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Like most of us, Wayne got back into the new ‘term’ with a bang; catching up with colleagues, reviewing priorities and celebrating young people’s achievements.

Celebrating successes in Northern Ireland

A visit to Belfast provided an opportunity to catch up with Scouts Northern Ireland. I caught up with senior staff officer, Ken Gillespie, and Chief Commissioner, Colin Lammey, before joining young people, parents and supporters to celebrate the achievements of 150 young people who have achieved their Chief Scout and Queen’s Scout Awards.

Celebrating the amazing achievements of young people is always a great occasion and the stunning venue of Belfast City Hall ensured it was extra special for everyone.

Down to business

The first meeting of the UKCC team for 2015 provided an opportunity to assess our current challenges and review our operational plans for 2015; we also took the opportunity to consider what the volunteer (including recruitment, induction training, reviews etc), young people and parent experiences should look like.

Making the most of meetings

In addition to catching up with the team, other colleagues were in London for a training course so I took the opportunity to meet up over dinner with a few of them to discuss a variety of topics.

One such person was Ben Scholes, newly-appointed Deputy UK Commissioner for Programme (Adventure), so we took the chance to discuss current experiences with access to activities and how we could improve them.

Breakfast with the Youth Commissioner team

Breakfast on Sunday with Hannah, Jay and Jagz was a chance to hear their initial plans, not just for YouShape, the youth committee meeting taking place in February for 14-25 year olds, but plans for the younger age ranges too.

Remembering what it’s about

Undoubtedly the next few months will be challenging as we continue to roll out and develop Compass and share the refreshed Programme and wider work on Scouting for All.  They will be exciting too!

Throughout, I shall be reminded of the excitement of young people sharing their success in Belfast on Friday; the pride of their parents and leaders and the appreciation of all of the opportunities leaders have given the young people.

16/01/2015

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