As we prepare for a new Scouting year, I hope that you are as excited as I am for the opportunities that the coming year presents for Scouting in South East Scotland.
The upcoming improvements to the volunteer experience is one such opportunity. One of the key changes that this will introduce is to simplify volunteering and move from a roles-based to a teams based structure.
Our structures will still be arranged in Sections, Groups, Districts and Regions.
At Region, the teams are split into 5 areas, with distinct remits:
- Leadership Team – lead, inspire and motivate
- Trustee Board – provide governance
- Programme Team – bringing Section roles together/ with other activity experts
- Volunteer Development Team – ensuring our volunteers are well supported
- Support Team – keeping things running smoothly such as incident management
Having been Regional Commissioner since January 2021, I am pleased to continue as Lead Volunteer as we work towards achieving the ambitious aims of our Regional Strategy.
This role will lead the Programme team, supporting Section programmes, by setting up networking and peer support opportunities, promoting and supporting top awards in all Sections and managing the South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE).
This role will lead the Support team, ensuring that volunteers have the tools and resources to help Scouting run smoothly in South East Scotland.
I am pleased to welcome Alison to the Regional Leadership team in the new role of Inclusion Lead, highlighting the importance of Inclusion in our Regional Strategy.
In this role Alison will work with me and the Regional Leadership Team to develop and deliver our inclusion strategy. This includes working with our volunteers to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all young people, regardless of their background or ability. Alison will also lead our Regional Inclusion Team.
Recognising that the improvements to the volunteer experience are only part of the changes that will be coming to Scouting in the coming years, I am pleased that Scott has agreed to continue in this important role and will work with the Regional Leadership Team to ensure that the Region is well prepared and ready to maximise the opportunities that the upcoming changes present.
As we develop our Regional Youth Shaped strategy we will be appointing a Regional Youth Lead.
Look for more details in the coming months.
I would like to thank all adult volunteers and young people from across our 88 groups who joined me during our recent Jamie’s Journey event.
It was brilliant to meet so many of you and to learn more about what is going on in local groups.