North East Region DC's Conference Report

Attended by three Commissioners from Ingleborough District

This, from Sue Hadrill, DDC of Ingleborough District:

Recently, Ingleborough District Commissioner and Deputy District Commissioner joined dozens of other senior managers from the eight North East Counties at the Regional DCs Conference in Leeds.
reg dcs conf1As well as meeting colleagues from throughout the region to exchange views and news, the delegates were updated on the latest Scouting initiatives through a series of interesting and informative talks, group discussions and exercises.

Chief Executive, Matt Hyde
, opened the session with an interesting overview of the need for Scouting, and how its growing membership is providing skills for life across the globe. He celebrated recent successes, such as the Million Hands project, Cubs 100 and, by staying true to Baden-Powell’s original aims of inclusivity, work with the Muslim community is delivering excellent results. In addition, Matt talked about the huge amount of research that has been done to develop the new strategy for 2018-2023, and how work is still in progress to take the Movement forward into the next decade.

The new 'manager training scheme' was explained by Regional Training Manager, Chris Watson, and John McAtominey from the Regional Development Team talked about the useful support this team could offer at grass roots level.

Following a marketplace of resources and lunch, the afternoon session was opened by a presentation by Youth Commissioners, including our own Tom Haigh, about the importance of "Youth Shaped Scouting". The Chief Commissioner for England, Alex Peace-Gadsby, then led a helpful session on ‘Managing Change’, followed by Caroline Foster, a guest speaker from the business world, who tackled "Difficult Conversations", a situation that sadly DCs are faced with all too often.

Finally, Ian Chappell, the Regional Commissioner, closed the successful conference. If anyone would like more details about this inspiring day, please do contact Anne, Sue or Tom in Ingleborough District.

Thanks, Sue, for this. You can get Anne, Sue or Tom's details from the County Office