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FLAGS National Active Support Unit

Essex Pride

6th July 2014

Essex Pride

Essex PRIDE 2014 Briefing

Please note you need to purchase a tickets for this event.Www.essexpride.org

Thank you for offering to support Essex Scouts attendance at Essex Pride this year. This is a fantastic annual celebration of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community. We hope to build on last year’s success to recruit more adult volunteers and raise the profile of Scouting within the local community.

Just to confirm this year’s the event will be on Sunday 6 July 2014, 11.45am Introductions, the event starts at 12am until approximately 5pm for stalls at Central Park, Chelmsford. Please wear an iScout T-shirts (if you have them) on the day so everyone knows which stall you are from.

As part of Scouting’s strategic plan by 2018:

*Scouting will continue to welcome disabled, LGBT, black and minority ethnic members.
*Scouting will be seen as open to people from all backgrounds by the general public.

Essex Scouts wants to be sure that all Scout Members attending the event to promote Scouting are highlighting the same facts about Scouting and promoting volunteering with us in the same way which is the reason for this briefing before the event.

This year we really want to focus on raising our profile, showing that we are open to all and recruiting adults into volunteering, in particular we are focusing on Adults Leaders and Site Volunteers from Skreens Park. Brief role descriptions for these are:

*Section Leader – Manage and lead the operation of the Section. In particular, the planning and delivery of the Balanced Programme, with the help of Assistant Section Leaders, Section Assistants, Young Leaders and members of Scout Active Support as appropriate. Some of the tasks for which the Section Leader is responsible may be delegated to others in the Section, including other Section Leaders, Assistant Section Leaders and Section Assistants

*Section Assistants – Are adult volunteers who assist the Section Leaders and Assistant Section Leaders in delivering the programme to young people in Scouting

*House Keeping Volunteers – To help carry out and record health and safety checks in buildings, building cleaning, checking inventories, updating notice boards etc

*Event Volunteers – To help with car parking, traffic, security, bins and toilets on an Ad hoc basis.

*Maintenance Volunteers – To help with Basic DIY tasks and decorating buildings and helping around our grounds

*Gardening Volunteers – To help with the grounds of Skreens Park from weeding and planting to grass cutting and landscaping projects

*Summer Volunteers – Supporting instructors delivering activities to the customers of Skreens Park.

*Catering Volunteers – To help cook and serve meals, cleaning duties also required for Ad hoc basis. Basic cooking skills required.

A list of these roles will be visible on the stall on the day to show the variety of ways in which people can support Scouting and to remind us too!

On the Stall we will have leaflets on Volunteering for individuals and one for Employer Supported Volunteering should other organisations at the event be interested along with attendees that maybe interested in their professional roles instead.

We will of course have giveaways and this year we will have Sporks, Pens, Pencils, Key Rings, and Rainbow wristbands. All of which have our website on them so people can get in touch with us and see what we are doing too!

To attract people over to our stall and to show an element of fun we will have a selection of Garden Games out for people to use on the day which will give us the opportunity to go and speak with them too. We will have a competition to win a Sleeping bag, this will consist of them having to answer 5 questions which will all be Scouting related and all answers will be on our stall somewhere, we want as many people to take part in this as possible because the more people that take part means the more people that knows Scouting is open to all and looking for volunteers.

Here are some facts that we will have on the stall and can be quoted on the day are:

· 91% of Scout volunteers say that Scouting has helped them develop key skills for life
· 74% of the public believe we provide a safe place for young people to have fun and adventure
· 70% of the public say we are about challenging activities and citizenship
· We are seen as the UK’s most practical charity, 14% above average
· We are the largest co-educational youth movement in the UK (536,408 members, 415,453 Male 120,955 female)
· Scouting offers 200 Different Activities
· 38,000 Young People are still waiting to experience the adventure

Once again a BIG thank you for volunteering and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday 6th July for a day of sharing our adventure and welcoming new people into this amazing Movement we all belong to. Fingers cross for sunshine and blue skies.

If you have any questions then feel free to contact me on the details below.

Kind Regards


Rebecca Moran | Development and Administration Officer | Essex Scouts
e: rebecca.moran@essexscouts.org.uk | m: 07805 007426 | w:www.essexscouts.org.uk