South East Scotland Scouts
Charity registered in Scotland
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!
Training Advisers (TA) provide adult Scouts training support to help our young people be the best they can be. No prior Scouting experience is necessary to join as a TA, nor is formal training experience. Young people are amazing. It’s our role to help them realise this. And you can, as an essential TA helping our adult leaders deliver the best scouting experience for our young people. Flexible volunteering is available across the region in days and hours. Learn and grow as you go with this role.
Trainers are key to the volunteer training scheme at the Scouts. Training Advisers (TA) have an essential job in providing support to those undertaking training for their appointment in Scouting. The key role of a TA is to support a learner through The Scouts’ Adult Training Scheme. Our excellent South East Scotland Scouts TA team provide our volunteers with superb assistance, the tools and tips to feel trained, supported and happy in your role.
As a TA you will help adults navigate through the training process. You'll start by identifying the training needs for the person concerned and agreeing a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), planning how these needs can be met, validate training and possibly presenting some key modules as part of your learning or skills presentations. You will work with a wider experienced Training Team to support our learners.
The ultimate goal is to help our adult leaders secure their 'Wood Badge' which you'd play a pivotal role as this will mean they can deliver the best scouting experience for our young people today and tomorrow. Our training is award-winning and you have the chance to be part of this amazing experience - learning and growing as you go.
Our South East Scotland Scouts 7 Districts teams, who are – Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, East Lothian, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland are all looking for new faces to join our expanding training team in line with our recovery post covid and ongoing growth.
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?
Week by week, our volunteers inspire and provide #SkillsForLife for young people aged 4-25. We support Scouting in the Borders, Braid, Craigalmond, East Lothian, Edinburgh North East, Midlothian and Pentland areas
Our Squirrels, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts learn new skills, make new friends and stand on their own two feet. They’re supported by our everyday heroes - adult volunteers who shape young people’s lives for the better and find out a whole lot about themselves in the process, too.
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. As long as you're over 18, you can help out as an adult volunteer in Scouting.
Don’t fancy working directly with young people? We also have roles in governance, administration, planning, social media and much more! Get in touch with your local group and offer your skills/time.
There is no upper age limit for adult volunteers.
Sounds fun? Worthwhile? It is.
• Access to accredited training, including the Institution of Leadership and Management.
• Improved employability and wellbeing
• New skills and personal development
• Saltire Award / DofE supported
• Flexible approach to do volunteering including home-based opportunities.
• Supportive Volunteers and Staff
• Progression opportunities
• Inclusive Organisation
Midlothian Scouts currently do not have a District Secretary and we need one! We need your help to volunteer to become an Executive member. Do you have good administration skills? Would you prefer to support more ‘behind the scenes’? Can you help keep our records in order?
You will play a key role by leading the administrative work for Midlothian Scouts. No previous secretarial experience is needed, we just need someone who is good at admin and keeping records. This is an exciting central which could take about 2 hours or so per month only!
The Secretary will support the Chair of the Executive Committee to ensure the smooth functioning and sound administration of the Scout Group for instance.
* Provide administrative support to the running of the Executive Committee.
* Work with the Chair of the Executive Committee to set meeting agendas and arrange meeting logistics for the Executive Committee.
* Communicating with the Executive Committee and relevant Scout Council.
* Preparing the appropriate administration for the Annual General Meeting, including collating the Annual.
* Report and Accounts for the Annual General Meeting.
Though ‘Executive’ sounds a bit formal, it is not like that at all! We are a relaxed group of like-minded individuals!
This role is ideal for those who do not necessarily wish to work directly with young people but would like to help to support and develop Scouting a couple of hours or so a month.