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Blog | NEScouts now at Amber
11/03/2021 By Aaron Wappler

Following the recent announcement from the Scottish Government relating to some easing of restrictions and in line with the strategic framework, I have been working with YouthLink Scotland to update the guidance for Youthwork Activity in Scotland. I can confirm that Scouting in Scotland (along with other youth work providers) will be moving back to the Amber readiness level from Friday 12 March 2021.

As you will be aware youth work continues to link closely with schools and therefore, from tomorrow, we will move to Amber with groups allowed to meet outdoors in group sizes of 15, this includes young people and adults.

From tomorrow you will be able to operate within your local authority until further information is made available about the updated level system later in April. This can include non-contact outdoor activity. However, group travel as part of the activity e.g. outings and trips, is currently not permitted. Please note that adults can cross Local Authority boundaries to get to their normal meeting place.

I am still working with the Government on longer term plans for camping and larger group sizes but we expect these to be introduced steadily throughout the summer. We hope that this will be a phased approach and we will keep you advised.

As with the strategic framework, all target dates are subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.

Physical distancing should be maintained at all times between adults, between adults and children/young people and between young people aged 12 and over. This is currently 2m. Youth work leaders should consult the latest Scottish Government guidance for the current default position for physical distancing, including the rules for children aged 11 and under and those aged 12+. Leaders should also continue to follow FACTS. Face coverings are optional outdoors, unless physical distancing can’t be maintained for short periods.

We always need to consider the risks as we’re dealing with different strains of the virus and the majority of people at our meetings will not have been vaccinated yet. Outdoor meetings are being relaxed initially due to the lower risk of transmission outdoors, and we would recommend meeting outdoors where you can, in the spring and summer months.

Taking part in Scouts is voluntary for all leaders and young people and nobody should be pressured to return to face-to-face meetings before they are comfortable doing so. We hope that by the spring every young person is able to take part in Scouting provision whether that be online or face-to-face.

In order to make it easier for Leaders to restart, we have simplified the guidance on equipment sharing and we have clarified how our adult supervision rules apply when operating multiple limited size groups close together. This can be found here.

Scout Network organised activity can be carried out in line with these updated guidelines, but adult only groups must continue to adhere to household rules that from 12 March 2021 will be a maximum of 4 adults from 2 households.

If Groups have had an amber risk assessment approved this will still be valid, but we’d encourage them to review their risk assessment before meeting again. There is no requirement to resubmit the risk assessment to Districts for approval unless they’re making a big change to the way they plan to operate. For those Groups who have not yet had an Amber risk assessment approved then this should be submitted to your District Commissioner before any face-to-face contact can take place. Make sure you've read all of the details about getting back together safely and protecting ourselves and others.

Please remember too, that all adults in your leadership team must have up-to-date training in Safety and Safeguarding, before they are permitted to participate in face-to-face meetings.

This news is welcome and is the first step in what we hope will be a gradual reintroduction to activities and I will continue to work with external organisations and our UK Team to make sure that we do everything to make the process as seamless as possible.

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Blog | Build a Snow Sculpture Competition
09/02/2021 By Aaron Wappler
Open to all sections, from Beavers to Network across NEScouts.
 
Is it an igloo? Is it a plane? Is it a snowman? Well, be creative with your idea, build it and send in your picture for your chance to win some cool prizes as part of our NEScouts snow sculpture competition!
 
Leaders: We would also be delighted if this could count towards a badge with your section. Please let us know if you do!
 
How to enter:
 
1) Build an interesting snow sculpture and place a necker on it.
 
2) Take a photo and upload it via our form (it would be great to see the snow sculpture maker as well, but no problem either way!
 
3) Give the NEScouts Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page a like or follow!
 
Entry Judging: Our panel of three from the #NEScouts team will vote and announce the winners on the 21st of February.
 
Prizes: There's £25, £15 and £10 Amazon Vouchers for first place, second and third place! (We can convert this to the same cash value for another provider like iTunes etc.
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The Royal Navy’s Area Engagement Team aim to engage with young people from diverse sections of the community and provide a better understanding of the roles which the Royal Navy undertake. The team offer the opportunities for young people to enhance and develop various skill sets such as team building, leadership and communication through any online platform, a good addition to a zoom programme.
 
The team have assured us that their job is not to recruit, it is to help stimulate the minds of young persons through relevant sessions and to enrich their understanding of the Royal Navy with some fun and learning, they are happy to discuss any particular concerns before any session.
 
The team consists of regular and full time reservists. They all come with various experience and adventures to talk about. They also have different trades and backgrounds within the Service, including a submariner, aircraft engineer, mine warfare specialist and a chef.
 
They can deliver virtual webinars on the following:
 
1.      Webinars on how the RN operates/its roles
 
2.      Webinars about Leadership, Team building and Communication
 
3.      Various presentations on life in the RN, HMS Queen Elizabeth, Humanitarian aid etc     
 
4.      Q&A on requested related subjects
 
5.      Virtual cookery lesson
 
They are able to present on most of the virtual platforms which are available. These presentations would be most suitable for Scouts, Explorers and Network troops. The team are available anytime, including evenings and weekends.  
 
If you would like to find out more about the sessions or book one of your Group, please contact Ken Sutherland via email: Kenneth.Sutherland891@mod.gov.uk

 

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Blog | British Red Cross - Virtual Workshops
11/01/2021 By Aaron Wappler

The Red Cross is happy to announce they are back and delivering educational workshops to the North of Scotland. The team in community education has been working hard over the hiatus and they have added two new workshops to our catalogue, all of which are now available both face to face and digitally! This means that their workshops are now available for those groups which were previously difficult for them to reach due to the ciurmstances.

The digital offer is free to all Scout Groups, and extends to all your Scout, Explorers and Network Sections, these sessions can be delivered over Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Note: this content is not available for Beavers or Cubs at this stage.

Their current catalogue includes:

First Aid

A digital workshop where you will learn essential first aid skills. We will introduce you to the work that we do in the UK, help you to build the confidence and willingness to help someone in an emergency, using everyday objects that you have around you. We also show you where to get support if you have an injury or illness. Our First Aid sessions fulfil the criteria for your level three badges, although consideration should be given as to whether or not all the objectives can be achieved online.

Empathy and Migration

A digital workshop to learn more about the people in your community. We’ll look at the different reasons people leave home, help you to develop empathy about migrants' motives for moving and understand the obstacles they face in their new homes. We can help you to challenge assumptions about migrants, asylum seekers and refugees as well as develop mutual respect and understanding of your community by using stories to build empathy.

Tackling loneliness

Anyone can experience feelings of loneliness, especially now. This workshop teaches young people what loneliness means and explores how loneliness can be experienced even in a crowded room. We encourage learners to use creative activities, such as telling or writing stories, to overcome loneliness in themselves as well as reaching out to others who might be feeling lonely. The young people will explore strategies to reduce loneliness, including talking to a trusted adult of friend, or joining clubs to increase and strengthen friendships.

You can find out more about our digital offers and book them at: https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CalendarTest%40brcsbrms.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/
For face to face sessions just get in contact with James and he can arrange some provisional dates.

If you have any questions about any of our offers feel free to get in touch with James Dickie Community Education Coordinator for North East Scotland by email JamesDickie@redcross.org.uk

 

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Scotland enters AMBER Phrase
17/07/2020 By Aaron Wappler
From 12pm (17 July) we are moving to the Amber readiness level in Scotland. 
 
So we can begin to deliver face to face activities you must complete your risk assessments and get all the relevant approval by your line manager. 
 
This means for most Scouts in the North East of Scotland you can now organise COVID-19 safe face-to-face activities outdoors only with a maximum group size of 15, including Leaders.
 
Make sure you read all of the guidance and steps that must be taken before any face-to-face activity can begin: https://www.scouts.scot/…/change-to-the-covid-19-readiness…/
 
Should you require your DC's contacts check out the 'Meet the Teamsection. 
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