2nd February was Time to Talk Day – the nation’s biggest mental health conversation. This day is important as it raises awareness of the power of conversation and connection to help our mental health. Throughout the week I shared small ways that we can connect and start conversations.
One of the ways that was suggested was to take time to thank someone – as research shows that writing a note of thanks to someone has an immediate positive effect on wellbeing and connectedness both for the sender and the recipient.
As volunteers we will connect with many people in Scouting – including young people and volunteers – and sometimes we will have little or no sight of what effect that we have on their lives. Research such as this study by Edinburgh University have shown the benefits of Scouting to our members long after they are part of the organisation and so I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of you for the tremendous work that you do to support Scouting in South East Scotland and to help provide Skills for Life to young people across the Region.
As we mark Time to Talk Day, why not take the opportunity to thank someone who has had a positive effect on your life – maybe a fellow volunteer or someone who helped give you opportunities as a young person. They may have no idea of the effect that they have had and a thank you from you may be a lovely surprise.
I would also like to thank Jo Mitchell who will be taking on the DC role for Craigalmond District and I look forward to working with her and the rest of the District Leadership Team to continue the success of Scouting in the district.
This year marks 15 years since South East Region was formed from the former Borders, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian Areas. We plan to mark this anniversary in a number of ways this year as well as use it as an opportunity to recognise the many volunteers past and present who have supported Scouting in the Region during that time. Look out for more details on these events in future newsletters.
Yours in Scouting