Coverage of the growth of Scouting in London continues with a visit by BBC London news to our new Cub Pack at Stonebridge.
The following new appointments were announced at the AGM.
District Youth Commissioner
Hugh Woolley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assistant District Commissioner - Cubs
Smita Dancklefsen (email@example.com)
Assistant District Commissioner - Events & Activities
Paula Fortune (firstname.lastname@example.org)
District Appointments Secretary
Anne Kittappa (email@example.com)
At the AGM the Development Sub-Committee presented "Reaching the Top" our District Development Plan for 2020-2023.
Our plan for the next three years is simple.
More young people in Willesden will achieve the Chief Scout’s Awards and the Queen’s Scout Award. We will do this by building on the success of our last development plan.
This plan can only be delivered if we work together. Collectively, we will make our District bigger, stronger and more impactful.
We have allocated £135,000 of our own funds to run a minimum delivery plan. To deliver the full plan we will apply to the Young Londoner's Fund and the Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy to total a £405,000 budget over three years.
After 25 years of service to the District, Wally Hooper stepped down as Treasurer and was elected to District President at the Willesden Scout’s AGM on Saturday 15th June 2019.
To thank Wally for his time and dedication he was presented with a Gold VIP ticket to the September Airshow at Imperial War Museum Duxford.
The following people will be Executive Committee Members for the next year. The Committee has the option to co-opt up to four additional members to bring in additional skills.
District Chair: Martin Beard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
District Secretary: Deirdre Bretnach (email@example.com)
District Treasurer: Frank Penter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
District Commissioner: David Kitchen (email@example.com)
District Youth Commissioner: Hugh Woolley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wayne Eastmond, SL 23rd Willesden (email@example.com)
Matthew Lyons, AESL Pioneer ESU (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Theresa Mills, BSL 23rd Willesden (email@example.com)
Denise Pambakian, Group Secretary, 25th Willesden (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DC's Nominated Members:
If you’re aged 18-25 and have the spark of enthusiasm for making Scouting better, you may be the person we’re after. If you know someone who’d be suitable, please encourage them to apply.
Here’s what we’re after:
We need young people who can…
Do things without waiting to be asked/pushed
Come up with their own plan of things to be done
Have their own ideas of how to improve Scouting
Balance their time to fit in with other things in their lives
Engage all young people in the District
Work with other members of the District Youth Team
Help plan and run events
Shout about Youth Shaped Scouting
Feedback to young people on what they’re doing for them
If you’re aged 18-25 (talk to us if you’re slightly younger) and meet these criteria, then we want to hear from you!
Application Deadline, Midday Monday 10th June 2019.
10th Willesden Scouts were featured on Sky News on Saturday 18th May 2019
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:
27th Willesden in Neasden
10th Willesden in Harlesden
35th Willesden in St. Raphael’s, and
14th Willesden in Kilburn
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.