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VACANCY: Could you lead the 3rd Barrhead Scout Group?

The 3rd Scout Group are looking for someone to take on the role of Group Scout Leader. They are a very active group who provide skills for life and adventurous activities to girls and boys aged 6-18 years. Ross Dunbar has been Group Scout Leader for the last number of years and has ensured the group has grown in strength year in year out. The District is grateful for everything Ross has done for the group and indeed look forward to him playing a continued role on the District Executive. 

The role of GSL is an important one within Scouting. You are the line-manager for sectional leaders within the group and responsible for the future planning and development. We are looking for someone who has a vision for the group, is able to grow the group, can work with parents, leaders, young people and the District team. There is a responsibility to work with the Group Executive to ensure the group is following and adhering to charity governance. 

The role is line managed by the District Commissioner. The GSL is a role with vision and responsibility. Having a GSL who will ensure promotion and attendance at District events is also important.

To apply for the role please click here to fill out the application form by the 6 October 2017. Click here for gsl-role-description. 

To have an informal chat about the role please contact District Commissioner, Rob Murray, 07703732233

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BREAKING: Eilidh Mather appointed ADC (Youth Involvement)

It is with great pleasure that Paisley & District can confirm Eilidh Mather is to be their first Assistant District Commissioner for Youth Involvement.

Eilidh is known to many across Scouting in Scotland given her roles in her home town, within the 33rd P&D (Gleniffer), PDSN and by sitting on various Scout Scotland working groups. Eilidh has a strong passion for ensuring young people are at the forefront of decision making and will bring this passion to supporting Beavers through to Network members within Paisley & District. Eilidh has an energetic and supportive personality that will help her developing youth involvement across the District.

Commenting on Eilidh’s new role, District Youth Commissioner, Fraser Robertson said: “ I’m absolutely delighted that Eilidh has been appointed as the first ADC (Youth Involvement) for Paisley & District.

Eilidh brings a wealth of experience to the role from her time working with SHQ, and already has some fantastic ideas for the future of Youth Shaped Scouting within the district.

I’m really looking forward to working together with her and Rob to further develop Youth Involvement within the district.

After news of Eilidh’s appointment, she said: “I’m excited to work across all sections assisting young people with shaping their scouting adventure. I am passionate about ensuring young people, regardless of their age, have the opportunity to have their say in Scouting.

“Fraser and the Youth Advisory Group have started to made real progress in developing the District Youth Involvement Strategy and I am looking forward to supporting them in the coming weeks.”

Eilidh can be contacted on ‘eilidh@paisleyanddistrict.org.uk’

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Paisley Scouter has “Gone Home”.

Bobby Faulds  passed away peacefully at Erskine Hospital on Monday.
Bobby was heavily involved in Paisley Scouting and was a key player within the District. Bobby was presented the Award of Gallantry for rescuing  a young girl from drowning.
District Commissioner, Rob Murray, said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Bobby’s friends and family
Bobby, over the years has given an enormous amount to Scouting and to the wider community. Scouting is thankful for his contribution to ensuring young people were able to get adventure. 
Bobby helped Scouting celebrate 100years in 2007 and he was passionate about ensuring Scouting continued for the next 100years. Bobby was presented an Award of Gallantry for rescuing a young woman, again highlighting the very best Scouting has to offer. 
As our Founder said… “Try to leave this world a little better than you found it”. Bobby’s family and friends can be proud to know that he did just that.”
There will be a service a Oak Shaw Trinity Church on Thursday 24 August at 11:45am. We would welcome a large Scout presence.
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District Swimming Gala 2017

13731722_1058299417593330_8350245061099492612_nThis year Paisley & District Scouts are pleased to announce our swimming Gala will be held at the On-X Linwood on 8th October 2017

The first race will start at 5:15pm with the presentations taking place around 7:15pm. Doors are open from 5pm to get ready so we can start bang on 5:15pm. This year we will have a sponsored prizes for the top awards.

Races will be available for Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorer Scouts & Network members.

Please ensure the permission form is returned to Section Leaders by 25 September 2017. This can be downloaded  by click here -> Swimming Gala 2017

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Scouts return home after 13days of adventure.

14days ago 70 Scouts and volunteers returned from an adventure of a life time to Poland.

After a yearlong training programme the teenage men and women spent 13days having fun, making friends, trying out new activities and building resilience. The programme included a trip to the Solidarity centre in Gdansk, a historic walk about the beautiful town of Gdansk, a visit to the Nato command centre in Bydgoszcz 8days of intercultural activities with Polish Scouts at Pólko, a trip to the famous Salt mine in Krakow, a morning of hearing about the horrors of the Second World War at Auschwitz, a visit to the largest water park and much more.

During the stay in Poland, Scouts from Paisley & Barrhead shared history and culture. The programme was designed with young people taking the lead.

Polish Scouts were treated to a ceilidh, traditional cooking and stories about Scottish history. Scouts spoke our local culture thanks to the support of the Paisley2021 team, as well as sharing experiences of British Scouting. During this fast paced exchange we were delighted to be able to keep the young people hydrated through sponsored Scottish Water bottles.

Commenting on the expedition, District Commissioner, Rob Murray said:

“Our adventure to Poland provided the Scouts and Leaders with the opportunity to grow as individuals, to make new friends and to learn more about the world we live in.

“Poland is a wonderful country with fantastic experiences be that; the people, it’s culture, cuisine and landmarks.

“Leaving for Poland we had a team of 70 people, returning from Poland we had a Scouting family of 140 with young people who grew in confidence and built resilience.”

Commander of Scout Troop Zawiszanie, Agnieszka Olejniczak, said:
“This was an excellent opportunity for Scouts from Scotland and from Poland to join together at our camp in Pólko near Bydgoszcz. 
“Scouts set up tents in a quiet forest on the river under the flags of the United Kingdom and Poland. After this we started a dozen or so days of joy, energy and friendship. Scouting is all about friendship, service, self-development and patrol duties. 
“We will never forget this joint camp, as we didn’t the one 12 years ago. See you next year.”

More pictures can be viewed here

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Paisley & District Scouts visit Auschwitz.

Around 70 Scottish Scouts and 2 Polish Scouts spent the morning at the historic site of Auschwitz- Birkenau.

With the thanks of three English speaking guides young people and adults spent four hours walking around the site, listening to the history behind the concentration camp and hearing the stories of those who were sent to the camp.

During a visit to the Auschwtiz-Birkenau Memorial site the delegation lit candles next to twenty three stones which translates to:
“For ever let this place be a cry of despair and a warning to humanity, where the Nazis murdered about one and a half million men, woman and children, mainly Jews from various countries of Europe.”

Commenting on the visit District Commissioner, Rob Murray, said:
“This was a very emotional day for our young people and adults as they saw and heard about the brutal techniques used by Nazi Germany during the War.

“As Scouts we promote and standby values of integrity, respect, care, belief and cooperation. With the tragic events happening across the world we must remember our history. As a worldwide family of Scouts we must continue to promote our values to ensure we have a more peaceful world to grow up in.”

Explorer Scout, Monica McFarlane aged 15years said:
“The trip let us experience something that we would never thought we would have. I couldn’t have imagined what it would be like.

“Spending time at Auschwitz, hit the whole group on a slightly different level but I think it has changed people’s outlook on the whole trip. This put a lot of things into perspective.

“Although we all found if difficult I feel it was a worthwhile experience that we will look back on for a long time.”

More pictures can be gained by clicking here. 

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First recipient of the Tom Nixon Award – Ally Weir

We are delighted to confirm that Ally Weir, 2nd Paisley & District (Abbey) is the first recipient of the Tom Nixon Award.

On St George’s Day 2017, our Honorary President, Mr Tom Nixon, was presented with a Silver Wolf. In response Tom was awarded with a trophy to celebrate his achievement and has decided to donate this to the District to honour a Scouter who has gone above and beyond.

Ally Weir was chosen out of a team of two hundred and eighty volunteers as he has shown this past year a massive commitment to Scouting. Tom and the District Commissioner felt that Ally was a first-class choice for this award.

Commenting on the award, District Commissioner, Rob Murray said.

Ally is an outstanding volunteer who really does represent the very best of Scouting values.

“He is first to roll up his sleeves and help out at all levels be that, Group- District- National and indeed international. This has been highlight over the past year through his heavy involvement in the Poland expedition and other big events.

“Week in week out Ally works with other volunteers within the 2nd P&D (Abbey) Scouts to deliver a top quality of adventure and skills for life to young Scouts.

“Given this is the first time this award has been presented, I think it’s very fitting that it has gone to someone who has set a high standard for future years.

Ally was presented the award at a special event by our Hon President Tom Nixon.

The judging criteria of the Tom Nixon Award is as follows:

Has shown outstanding commitment to Scouting, their group and the district

Plays an active role in district activities

Goes above and beyond for scouting

Has courage in all difficulties.

 

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Summer of adventure for seventy Paisley & Barrhead Scouts.  

On the 7th July seventy young men and women from across Paisley and Barrhead are going to Poland to take part in a two-week outdoor intercultural exchange camp with Polish Scouts. This is intended as the first in the series of cultural exchange camps promoting both Bydgoszcz, Paisley & Barrhead.

The young people will experience outdoor camping and a range of cultural activities. Camping with Polish scouts will give participants a new cultural experience and they will also see another type of scouting. The camp will ensure participants gain skills for life, take part in adventurous activities and make new international friendships that will last a lifetime.

During the expedition participants will get the opportunity to visit the historic sea-side city of Gdansk, the forests within Bydgoszcz and the historic city of Krakow. Participants also plan to visit the world famous Salt Mine in Krakow as well as the historic world war two site- Auschwitz. This visit will enable our young people to learn about the experiences of the past and how these can never be forgotten. On top of this Polish and Scottish participants will visit the NATO base in Bydgoszcz arranged by former Renfrewshire Scout Lt Cdr (OF-3) William Inglis from the NATO Force Integration Unit.

Ahead of the trip, 15 year old Explorer Scout, Monica McFarlane said:
“I am really looking for to this trip as it will allow me to learn about the history and culture of Poland. This expedition will also help me to gain new friendships with young people from the polish scouting movement.”

Expedition Leader and District Commissioner, Rob Murray commented: “I am delighted to be leading a team of 70 young men and women out to Poland for what will be 13days of fun, friendship, adventure and gaining skills for life.

“This expedition is a once in a lifetime experience where we will be visiting historical sites, camping, trying out adventurous activities and much more.

“I am very proud of the yearlong preparation our volunteers have done to ensure this trip is successful and I thank them for all their time. The young people have had a busy year preparing for this expedition and I know excitement levels are increasing the closer we get.

“I am looking forward to catch up with our Polish hosts and that we have a safe and successful expedition.

“This expedition will give us the opportunity to sell Paisley & Barrhead and I have been delighted to have been working with the Paisley 2021 bid team in ensuring we make the most out of this opportunity.”

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The Tom Nixon Award

On St George’s Day 2017, our Honorary President, Mr Tom Nixon, was presented with a Silver Wolf. In response Tom was awarded with a trophy to celebrate his achievement and has decided to donate this to the District to honour a Scouter who has gone above and beyond.

We are therefore delighted that within the next 10 days we will be announcing the first winner of the Tom Nixon Trophy. The individual who will receive this will fit into the following categories:

Has shown outstanding commitment to Scouting, their group and the district

Plays an active role in district activities

Goes above and beyond for scouting

Has courage in all difficulties.

Our District President & District Commissioner will be announcing the Scouter who will receive the Tom Nixon Trophy at the end of the month.

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VACANCY: Assistant District Commissioner (Youth Involvement).

Ensuring young people work in partnership with adults to deliver Scouting is extremely important to our District Commissioner and the District Team.  Last year we welcomed Fraser Robertson as our first District Youth Commissioner and the start of the District Youth Advisory Group in March. The next phase is to recruit someone who can help support the Youth Commissioner and DYAG in their goals.

We are looking for someone who is passionate about providing the best possible opportunities for our young people and who can support and motivate a team of young people and adults. The successful individual will be someone with good communication skills, an outgoing personality, is creative, able to take initiative, has sufficient time for the role, and is willing to travel round the district.

The ADC (Youth Involvement) is a key role which provides support and strategic insight into the youth involvement strategy and will be a key part of the District Team. This role requires the right individual to:

  • Help develop Scouting in the District.
  • Help direct Youth Involvement in the District in partnership with the DC & DYC.
  • Support Scouting in all Groups and Units with a particular focus on activities to promote youth involvement.
  • Support the District Youth Advisory Group with their work programme and meetings.
  • Lead the election in future years of the District Youth Commissioner.
  • Ensure that the voice of young people is heard at all levels of Scouting.
  • Provide mentoring to the District Youth Commissioner.
  • Encourage and promote participation in the ‘Youth Involvement Scheme’ and use of the ‘Youth Involvement Toolkit’.

To apply for the post please fill in our application by the 7 July 2017. The application can be found by clicking here. To have an informal conversation with the District Commissioner please call Rob on 07703732233.