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Wyred, your Wyre Scouts Newsletter – May 2020 Edition
Welcome to May’s edition of the two-monthly Wyre Scouts Newsletter. This is the first edition ever of the newsletter and we’d really appreciate any feedback, after all, this is your newsletter!

In this edition you will find:

A Message from Jon Minshull, our District Commissioner:

Welcome to the first edition of the Wyre Scouts Newsletter, where you will find lots of useful information and hear about the great things that are happening in Wyre Scouts.

Congratulations to Liz Porter who was the winner of the competition to name this newsletter that will be arriving in your inboxes every two months. I hope that you find the newsletter useful and if you have any suggestions about how we can improve it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

I would like to thank all of our volunteers for everything that they do. The last few months have been an extremely challenging time and we have had to learn new skills and move our programmes online. I have seen some massively inspiring and innovative programmes, ensuring that we continue to offer young people the chance to gain skills for life. Thank you!

Take care & stay safe,


Meet the District Team:
After an open search process, several people were appointed into vacant roles on our District Team. The District Team is:

  • District Commissioner – Jon Minshull
  • Deputy District Commissioner – Don Ashworth
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Beavers) – Jan Townley
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Cubs) – Tracey Douglas
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Scouts) – Nicky Dennison
  • District Explorer Scout Commissioner – Andrew Truelove
  • District Scout Network Commissioner – Gareth Bates
  • District Scout Active Support Manager – Cyril Crossley
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Adventurous Activities) – Geoff Lyons
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Events) – Keith Parkinson
  • District Youth Commissioner (from Nov 2020) – Luke Thornton
  • Local Training Manager – Caroline Dugdale

What’s Happening in Wyre?:
This segment of the newsletter is where you show off what you’ve done since the last issue. We asked our groups and units what they’d been up to since the start of lockdown and here were some of the:

4th Poulton have been really busy having regular online meetings for all of their sections from the Beavers doing crafts, to the Cubs learning about navigation, to the Scouts doing a camp from home!

16th Fleetwood have had a Beaver Scout complete their Bronze Award during lockdown! What a fantastic achievement, well done!

Wyre Explorer Scouts and Wyre Scout Network have joined together for weekly Zoom nights filled with fun! They’ve done all sorts from scavenger hunts to quizzes!

2nd Cleveleys have been doing weekly online meetings for all of their sections, and they’ve been having lots of fun making shields for St George’s Day and planes for VE Day! One of their Scouts, Jack Spence, has continued his fundraising for his trip next year to the Asia Pacific Jamboree in Bangladesh. He’s been busy making woggles and little paracord people, both of which look awesome!

Jack Spence’s ‘Bangla Buddies’

District Appointments Advisory Committee Chair Vacancy:
We’re looking to appoint a new Chairperson for our Appointments Advisory Committee. This role is key to helping us assist our volunteers in providing valuable Skills for Life to all of our young people.

For more information: Click here
The deadline for applying is: 21st June
For the nomination form: Click here

County Young Leader Vacancy:
As a County, we believe in young people shaping Scouting in partnership with adults. Our aim is to be more inclusive and youth shaped while making a positive impact in our local communities. We are looking for young people to support each section team, helping with planning, delivery and evaluation of our events.

For more information: Click Here
The deadline for applying is: Sunday 7th June
Any questions, please email: Becca Webster

Deputy County Youth Commissioner Vacancy:
We are currently recruiting two Deputy County Youth Commissioners who will support the County Youth Commissioner in ensuring that Youth Shaped Scouting is implemented at every level throughout the County. The aim is to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to shape their Scouting adventure and learn valuable skills for life.

Whilst working with the County Youth Commissioner, each Deputy will take ownership of their own area, leading in governance or the programme.

For more information: Click Here
Interested, or know someone who is?: Nominate them (or yourself) by clicking here
The deadline for applying is: Sunday 7th June
Any questions, please email: Becca Webster

Digital and Data Committee Vacancies:
The West Lancashire County Digital and Data Committee is a newly formed committee to oversee our strategy and implementation in this area.  Like all organisations, digital transformation is a must.  Our volunteers and staff teams need the right tools to make it easier to deliver great quality scouting to more young people across our county.  People need to know which tools to use when, how to get the best out of them and where to turn if they need help. Click here for more information.

Wyre Scouts Email Addresses:
If you need a Wyre Scouts email address, please fill out this form. Please be aware that setting up an email address is a manual process and may take up to two weeks.

Getting onto Workplace:
Everyone with an activated Wyre Scouts email address can get onto Workplace, our platform for informal internal communications. Workplace is a really handy tool and all you have to do is go to wyrescouts.workplace.com to sign up using your Wyre Scouts email address.

Digital Skills Support Courses:
As a Media Team, we’re committed to helping you to gain the digital skills you need to provide your young people with Skills for Life. If there are any courses you would like to request, please fill out this form.
Here are the current courses available (these can be run again if necessary), there are 50 places available on each session. You can register for these events here.
Microsoft Teams 101: Saturday, 6th June 2020 from 2pm till 3pm
Workplace by Facebook 101: Sunday, 7th June 2020 from 1pm till 2pm
Branding Basics: Saturday, 13th June 2020 from 1pm till 2pm
Scouts Brand for Social Media: Sunday, 14th June 2020 from 1pm till 2pm
All events are available to view here, if you would like an event adding to the website, please email WyreDigitalMedia@WyreScouts.org.uk

Join the Wyre Scouts Media Team:
Do you have a passion for photography, videography, website design, marketing or social media management? If so, we’re looking for people to join our fantastic media team! Just email WyreDigitalMedia@WyreScouts.org.uk

Contributing to the Newsletter, the Website or our Social Media Channels:
Here at Wyre Scouts, we think our volunteers are amazing. If you have anything you want sharing from your section, group or unit, please email WyreDigitalMedia@WyreScouts.org.uk so that it can make its way into this newsletter, onto the website or onto our social media channels.

Help with the opening of the Wyre Scouts Headquarters:
We’re sure this is no secret but, as part of our plan to provide more young people with #SkillsForLife, we’re opening a #WyreScouts Headquarters! But, once face to face Scouting resumes, we’ll need your help.

If you’re qualified to carry out inspections on and install: Electrical Installation, Emergency Lighting, Fire Alarms, Fire Extinguishers, Gas Installations or Heating Boilers, please email Cyril.Crossley@WyreScouts.org.uk.

Dates for your Diary:
06/06 – Microsoft Teams 101, 1400-1500, Online
07/06 – Workplace by Facebook 101, 1300-1400, Online
13/06 – Branding Basics, 1300-1400, Online
14/06 – Branding for Social Media Managers, 1300-1400, Online
08//09 – Wyre All Leader’s Meeting, times TBC, Wyre Scouts HQ
12/09 – Wyre Scouts AGM, times TBC, venue TBC





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