Finding time for the important things...


My postbag this week has been dominated by the effects of changes; whether it’s the Scout Fellowship, Bear at the QSR or the need to force the change of a particular role undertaken by an individual.  Change is not always easy, but more often than not worth it in the medium to long term. 

But on Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to accompany Julie to a Scout function for a change, to a local reception where she received her 10 year service certificate.  Saying thank you in a meaningful way is vital and Wednesday evening was a good way to achieve that. 

This weekend I’ve also been an anxious parent again as Alastair and Francesca along with their Network took a group of Explorer Scous to France for a weekend’s incident hike challenge.  All back safely and exhausted having had a great weekend.

Thursday I was off to Wales for the evening with a quick stop for lunch with the CC of Avon to keep in touch with whats happening and discuss local development initiatives of which there are lots in Avon .  Time also to have an early dinner with my niece who has quickly settled into university life in Cardiff although I’m not sure I needed to know about the dissection practical she had just undertaken prior to dinner!

But back to Scouting, I was in Wales with a couple of colleagues from the RDS and Media Team to meet with a local search group for an Area Commissioner (CC/RC(S) equivalent) which is proving difficult.  A priority is to ensure that we have effective line managers at each level so we were meeting to share ideas and good practice, identify new initiatives aimed at recruiting experienced managers rather then youth workers and to review the role description etc.  A very successful evening.

We also had an interesting discussion about the role title of ‘Commissioner’ or ‘Manager’ – would welcome your thoughts on the pros and cons of each?

A fairly straight forward drive back to Gilwell early on Friday morning for some catching up with colleagues on projects, signing various things and the ever demanding inbox!  Dinner with one of my team to review where they are with their objectives, to identify any support they require and of course, to have a good laugh.

Saturday saw a meeting of the Operations Sub-Committee (Ops).  A sub-committee of the Board of Trustees, Ops is essentially the s/c responsible for all things programme wise and makes recommendations to the Board as well as overseeing implementation of any changes.  Its membership comprises my team,  4 Trustees and 4 co-opted members who bring a different perspective to our work.

Saturday saw a packed agenda with a presentation from our UK Adviser for Diversity and discussion about our progress and work in that area and recommendations following the review of the Home Contact system.  Main discussions however were around a number of projects proposed for next year and which require prioritisation and budget approval.  All of the projects however are based on feedback received and support needed and things we could be doing better.  Lots of food for thought.

I leave a little early so as to get back to Guernsey for the evening before returning to Gilwell on Sunday evening for dinner with a colleague and the start of another week and induction day for 68 new DC’s! 

Don’t forget to find time for those important things in your life too.

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