UK and Youth Commissioner blog | A New Year thank you

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This week Wayne and Hannah look forward to the New Year, reflect on Scouts' efforts after recent flooding and congratulate all those recognised in the News Year's Honours list.

Happy New Year! We’re really looking forward to the tremendous year that’s ahead of us. Many thousands of young people and adults will have their lives changed and new opportunities presented to them through Scouting. All of this is achieved by the exceptional work of our members who dedicate their time and lives to making sure Scouting is available to young people between 6 to 25-year-olds in the UK.

Thank you for all the time you have giving to Scouting, your constant enthusiasm and encouragement towards our young people and each other. The work you are doing is making a positive impact in the local and wider communities.

It was great that we continue to see recognition of this externally as well as through our internal awards. Congratulations in particular to the 11 volunteers who have been recognised for services to Scouting in the New Year Honours list.  We are very pleased about this recognition and the positive impact that has rippled through local communities of what we all do, not only those formally recognised. 

Another of the ways we’ve seen Scouting impact our world is the amazing work Scouts have been doing in the areas that have been affected by the floods and storms in the UK. December proved a very difficult time for communities in Northern England, Ireland and in Scotland. When families should’ve been celebrating the festive period with great cheer, many were forced out of their homes due to the wreckage caused by the storms.

Scout groups like Skipton Scouts in Cumbria supported flood victims by sending them more than 70 gifts for Christmas. Our duty to help others and look after our world is at the core of who we are as Scouts and this video is an exceptional example of what helping to support others in need looks like within the Movement, watch it here. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed and have even been praised by Parliament citing Philip Davies, MP for Shipley: ‘The amazing work of the volunteers was beyond belief. The Bingley flood support group, based in the Scout headquarters in Bingley, and the Baildon Shipley flood support group, based at the Salvation Army premises in Shipley, were magnificent.’

Thank you to everybody who continuously try to find solutions to meet the needs in their local communities. Whether that’s through taking part in A Million Hands, by completing their Community Impact Staged Activity Badge or simply fuelled by compassion and teamwork. Thank you for your generosity and constantly reminding the wider public why we Scout.

If the floods have affected your Scout HQ you can find some useful advice from Unity, Scout insurance services here

We are very conscious of the significant problems caused over the past year by Compass, and we are looking forward to it being restored for adults whilst recognising the challenges that remain in achieving this and restoring confidence in HQ. To keep up-to-date with what is happening with Compass and how to prepare for the roll out please visit the Compass Update blog which you can find here.

We’re also looking forward to celebrating the wildest birthday of the year with Cubs 100! What a joyous occasion this will be and however you decide to celebrate it, be sure to let us know by sharing your stories on our Twitter and Facebook pages. Remember too that this is an amazing opportunity to ensure we provide fun and exciting programmes for Cubs, ensuring that we increase further the number of 9 and 10 year olds benefiting from Scouting.

Amongst all of the incredible moments happening, #YouShape, Reunion, the Network reboot and WeShape to name a few, we know that the most important thing for us is to help you deliver great programmes to young people. It will be a busy year but we are most looking forward to Scouts achieving their best and embarking on new adventures.

Thank you for all you are doing to make these dreams a reality.

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