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Wayne put the fifth Scout Law, ‘A Scout makes good use of their time‘, to good use during a very hectic week.

Celebrating in Hounslow

Having been invited to a breakfast meeting on Thursday to launch the latest research we have commissioned – this time with Demos promoting the value of employer-supported volunteering – I was able to accept a Facebook invitation and drop in on Thameside Grand Union District in Hounslow to celebrate their achievements, including their successful amalgamation of three Districts a few years previous and a number of adult Good Service and Years’ Service awards.

It was a great evening and I was delighted to be able to talk to so many leaders about some of the challenges and successes of Scouting in Greater London.

Pre-breakfast meetings

Having a breakfast meeting at 8am meant I could squeeze in a pre-breakfast coffee with recently appointed Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve, Charlotte Hill, who was also a fellow speaker at the recent Demos launch.

We hosted a number of business professionals and Third Sector colleagues at the launch of the Demos research as part of our ongoing initiative to persuade employers on the benefits to them, their employees and the wider community in supporting and encouraging staff to volunteer. We were delighted with the response.

Following the launch, we met our account team from Portland communications, our public relations consultants, to review our current strategy and discuss some exciting opportunities for the coming year.

Meeting upon meeting in Hinckley!

Through a combination of fortune and good planning, a number of meetings were held at the Hinckley Island Hotel near Leicester over the weekend, involving the delegation to the World Scout Conference in August; a meeting of the Development Grants Board; the Adult Support core team and volunteers plus the ‘Team England’ group of Regional Commissioners and Regional Development Managers and colleagues.

I took advantage of joining each group (as well as chairing the meeting of the delegation to the conference) and also caught up with a number of one-to-one meetings with members of my team, half of whom seemed to be in attendance too.

Making the plan a reality

I’ll pick up on each of the themes of our plans at some point in the future, but an interesting one worth mentioning now is a theme that surrounds how we support local Scouting in achieving the Strategic Plan 2014-18. Discussions around this focused on ensuring good quality and consistent adult training and the role of local volunteer specialists such as Assistant District Commissioners in supporting leaders. This will help us deliver a good quality programme and ensure that each section has a minimum of 12 youth members. Work on these ideas will continue and I will share over the coming months.

22/05/14

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