Our own worst enemy?
Adult training is one of those areas that often crops up in 'we could do better' discussions, so Wayne caught up with the Adult Support team to see how our work plans are progressing. He also to joined South East of England Region to defeat one those 'enemies within'.
Improving our support for volunteers
Effective adult support is at the core of all that we do, locally and nationally. I took the opportunity to catch up with our Adult Support core team (senior staff and volunteers leading this work) to see how the extensive work plans are progressing.
Work is well underway to make our adult training more effective through improving the approach, the use of digital media and support for better local delivery. The team is also responsible for such things as recruiting parents at camp and flexible volunteering videos etc. Additional support for Executive Committees and Trustees is about to be launched also. More is on the way.
Bringing the Vision to life
The weekend saw 150 leaders gather at Gilwell for the South East England Regional Conference to discuss how they can achieve our Vision 2018.' Inspiring sessions provoked many interesting ideas around community, youth involvement and social inclusion, with time for each County team to discuss their own local plans.
Occasionally our own worst enemy
I have a saying learnt from a work colleague many years ago: 'I see the enemy and it is within.' I had another of those 'jumping off the seat moments' on Saturday when somebody who should know better suggested that getting involved in the community 'was difficult because of CRB'. Giving credence to myths like this undoes so many of our efforts to promote the benefits of volunteering with us.
Community activities, like everything we do, has some risks that we need to assess and manage, but we absolutely do not need to vet everybody that we occasionally come into contact with.
It is as bad as saying that parents and carers have to be checked to come into our meeting places, but nobody would say anything so foolish, would they?
In other news
Elsewhere last week, I met with the new Commanding Officer of HMS Daring to discuss greater involvement of the crew with local communities, and I met leaders of Slough District who are doing great jobs in successfully growing Scouting within the local Muslim community.