42% Membership Increase in Second Year of Growth for Willesden Scouts

Scouts have opened over 1,280 new sections in areas of deprivation since 2013, help more young people develop #SkillsForLife. scouts.org.uk

Today The Scouts have released our census figures, and they show that Willesden has grown by 42% in 2018, this is on top of a 35% growth in 2017.

In 2015 Willesden District started a development project to grow our district and recruit more new adult volunteers. To do this we work with our National Headquarters to employ development officers to work locally in Willesden, seeking out community leaders and meeting places, and setting up these new provisions.

We ran taster session in Harlesden and St. Raphael’s; both projects recruited enough volunteers and young people to start new permanent scouting provision. The new sections in Harlesden have been so successful in their first year that they have already had to introduce a waiting list for young people to join. They are now on the search for more volunteers to offer Scouting to those on the waiting list.

Linda Anneh-Bu, our new Group Scout Leader at 10th Willesden Scout Group, said,

Scouting is a bit of lifeline to the community round here. It gives the young people really fun and exciting things to do and helps them develop skills that will help them in later life. I am proud to be part of the team that gives new opportunities to our young people.

In 2018 we opened four new Scout Groups in Willesden:

We also opened two new Explorer Scout Units for 14 to 18 year olds, Allegiance ESU who are joint with the 14th Willesden; and a Young Leaders Unit to provide training to Explorer Scouts who volunteer in other sections.

Already in 2019 we have run a taster session, a four-week trial and scouting activity day in Stonebridge, which this week has lead to the opening of a new Beaver and Cub section, expanding the 10th Willesden Scout Group.

While our initial three year project in now approaching its end we are now looking for local grant funding to take our growth even further and ensure the stability ind long term success of these new groups.

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#SkillsForLife Bulletin - March 2019

The first edition of the new Willesden #SkillsForLife Bulletin is out now! The new bulletin will keep you updated will all the goings on in the District and will reduce the number of emails you receive.

You can pick up print copies of the Bulletin at the Open House.

Don’t forget to book you place at the Willesden District Conference and Reunion.

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Office 365 for All Adult Volunteers

Starting in December 2018 we are rolling out Microsoft Office 365 to all adult volunteers in Willesden District. Every volunteer will have their own @willesdenscouts.org.uk email address and access to secure cloud data storage using Microsoft OneDrive.

We are doing this to help us better comply with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) allowing all volunteers to keep records, including those about young people, separate from their personal messages and records.

Office 365 was initially trialed with the District Team and GSLs, and is now being rolled out to remaining District roles, the activation for groups will start in the new year.

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We will also be making us of Microsoft Teams to allow greater collaboration between our volunteers. Volunteers will be able to message online including in a mobile app for Android and iOS as well as have online video calls, reducing the need to travel to additional meetings.

Willesden District 5-a-Side Football Competition

For the 2019 5-a-side Football Competition with have partnered with Powerleague Wembley who will run and manage the event for us.

Cubs, Scouts & Explorers will compete in three competitions; the winning and running-up team in each competition will be presented with a trophy and individual medals. The winners will also be presented with the District Cups, which will then be engraved with the results.

Teams can be between 5 and 7 members and sections can enter multiple teams. All details of teams must be booked in three weeks before the event.

Saturday 9th March 2019
9:30 am - 1:30 pm

The cost is £40 per team. Leaders should book teams in using the new online booking system. The leader in charge from the group/unit must hold emergency contact details for all members taking part.

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2019 Canoe & Kayak Taster Sessions

After all our 2018 taster sessions were all fully booked we are excited to announce our 2019 Canoe and Kayak Taster Sessions in partnership with Phoenix Canoe Club.

These sessions are for Scouts & Cubs aged 9 and over who are able to swim 10m.

These events should be booked directly by members.

Short film of the Willesden Cubs & Scouts Kayaking with the Phoenix Canoe Club in Brent. 2018

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Kayak

7th July & 20th Oct

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Canoe

14th July & 27th Oct

Eurojam 2020...

Wanted!

36 Scouts / Explorers to enjoy the
opportunity of a life-time at Eurojam

Join over 10,000 Scouts from across Europe in Gdansk, Poland from 26th July - 6th August 2020

Participants must be born between 26th July 2002 and 26th July 2006.

The Jamboree Leadership Team will be doing roadshows around the county during December 2018 and January 2019. Speak to your leaders for dates or email us below.

Applications must be received by 24th January 2019 and potential applications should be ready to attend a selection day on 23rd or 24th February 2019

Cost will be £995

For more information or a link to the application form email graham.drabble@glmwscouts.org.uk.