Chief Commissioner's blog| Making the Vision a reality
Development, youth involvement and social inclusion were very much the theme of Wayne’s busy week, which included time in Manchester, London, Humberside and Cheshire.
I continued my visit to Manchester on Monday and had meetings with the team leading our development project in Greater Manchester; we discussed the PR strategy and the fantastic success they have already had in opening new sections around the city.
Experiencing the sharp end
We went on to Ardwick in Manchester where we have recently opened a Beaver and Cub section. With support from the Development staff and District team, led by the ever enthusiastic and energetic Les Cowell, the Group quickly found some willing volunteers, several of whom are at university nearby and from the local Muslim community.
We were also joined by Eric Pickles MP, Minister for Development for Communities and Local Government (the project is part of the DCLG/Youth United-funded programme) and it was great to see him join in the fun and answer many questions from young people and their parents.
Always catching up
As always on my travels, I try to catch up with colleagues and last week included meetings with Mike Rollinson, Trustee; Carl Hankinson, Chair Operations Committee; Kester Sharp, DUKCAS and Graham Phillips, CC Cheshire and Chair of a strategy group looking at internal communications.
After some busy days back in Guernsey, it was great to visit Humberside on Saturday to join an activity camp at the County Activity Centre and to speak at their County AGM in the afternoon.
The County has been through a number of changes recently including a review of their District boundaries. Such changes often attract passionate debate, concern and frustrations but it was great as an example to present an award for the fastest growing district to City of Hull, which came into being through the merger of three Districts just last year, and has grown 8%.
Cheshire is very much amongst the leaders when it comes to being shaped by young people in partnership with adults. It was great to be able to join them on Sunday for the end of an exciting weekend pilot bringing together a course run by Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) and Scouting aimed at building the confidence of young people.
As you will now appreciate, much of the past few weeks (months!) has been spent bringing to fruition the successful launch of our additional alternative Promise and so the almost-unanimous support we have received this week is great.
For more of Wayne’s thoughts and insights on Scouting for all, check out his blog for The Huffington Post.