Volunteering Opportunities

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Vacancies in Gloucestershire Scouts

Scouting offers young people the chance to have fun, learn new things and to develop new friendships. It provides exciting activities and games and opportunities to gain badges and awards. Through Scouting, young people can acquire the skills and knowledge that can be used for the rest of their lives.

facesBeing a volunteer in Scouting can be incredibly rewarding;  it can also enhance your CV and provide charity trustee experience.

If you would like to get involved in Scouting in any capacity – working with young people, managing adult volunteers or providing administrative support – please contact Louise Little, County Administrator at: admin@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk. You will then be put in touch with the relevant adults in your local area.

Listed below are some of the vacancies in Districts within Gloucestershire.

County Roles
Cotswold Vale
Forest Of Dean
North Cotswold
Stroud & Tetbury

County Roles

County Training Manager
Tom Harding has done a brilliant job over the past years, but would like to hand the reigns over to someone else so that he can continue to support the Cranham Management team. Out thanks go to Tom for all his work in this role.

In this role you would be working with DCC Adult Support and the existing Deputy County Training Manager and our County Training Administrator to enable volunteers to access the training they need to undertake their roles. This role will involve the following key responsibilities:

  • Line manage the County Training Team and Local Training Managers.
  • To work with the County Training Administrator to provide access to training to adults across the County.
  • To work with the Deputy County Training Manager to support training of Managers and Supporters through the regionally run training scheme.
  • Enabling our many adults in achieving their Wood Badges.

This role is an exciting role and with the County Commissioner and team will be able to really influence and provide direction to a very important aspect of Scouting across Gloucestershire

County Safety Co-ordinator
This new role will be suitable for any adult, whether uniformed or otherwise. We want to promote Safe Scouting in all of our activity and often Adults need support in helping them understand how we can keep ourselves and Young People safe. This role will involve:

  • Offering advice to others across the County about Safe Scouting (HQs, Activities and Campsites)
  • Enabling Adults to receive appropriate and effective Safety training
  • Advise the County executive Committee on Safety matters

County Media & Comms Manager
As you will all know, effective communications are at the heart of effective Scouting amongst adults. With this in mind, the County Commissioner wants to place a significant focus on how we can use communications effectively together to achieve amazing Scouting across Gloucestershire. This new role will involve:

  • Working with the Senior Leadership team to develop a communication strategy that reflects our National and County brand and tone of voice.
  • Working with our “Web Monkeys” team and magazine editor to develop our outward facing website and our information for our adults in Scouting.
  • Liaise with Districts to support County-wide communication strategy.
  • Helping adults get the information they need, when they need it.

Additional Information
All of these roles will be line managed by the DCC Adult Support (currently filled by the County Commissioner).

Please submit your application form along with a short (maximum 100 word) statement as to why you would like to undertake the role to admin@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk

Gloucestershire Scouting supports flexible volunteering where we will look to shape roles around the volunteers who are willing to do them. If interested, and the key responsibilities are something that you believe you can support, then please do apply and find out more.

The closing date for each of these roles is 9pm on 27th January. Interviews with the County Commissioner will take place in weeks commencing 29th January or 5th February.

County Quartermaster
A large amount of equipment is owned by Gloucestershire County Scout Council. Most of this equipment is stored at Cranham Scout Centre. A quartermaster is required to manage the storage, maintenance and use of equipment.

The time commitment for this role is relatively ad hoc. Agreement needs to be made with the centre manager as to when access to the equipment is required. Equipment bookings are managed via the centre and county administrators.

If you would like to become the County Quartermaster, please send your details, including any particular skills to the centre manager at info@scoutcentre.org.uk or call 01452 812309. A simple role description for this position is available here: Quartermaster RD

Stroud & Tetbury

Scouting is a worldwide organisation that provides opportunities for young people to develop and enables volunteer adults to develop skills too through training and support which can enhance CV’s and professional roles too. As part of a District Commissioner (DC) Team in Stroud and Tetbury, you would be focussed on supporting adults to inspire and enable them to deliver amazing programmes to young people. The role of DC in such a large district is best supported by a small team who together will develop Scouting, support Adults and help ensure young people get  programmes that are full of fun and adventure. Stroud & Tetbury is a proud and progressive group of Adults who support Scouting for over 1,000 Young People in Gloucestershire. We are looking to recruit three team members with the following responsibilities:
DC Lead – responsible for leading and inspiring the district leadership team, made up of Assistant District Commissioners and Deputy District Commissioners.
Deputy DC (Adult Support) – will work with the Local Training Manager in the District to ensure that adults have access to training and support. This person will also support managers across the district to enable reviews to be undertaken and Adult awards.
Deputy DC (Programme) – will focus on supporting our amazing adults to continue to deliver exciting balanced programmes, provide support for them to lead and undertake adventurous activities and help Young People maximise their opportunity to achieve the Scouting Awards. Skills for all members of the team.

Required: Good communication skills, ability to work as a team, organise own time and tasks and some computer literacy
Desirable: Able to inspire and lead adults, provide vision and direction, and Knowledge of Scouting and the Quality Programme. Roles are supported by the district and the wider county with training to develop skills for all adults.


Stroud & Tetbury DC Flyer

If part of, or all of one of these roles interest you please do enquire. For more information or to apply, please phone or email: Louise Little admin@gloucestershire-scouts.org.uk 01452 814256

Forest Of Dean

Explorer Leaders, Forest of Dean
Explorer Scouts (14-18 year olds) have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of adventurous activities. They can participate in the Platinum and Diamond Awards and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. They can also become Young Leaders, helping adult leaders to provide Scouting in the other  sections – Beavers, Cub and Scouts.We are looking for adult leaders and helpers to run and support the Explorer Unit in the Forest Of Dean. You can offer as much or as little time as you can spare as we require people to run evening programmes, monthly training events or even just someone who can keep records for administrative purposes. An interest in Scouting would be helpful, although is not essential.For further information, please contact Gary Law, District Commissioner for Forest of Dean at: dc.forestofdean@gmail.com  or 01594 541258.