East Lothian Scouts Deputy District Commissioner

  • VO90866
  • Home-based volunteering


Description

If you get a kick out of seeing things happen, achieving success and making a positive impact to a wide audience then being a Deputy District Commissioner (DDC) definitely provides all of that. In this role you will get to see the difference that Scouts makes to so many young people’s lives across a large area, helping them developing skills for life, fostering friendships and providing so many incredible and unforgettable experiences.

As our new DDC, leading and managing volunteers will provide you with so many opportunities and experiences. What you can gain by doing this really well can be a great asset for your professional life as well as in Scouts. The issues and challenges that you find ways to tackle will stretch you as an individual and as a leader and you’ll find yourself discovering new things that you are capable of achieving. As DDC you get to inspire, motivate, shape and develop the team, building friendships and establishing a sense of camaraderie focused around our mission for young people.

Deputy District Commissioner role, in a nutshell:

  • Inspire and enthuse people
  • Apply strategic thinking to a challenge
  • Build and lead a team of key volunteers
  • Be resourceful and energetic
  • Believe passionately about developing young people and volunteers

One key aim of the role will be to drive our District plan forward in reaching as many young people in East Lothian as possible and to help coordinate volunteer and youth recruitment in existing and new Groups in communities served by new housing developments.

So, what’s in it for me you’re wondering? Whilst volunteering as a DDC can be challenging at times, it is also incredibly rewarding and here is why. Working with the District Commissioner (DC), as a DDC you will be able to really develop and hone your leadership skills by managing teams of remote volunteers across the breadth of East Lothian. Leading and managing volunteers provides so much more opportunity and experiences than with employees, what you can gain by doing this really well can be a great asset for your professional life as well as in Scouts. The issues and challenges that you find ways to tackle will stretch you as an individual and as a leader and you’ll find yourself discovering new things that you are capable of achieving.

This role is all about people and one of the incredible benefits of volunteering in any role in Scouts, but even more so as DDC, is the teams of people you get to work with. You will inherit an incredible team of dedicated people leading
Scouting in East Lothian, from the District Commissioner who manages Scouting on a local level, to the people delivering high quality training for our Scout Leaders. As DDC you get to inspire, motivate, shape, and develop this team, building friendships and establishing a sense of camaraderie focused on our mission for young people.

If you get a kick out of seeing things happen, achieving success and making a positive impact to a wide audience then being a DDC provides all of that. In this role you will get to see the difference that Scouts makes to so many young people’s lives across a large area, helping them developing skills for life, fostering friendships, and providing so many incredible and unforgettable experiences.

As DDC you have a significant role to lead the progress of our strategy with the District Commissioner and team. It is an exciting time to take up the reins and support this work to achieve our ambitious goals for new young people.

And if you’re reading this thinking that it all sounds quite exciting and something you’d quite enjoy doing, but maybe
you’re worried about the timing or you might think there is someone else who would be better for the role, ask yourself if not me, then who? If not now, then when?

Organisation aims and objectives

We are South East Scotland Scouts. Scouting is for young people aged 6-25 and will help build confidence and self-esteem, learning important life skills and leadership skills, team building, outdoor adventure, education, and importantly have lots of fun!

Frequency and commitment details

Varies

Restrictions

Ideally suited to someone with some existing or prior scouting experience
Experience required: • Excellent written and oral communication skills • Provide advice and guidance effectively to volunteers • Flexible in approach • Provide strategic direction for the District • Motivate adults volunteering in the District • Build, maintain and facilitate effective working relationships with a wide range of people • Ability to negotiate compromises • Self motivated • Resourceful, energetic and enthusiastic for the job
Travel details: In and around East Lothian
Minimum age: 18

Support

Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: In agreement with your Line manager
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Initial conversation, meeting and taster
Training details: Our award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Our approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Last updated 2 months ago