A message from our District Commissioner, Jon Minshull:
Welcome to the September issue of Wyred at the start of the new Scouting year! Its been great to see our sections starting to meet again across the district and thank you to everyone who is enabling young people to continue to have fun with a range of fun and exciting virtual and socially distanced face to face programme activities. Scouting is needed more than ever and hearing stories of young people seeing their friends again has been very energising – thank you!
When considering face to face activities, please remember the COVID code:
A COVID-safe risk assessment has been completed and we have communicated control measures to volunteers, young people and parents and all are encouraged to raise concerns.
Additional hygiene measures are put in place
Social Distancing will be observed where possible (2 metres in England)
Maximum group sizes will be limited and determined by scouts.org.uk and members will be consistent where possible
Make adjustments for young people and adults vulnerable or affected by COVID, and consult to make sure return plans are accessible and inclusive
Annual General Meeting 2020:
Following the AGM, here is the full list of trustees (along with the role they’re best known for):
You can also email the whole executive committee, here.
Updates to the Adult Training Scheme:
There have been several updates to the adult training scheme. This information will be circulated to you shortly once our new training site for members of Wyre Scouts has been updated to reflect these changes.
In the first 5 months of your appointment, you must complete the learning and validation for:
You will need to renew your Safety and Safeguarding training every 3 years.
Following the recent passing of Bob Taylor, our Badge Secretary and Cyril Crossley’s decision to step down as SASU Manager we are looking at filling these two roles. We would like to thank Bob and Cyril for all their hard work across their many years in these roles.
We are looking for a hardworking and dedicated individual to take on the role of badge secretary. This role is a rewarding one, allowing the role holder to see all the achievements of our fantastic young people and our amazing volunteers. Role Description Nomination Form
Closing Date: 30th October
We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate individual to take on the role of SASU manager. This role is a rewarding one, allowing the role holder to help provide young people with valuable skills for life, whilst heading up a team of amazing volunteers. Role Description SASU Overview Nomination Form
Closing Date: 30th October
Network Survey 2020:
As part of our plan to deliver skills for life to our Network Members, we’ve launched a survey for all Network members within Wyre Scouts to take. If you haven’t already done so, please take 5 minutes to take the survey.
COVID-19 Resources on the Scouts’ Brand Centre:
The Scouts’ brand centre have been busy producing quite a few COVID related resources including social distancing signs and hand washing reminder posters. You can find them on the brand centre where you can either download to print them yourself (the cheaper option!) or get them printed and delivered by the brand centre.
The downloaded versions will be distributed to GSLs and Group Contacts by 10th October.
JOTI & JOTA October 2020:
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement have announced that they’ll be running another Jamboree on the Internet/Air this year, encouraging Scouts from around the world to come together virtually!
Wyre Scouts Virtual Secret Agent Camp 2020:
Thank you to everyone who took part in the planning and delivery of our awesome camp in August. It was really nice to see people from outside of Wyre Scouts getting involved and it was great to see so many smiling faces in every single session!
Contributing to our Social Media:
It’s been absolutely amazing to see our groups returning to face-to-face Scouting. When you run a face-to-face session, please send in any pictures to WyreDigitalMedia@WyreScouts.org.uk or send them to a member of the Media Team on Workplace. Please make sure you have permission to take and share pictures of your young people.
Social Media Feedback Survey:
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the survey on Workplace. If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the survey, you can fill it out, here.
We are compiling a report from the responses, which are anonymous and this will be available in the next edition of Wyred.
We are also acting on the feedback as soon as we receive it. One thing that has been mentioned so far is to use more pictures of our own young people, which we’ve already started doing!
If you want to give any additional feedback, please feel free to email us. If you want a response to any anonymous feedback you’ve give via the survey, please email us and say what feedback you gave and we’ll get back to you.
Dates for Your Diary:
6th October – The Scouts’, All Member’s Meeting (UK HQ)
14th October – Group Scout Leader’s Meeting
15th October – Virtual Wyre Beavers Event
16th October – 18th October – JOTI/JOTA October 2020
21st October – 1st Pilling Scouts AGM
7th November – All Appointments Training
16th November – Wyre All Member’s Meeting
You check out all the latest events in the Wyre Scouts diary, here.