Chief Commissioner's Blog | Positive volunteering
While much of Wayne’s time, like many of you, is presently taken up with Compass, the past week also saw significant progress in other areas.
A refreshed programme
The launch this week of the programme update has been very well received, building as it does on the core elements of our success (outdoors and adventure) as well as building on areas that had perhaps been lost a little around leadership and teamwork. The additional support to ensure that our programmes are shaped by young people in partnership with adults builds also on the feedback that young people amongst the 12,000 people consulted gave us.
It’s worth remembering too that we have built in a transition period until 30 September during which both versions of the Programme will be available for use.
The team have also been working to ensure that there is support for you locally as well as nationally though the microsite (prepared.scouts.org.uk) as well as the member’s resource area of the website (members.scouts.org.uk/programme) and the printed resources from Scout Shops.
On Friday, I met up with Richard Butler, Chair of the Awards Board to discuss a number of areas around promoting proper recognition both internally and externally of our members and we also discussed ways in which we could streamline the awards process, especially around the Award of Merit – more on this shortly.
Our wider work plans
The Operations Committee met on Saturday to discuss a wide variety of issues. These included project Compass, our internal communications and digital strategies, approving the next phase of the Future Leaders Programme and considering our wider operational work plans amongst other things.
Volunteer Supported Employment – HMRC
Regular followers of my blog will know that we have been targeting the volunteering policies of the Civil Service for a little while now. I’m particularly delighted to be able to advise you that this week we learnt that HMRC are to recognise more roles within Scouting as qualifying for up to three days special leave. Furthermore, they will advertise these opportunities internally not only benefitting those of you that work for HMRC but potentially introducing a number of additional volunteers.
Such targeted action is just a small part of the work we are undertaking centrally to promote positive volunteering policies within key employers moving it from their corporate social responsibility agenda to their core human resource policies. It’s nice to celebrate another small success.
As I have acknowledged before, we greatly share the frustrations of everybody with the issues surrounding the implementation of Compass and whilst we’ll provide a further update on Friday, I would just reassure everyone that Matt, I and the whole team fully appreciate the frustrations and are doing everything possible to ensure we can fulfill our commitments of providing a service that we are all proud of and can use.