaly and then Advanced Training at Gilwell.  They were great opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with other leaders. I then became a Cub Scout Leader and moved to the 85th Liberton, another small friendly District. I was involved in organising a District Cub Scout camp for Blackford to bring the new District together. This was good fun and a great success. I was then an ACSL at 139th Blackford and ASL at 162nd Blackford.

I was fortunate to be selected as an Assistant Leader with the South East Scotland Unit for the 19th World Scout Jamboree in Chile in 1998/99. This was a wonderful opportunity to take part in an International Scouting Event. We had an amazing group of young people who did Scottish Scouting proud in Chile.

I have also held several positions in Leith and then Edinburgh North East District including District Secretary and Deputy District Commissioner.

I have been an SHQ Adviser for Additional Support Needs since 2016 and have been a member of the Training Team for a number of years, latterly as a Safeguarding Trainer.

For nearly 25 years, I worked at the Royal Blind School, which has given me an understanding of a variety of additional support needs as well as vision impairment. A few years ago, I was involved in supporting the leaders to restart the Scout Group at the school.

If anyone needs any advice or information regarding young people with additional support needs, please contact me by email at: r.allison102@outlook.com

I would be happy to chat on the phone or when Scouting is back face to face, come along to your meetings & discuss any issues and try to find solutions.