We are getting there slowly with the plans to return to face to face in person Scouting in Wales

As lockdown measures start to ease Rich, our Head of Strategy, has been working with UK Headquarters, CWVYS (Council for Welsh Voluntary Youth Services) and Welsh Government to understand what a safe return to face-to-face activities may look like.

This isn’t going to be an overnight thing, it’s part of a considered approach that incorporates feedback from key people working in the youth sector in Wales. This week we received draft guidelines regarding youth work.

We’ve asked a team of frontline volunteers from all four corners of Wales to join with the ScoutsCymru staff to review the draft Welsh Government guidelines and compare them to  our draft Scouting guidelines to ensure we have the right guidance and advice to both stay safe and within the law. We know that this may need to be tweaked when the final Welsh Government Guidance is published.

When this has all been done, we will be publishing a series of guidance and FAQ documents on the ScoutsCymru website which will make it clear where our advice is different to the other nations. It will also be shared via email to Group Scout Leaders and Commissioners. You are not on your own doing any of this. We’ll do it together, sharing ideas, notes and best practice.

Please remember, until this guidance is published, we will be remaining at the same level – with only digital provision being offered in Wales.

We know that a lot of you are excited about getting back together safely, but please continue to be patient whilst we work on this vital piece of work.

We also know that some of our members are anxious about returning face-to-face, but please don’t worry. Even when this guidance is published and our readiness level reduces, there is no need to rush back, please go at your own pace. Every individual, and every group is different so take the time to think, to plan and to make sure it is right for everyone involved.

If you are keen to do something while we wait you can use the time to get a head start on a few things:

  • Speak to your team to see if anybody is anxious or if they have circumstances that may prevent them returning to face-to-face just yet. The health and wellbeing of our volunteers is most important.
  • Check that you’re up to date with your essential training. Safety, safeguarding and GDPR can all be completed online from your home.
  • Get your DBS processed if you’re due for renewal. ID documents can now be checked over video calls for the time being.
  • Continue to be amazing! The digital programmes that are being ran across Wales are absolutely outstanding and it is brilliant that our young people are continuing to develop skills for life from their back gardens and living rooms.
  • Take time off to rest and recharge after a hectic few months.

Please keep your eye on your emails for further updates. When we have more information we’ll email it out and post it on our website.

Thank you for everything that you are doing to support young people and volunteers across Wales. This time has been difficult for a lot of you and we really appreciate your patience and your passion. If you have any questions please contact the team at ScoutsCymru HQ, who will be more than happy to answer and support you.

Rhian Moore

Chief Commissioner