At ScoutsCymru, we are committed to ensuring Scouting in Wales is an inclusive movement. We want to provide young people in Wales with the opportunity to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

Scouting is open to all young people in Wales regardless of faith, gender, sexual orientation, race, or social background, we encourage our members to do more, learn more and be more.

To uphold this, we have put together a team of likeminded people who have a real passion for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Our EDI sub-committee is here to work towards making a difference for all our young people.

We wanted to introduce you to the team and give you an insight into the work they will be doing.

Next up we have our Head of Operations, Tracy Lowe.

After 23 years working for Barclays Bank, Tracy was looking for a new challenge and to work somewhere that she could make a difference. She joined ScoutsCymru in 2011 as Office Manager and over the years has learnt, experienced, and enjoyed what Scouting provides to everyone within our communities.

Why did you want to become a part of the committee?

I wanted to become a part of the committee to help make a difference, so that every young person and adult has the opportunity to access what Scouting has to offer.

What are the main goals of the committee?                                   

The main goals of the committee are to support the vision that Scouting is more inclusive within the ScoutsCymru Skills for Life strategy, by creating a fair, supportive and encouraging environment with which our young people, volunteers and staff engage responsibly. We want to encourage practices that take into account the right of individuals to be treated with dignity and respect and to recognise the valuable contribution that can be made by all.

Why do you think the work of the committee is important?

Now, more than ever, is the time to follow our values, think about others, actively listen, and educate ourselves to help us open our doors to even more young people and volunteers.

What do you hope the committee will accomplish within the next year?

Within the next year I hope we will have produced resources and training materials to support our members and our Programme activities and events are inclusive, ensuring that all our members feel valued and can take part in Scouting. I also hope we successfully extend our reach into new communities.

A fun fact about yourself

At the age of 11, I auditioned for a part in the Welsh National Opera’s Carmen and toured with the production across the UK for a year which was an incredible experience!