As we start to think about returning to face to face Scouting, a reminder that expired and due DBS checks now need to be processed please. Full information on how this can be done is on the main Scouts website.
Getting everyone back together safely
I hope some of you have been able to watch the HQ webinars on about returning to face-to-face Scouting. The webinar on the 2nd July ‘Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely’ gives excellent detail on how we are going to do this, a recording is available here.
Guidance for completing risk assessments and approving face to face activity is all available via this link:
The general agreement across the District is that we will not be doing any face-to-face meetings before September. This gives everyone time to get to grips with the risk assessments and have conversations with leaders, parents and guardians on how this is going to work. Please do get in touch with one of us if you need any support.
Thank you for all of you that joined for the AGM Zoom last week, we had 36 on the call which is fantastic.
During the meeting our Chair, Chris Hughes, was virtually presented (at her front door) with a leaving gift as thank you from all the Groups and the District for her 14 years of dedicated service to us. Chris has kindly agreed to remain in post whilst we recruit a new Chair. A message from Chris:
Please pass on my thanks to everyone for the roses and the gardening vouchers. It was exceedingly generous of you and I very much appreciate the gift.
If anyone knows of a non-uniform adult that would be interested in becoming our District Chair, would you please ask them to get in touch with one of Team DC. I am sure Chris would be happy to talk through the role and time commitment too.
Congratulations to Ian Sims and Robin Mair for completing all the modules required for their District Commissioner Wood Beads, well done and that’s all 3 of us done!
Congratulations to Donna Ovenden, who has agreed to step into the role of Group Scout Leader at the 4th Eling. Donna has been covering the role for several months and doing that to coincide with lock-down was an admirable commitment. Thank you Donna.
We would also like to thank Marcus Sly as he steps down from the Group Scout Leader role at the 4th. We are not losing Marcus completely as he is staying with the 4th as a Groups Skills Instructor. Thank you for the time you have given and in continuing to support the 4th.
Congratulations to Charley Gradidge in becoming our first ADC Inclusion. Charley and I will be working together as new training and information is due out from HQ. Thank you Charley.
The Great Indoors Weekender
We hope that all of you taking part in the ‘The Great Indoor Weekender’ are having a brilliant time, loving the Facebook posts of all the things going on.
A reminder that a number of leaders need to renew their First Aid. For those who need to they can complete the First Aid e-learning using Hampshire Scouts First Response e-learning before booking onto a practical course as soon as we are able.
Leaders with First Aid that expired after 17th March 2020 will have 6 months grace to complete the e-learning and the practical session from when we return to face-to-face Scouting.
Leaders with first Aid that expired before the lockdown, will not have that 6 months grace so it is really important that you do the e-learning as soon as possible and book the practical when dates are available. Leaders that have completed the e-learning will be invited to book practical learning sessions before the dates are generally released.
Reminder: Risk assessments can’t be approved unless people are in date for compliance training. If anyone has any concerns about training or needs some help then please give one of us a call or speak to any of our Training Advisors, I don’t want Leaders to worry about this but it is important that you are advised.
Don’t forget that online Zoom training courses are available for lots of other modules, check out what’s available here. Plus side with Zoom is you don’t need to travel and you can stay in your jimjams.