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01/11/2020

click here for example Risk Assessments

 

We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families, as the spread of Covid-19 has caused schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, The Scouts want to do what we can to help.

While we normally love the great outdoors, we've pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing "I'm bored" every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors. You can find activities suitable for your child by clicking here


You could also help your child complete an Activity badge. Once you've completed all the requirements, why not email photos to your section leader to show what you've done. There are links to our activity badge pages below:

Beaver Activity Badges
Cub Activity Badges
Scout Activity Badges


Please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Covid Risk Assesments

Below are a number of downloads that can be used to support you and your team in creating the risk assessments. They are to be used as a starting point and designed for you to add and amend as necessary.
Make sure that however you choose to document your risk assessment it is clear to anyone who reviews it or uses it.
 
Remember:
 
A risk assessment is only effective if you and leadership team act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
 
Don’t just copy the examples, your circumstances are unique and so you need to do a risk assessment appropriate to your setting, making sure you are clear on the hazards and controls.
 
Even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, the controls may differ, so make sure you are being clear on what you will be doing in your location to control the risks and then follow through on these controls.
The example risk assessments below will be regularly updated each quarter by the District Team. If you have any questions about any of the resources, or any additions just
 

Below are a number of downloads that can be used to support you and your team in creating the risk assessments. They are to be used as a starting point and designed for you to add and amend as necessary.
Make sure that however you choose to document your risk assessment it is clear to anyone who reviews it or uses it.

Remember:

  • A risk assessment is only effective if you and leadership team act on it. You must follow through with any actions required and review it on a regular basis.
     
  • Don’t just copy the examples, your circumstances are unique and so you need to do a risk assessment appropriate to your setting, making sure you are clear on the hazards and controls.
     
  • Even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, the controls may differ, so make sure you are being clear on what you will be doing in your location to control the risks and then follow through on these controls.

 

For more information please visit 

scouts.org.uk staying safe and safeguarding safety planning and assessing risk

 

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More info in early 2021

 

Scout Network Meon Valley

scout.network@meonvalleyscouts.org.uk https://twitter.com/ukscoutnetwork https://www.scouts.org.uk/network

Scout Network - 18 to 25 years

Try more. See more. Do more.

You’ll stand on your own two feet and make memories to last a lifetime.

 

What do Network members get up to?

Scout Network connects 20,000 18-25-year olds across the UK and gives them the opportunity to take part in a huge range of exciting projects and events centred on the themes of ‘Adventure’, ‘Community’ and ‘International’. Whether you’re organising a local meet-up or a once in a lifetime trip to the Amazon, it’s all about working together to build new skills, seek out new experiences and make a difference in the world.

 

Network groups are flexibly run and self-led. Members can create profiles on the Scout Network website, using the platform to meet others with similar goals and share their progress. There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve, and members can also work towards a number of Top Awards. A full list of badges and awards can be found here.

 

How often do Network members meet up?

Local arrangements will vary. Network members don’t necessarily meet every week. Some might meet a few times a year to complete a single project together. Others might dive into lots of different projects at once or meet locally more regularly.

No matter how you’d like to do things, advice on how to get the most out of projects and events can be found here.

 

Who runs Scout Networks?

Members manage their own journey, organising their own projects with the support of a District Scout Network Commissioner and Programme Coordinator (if one is in place). Throughout their journey, they might also interact with Assistant County Commissioners (Network) – who assist with Network activity throughout the wider County – and the UK Scout Network Commissioner, who oversees Network activity across the whole of the UK.

 

How do I find my local group?

Not sure where to start? Search for a group that best suits you here. If you’d rather not be affiliated with a specific group, you can still take part by signing up to be a part of the wider UK Scout Network only.

 

Is there a uniform?

Yes. Network members wear a stone shirt or blouse with an added Scout Network uniform badge. If they like, they can also wear the nationwide UK Scout Network Scarf or their local District Scout Network scarf (known as a necker). M

 

The journey continues

If you were a Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout or Explorer Scout, you'll already know that being a Scout is all about completing awards at every step of the journey.

As an Explorer, there are more chances to soar than ever before, as you'll be introduced to a whole new range of Top Awards. 

You can work towards as many awards as you like, at your own pace.

 

Are you ready? Let’s get stuck in.

Chief Scout's Diamond Award

The Chief Scout's Diamond Award is the highest of the Chief Scout's Awards. 

Queen's Scout Award

The Queen's Scout Award is the top achievement for Explorer Scouts and Scout Network members. Earning it is a huge achievement!

For more information on the Chief Scout’s Diamond and Queen’s Scout Award, download the Reach The Top guide for Explorer Scouts, Scout Network members, Leaders and Commissioners.

Download Reach The Top Nov 2019

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

Test yourself with an Award for every level of challenge.

Explorer Belt

The Explorer Belt is the challenge of a lifetime. Explore untrodden ground over a ten-day period, test your limits and get to grips with a new culture.

Scouts of the World Award

Be a global citizen and make an impact on the world while learning new skills.

Membership Award

Once you've made your Promise, you'll earn your Membership Award, featuring an image of the fleur de lis. This is the international Scout symbol, worn by Scouts all over the world. 

Digital Badges

There are 395 virtual badges currently available to achieve from a wide variety of activities, events and countries. How many can you earn?

 

Taking on a leadership role

Eventually, it’ll be time embrace your next big adventure.

Volunteer

Share your skills, gain new ones

Quick links

Volunteer vacancies

 

Week by week, our volunteers empower thousands of young people to learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re our everyday heroes. They shape young people’s lives for the better and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.

Today, there are nearly 60,000 young people on the waiting list to join us in the UK. We’re more relevant and more needed than ever, but it’s not always easy to keep up with the demand.

 

That’s where you come in.

You don’t need to be Bear Grylls to join us. You don’t need to have been a Scout when you were younger. You don’t even need to know how to put up a tent.  Our door is open to people of all ages, genders, races and backgrounds, and we’re only able to change lives because people like you lend a hand. We’re talking about tea makers, tidy-uppers and skill sharers. We’re talking about minibus drivers and first aiders. We’re talking about students who want to boost their CV, and parents who volunteer so they can spend more time together as a family.

Whatever your skillset, lend a hand for as little or as much time as you can spare, and we promise you’ll get more out than you put in.  Because whether you’re helping a leader to run an activity in the local town hall, organising a night away, or buttering 120 slices of bread a group of very hungry eleven-year olds - no two Scout meetings are the same. The difference you make, though, is always great.

We provide the training. You show up, get stuck in, and make memories for life.

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Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.

Find out more and be a pioneer by starting the first ever Meon Valley Scout Network, RSVP to this invitation.

RSVP by 01 December 2020 to scout.network@meonvalleyscouts.org.uk to register your interest. In the meantime please read the enclosed information and please visit the UK Scout Network website scouts.org.uk/network

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District AGM - 15th September
09/09/2020 By Angela Knight
Hello Everyone,
 
Unfortunately this year under these unusual circumstances during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold the annual AGM in the usual manner, therefore our first (and hopefully last) virtual AGM will be held on 15th September @ 19:00 
 
The District Executive would like you all to join us for a short zoom session - Click here to send an email to obtain the log in details for the Zoom details from Angela.
 
For the annual report, please click here.
 
Agenda
1. Introduction 
2. Apologies
3. Trustees' Annual Report
4. Receive and adopt the Annual Report for the previous financial year
5. Receive and adopt the Financial Statements for the previous financial year
6. Standing down of existing Executive Committee Appointments
7. Elections and Nominations for Executive Committee Appointments for 2020-2021
8. DCs' nomination of District Chairperson
9. Nominations and Election of Treasurer and Secretary
10. Nominations and Election of Executive Committee Members
11. Nomination and Election of Independent Examiner
12. Nominations and Election of Solent Scout Training centre (Lyons Copse) Management Committee
13. Close of Meeting
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Corona Virus Update 11September 2020
27/06/2020 By Angela Knight

District events cancelled due to Corona Virus .

District Camp - Rearranged for the 30th April to 2/3rd May (Bank holiday weekend) 2021.

·         HQ’s framework and guidance on getting everyone back together safely is out and County’s aim is: to ensure that every adult volunteer and young person can return to face-to-face Scouting confident that it is safe to do so.

 

·         Join the HQ webinar on 2 Jul to find out more about the approvals process.

 

·         County is already working on how to support Districts but there is more to do. Cluster meetings in the next two weeks.

 

·         We need a collaborative approach to share expertise and meet the County’s aim by getting 251 groups and 27 districts to work together.

 

·         Risk assessments are key, and Districts have a central role.

 

·         Safety, safeguarding and, where required, first aid training are compulsory. Risk assessments can’t be signed off until those leaders delivering face-to-face Scouting are in date.

 

·         There is no rush and remember, face-to-face Scouting is still suspended.  We are at Risk Level RED.

 

1.         National framework and County aim.  On Thu 25 Jun, you received HQ’s framework that outlines the overall approach – with guidance documents – on how face-to-face activities could take place safely.  There is a lot of information to take on board, but it is clear that Districts have a big part to play.  We are conscious that there will be a range of experiences in the County with some people being professional experts in risk assessment whilst for others, given the importance of getting this right, they might find the whole thing overwhelming.  County’s aim is: to ensure that every adult volunteer and young person can return to face-to-face Scouting confident that it is safe to do so.

 

2.         National approvals webinar. On 2 Jul, HQ will be running a webinar explaining how the approvals system will work which I recommend that you, your Executive teams, and your GSLs join.  So that we can work together on this, we will be arranging Cluster meetings in the next two weeks for DCs and District Chairs to discuss how we share best practice, experiences and expertise.  I truly see this as a time to work across Districts and not just within Districts.  I also think that Groups will need to take the same approach.   

 

3.         What is County already doing?  Some things that County is already doing to help are:

 

·         Communicating the readiness level.  Our County website will be updated to reflect the current readiness level. This will also be communicated in HSU. I encourage you to regularly remind people what the readiness level is and what it means.

·         Activity site risk assessments.  The Ferny Croft team will look at their own site risk assessments for each of the readiness levels and will be available to work with all camping and activity sites in Hampshire on their risk assessments in order to share best practice and to enable economy of effort.  If you would like sites in your District to be part of this approach please contact: ops.manager@fernycrofts.org.uk.  The Ferny Croft team will be hosting a webinar for all Districts with Camp Sites or Activity Centres so that they can discuss the requirements needed for these facilities to be reopened.  Please reach out to them for any advice or guidance. 

·         Our pitch. As we start preparing for a return, Matt Hyde (CEO TSA) talked about ‘our pitch’. The County media and communication (perception) team will be working on the following areas in Hampshire: 

  • Our 'pitch' as Hampshire Scouts - securing public support. Who we are and what we do - and why the public should support
  • Retention of volunteers 
  • Retention of young people 
  • Digital content - both for Programme and general promo 
  • How can we be more proactive to find, and share positive stories? 
  • Positive publicity / good news stories for local news outlets 
  • Cohesion with other county teams, such as the growth and development team, to support their intentions moving forward

4.         A collaborative approach.  We will be arranging Cluster meetings over the next couple of weeks to discuss and agree our approach.  We need a collaborative approach to share expertise and meet the County’s aim by getting 251 groups and 27 districts working together. We need to share expertise and economise our effort.  Let’s do this together especially where Groups don’t have a full Exec Committee or a GSL in place. 

 

5.         Compliance training.  Page 5 of this document under the people section is clear.  Not in date for safety, safeguarding or, where required, first aid training, then a person can’t deliver face-to-face Scouting.  As DCs need to approve Risk Assessments, they now need to make sure that all adults are in date when we start face-to-face Scouting.  Now is the time to push that message and, where people are not willing to do so then they can’t deliver Scouting.  A risk assessment can’t be approved unless people are in date for compliance training.

 

6.        There is no rush.  There is a lot of information to digest, but there is no rush.  As you will read in the documentation, our return to Scouting will be progressive so our plans need to prepared in the order of the readiness levels.  One thing that we have spotted in the Getting back together safely framework document (paragraph 3.4) is that ‘Adult volunteers may meet together in line with current Government Guidance regarding adults in social settings’.  You may wish to encourage your adult volunteers to take up this opportunity to meet to discuss their plans for a safe return to Scouting in line with the current guidance. 

 

7.         Talk to people. As per the Scout Headquarters calls this week please take this opportunity to reach out to all of their members, both Adult and Young People and confirm with them that they will be interested in becoming involved in Scouting when face to face activities are able to restart.  Please take the time to update OSM with this information and also details of any new members that have become involved in your online activities over the last three months.

 

8.         Census update.  Please note that Scout Headquarters have informed us that the Annual Census will be moved to 15th October, so please do ensure that your membership records are up to date.  If your OSM records are up to date it will make taking the Census numbers a much easier task.  Payments for the Annual Subscription will still be made in April each year. 

 

9.         2021 HQ fee.  The National Scout Council is due to vote over the coming weeks on whether to increase the Annual Subscription fee to £6.00 or to £7.50 (which will include £1.50 ringfenced for hardship funding for Groups).  As soon as we have the details confirmed we will let you know.  Please do let your Group Executive, District Executive know of any impending funding issues or hardship cases and feed them back up to the County level, we can only act on what we know.  

 

10.       And finally, to repeat my comment above, face-to-face scouting is still suspended (we are at readiness level RED) and we should not expect that to change in the very near future.  The work that we all now need to do is about preparing for a safe return. I therefore respectfully ask you to hold the HQ line and do not side with those who argue we should be opening up now.  Instead, please explain to them the steps we, along with other Youth Organisations, are taking to ensure that we all make a safe return to face-to-face Scouting.

 

Together we will return to face-to-face Scouting safely and ensure everyone feels confident enough to do so.

 

Thank you and keep well. 

 

Regards,

 

Martin

 

Martin Mackey

County Commissioner

Hampshire Scouts

 

A couple of Risk Assesments for Guidance

Activties-away-from-the-meeting-place-Example

Adult-Training-or-Meeting-Example

Covid hike

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Our New DC
16/04/2020 By Kevin Gillkerson

We are pleased to announce that Meon Valley Scouts now has a new District Commissioner Angela Knight who joins us from Easter.  Our thanks go to Robin Cook who has acted as our DC over the past year while we found a suitable candidate.Angela started her scouting journey almost 30 years ago as a venture scout at Shedfield, a few of you may well recognise her as she has also held roles at Wickham and was also our District Explorer Scout Leader, along her scouting journey Angela has supported all sections both at District and County level.

 
Angela can be contacted on  DC@MeonValleyScouts.org.uk
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