The Zoom sessions for many of the Wood Badge modules continue to be very popular, and there are quite a few in the calendar at present.  Check your personal learning plan (PLP) on Compass, and if there are gaps in your training see if you can book yourself a place on a course.   The feedback we get is usually pretty positive – you might find you actually enjoy it!

Gilwell are really pushing on compliance with completion requirements for Getting Started, Safety, Safeguarding and GDPR, so if these are not up to date, or your PLP, Essential Information and Tools for the Role are not validated in Compass PLEASE speak to your Training Adviser, GSL, or Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training) for help with moving it forwards.  Ignoring the emails from Tim Kidd is not an option.

Our Regional training calendar also has some entries for Manager and Supporter training – that’s roles such as GSLs, DCs, ASU managers (and assistants to any of these).  The training is run by Scottish Headquarters, and is really good so please try to get onto those courses if appropriate for your role.  If you’re in one of these roles and don’t know exactly what’s required, sign up for the Overview of Manager & Supporter Training Scheme on 18th September.  It’s being run by the Region, and there’s no such thing as a silly question.

I think every district in the Region is short of Training Advisers, so if you know anyone who’s good at communicating with adults please point them towards the Assessing Learning module on 20th October.  I’m not saying it’s popular, but I see someone from Carnoustie has booked a place!

GSLs may have noticed the webinar being run by Gilwell on 15th September, 7pm – 8pm.  Here’s the link to book your place on that:  I don’t know what the content will be, but strongly suspect a mention of the POR updates regarding training, and the implications for your Group will be included.  Can you afford not to know what’s happening?

We were due to have a Regional GSL Development Day at the Edinburgh Marriot on 21st March 2020. Sadly, we had to postpone this event given the COVID-19 outbreak.    We have decided that we cannot host this face to face development day until Spring 2021 at the earliest (provisional date of 20th March 2021) so in the interim, and post the UK Scouts online meeting referred to above, we will be sending out some support in the form of online material and also some online meetings to ensure you are in the best possible position to continue to do your role effectively. More details to follow. In the meantime, many thanks for the support you provide to your Group members.

Mary Dick
Assistant Regional Commissioner (Adult Training)