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Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17-09-2010
I am looking to conduct a series of talks in the Glasgow area to schools and youth groups on behalf of BSES (British Schools Exploring Society) expeditions. With the age range BSES target and the preparation required for an expedition the ideal age group to talk to are 14+ so I would hope to conduct presentations to Explorer and Network groups, ideally before the end of October (though I can arrange talks later in the year if required).
BSES are a youth development charity who specialise in development through a select series of scientific research expeditions, on average a month long, to some of the most remote areas on the planet. They visit areas far off the beaten track from the Amazon rainforest to Arctic Svalbard, taking individuals from throughout the UK aged between 16-23. These expeditions allow young explorers to push themselves to the limit, developing confidence, building team working and leadership skills, getting a taste for real fieldwork and learning new and exiting outdoor skillsets. Expeditions also have a strong fundraising and preperation aspect making the final trip all the more earned and worthwhile, there is support and mentoring for this process so finances should not present a barrier to potential participants.
BSES look to take individuals from a range of backgrounds, developing independance and confidence is all part of the process, these expeditions aren't intended for whole groups or classes to sign up for and all expeditions are run by highly trained staff so do not require input form teachers or group leaders.
As someone who has not only taken part in one of these fantastic expeditions but was also a scout for over 8 years I feel these expeditions are perfectly suited to those within the scouting organisation with the skills and interests they hold. Scouting gives young explorers a comprehensive camping and trekking skillset that is of great use on these trips. BSES have a rich heritage and strong reputation, having been founded by a member of Scott's final Antarctic expedition. They hold strong ties with the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme with expedition counting for both the expedition and residency components of the gold award. Their expeditions are a great next step for anyone who truely enjoys the outdoors.
If anyone is interested in BSES expeditions have a look at their website, www.bses.org.uk, but please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. If you think this might be of interest to your group and you have even just 10-20 minutes to spare one week call or email me and I can come along and explain what BSES is all about. Presentations are free of charge and flexible in both time and format, I can talk to a few individuals who are interested or whole groups if you want everyone to hear about the opportunities available. I believe taking part in a BSES expeditions was one of the best things I have ever done, it is a once in a life time experience that everyone should at least have the chance to consider undertaking.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 17-09-2010
Destiny Angels is a community helpline that provides practical and spiritual support for those in need, currently within 4 City locations in the UK.
Within the Glasgow area, the main crisis support we provide is food hampers and we distribute 20 - 30 hampers each week and provide regular support of furniture, clothes and other practical support.
Every Christmas, we run a campaign to distribute food hampers to families and individuals suffering from the effects of poverty. This year we would like to distribute 5,000 hampers across the City and we would like to partner with the Scouts to achieve this.
We love your commitment to do your best and to help others. Could your Group or Unit run a food collection campaign leading up to Christmas? We will award each Group or Unit with a certificate and provide you with a report on the difference you made to the lives of families and individuals across the City. You will also have the opportunity to run a stand at our Christmas Fayre, where we will be distributing a lot of the hampers.
The types of food we are looking for is as follows:
- Tea/Coffee/Hot Chocolate
- Tinned meat
- Tinned fish
We are also looking for these types of toiletries:
- Toilet Roll
Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciated, for the Christmas appeal or beyond. We believe that with the help and support of other organisiations, together we can make a huge difference in our city.
For more information, please contact Rebekah Moore, Foodstore Manager at Destiny Angels.
Author: Gary Bainbridge | Date: 15-09-2010
The Regional Commissioner is seeking to appoint a volunteer to the role of Regional Adviser (Activities) to provide support to adult across the Region is this key area of work.
The ideal volunteer will provide advice, effective support and training to enable volunteers across the Region to organise safe, adventurous activities for the young people in their section, in accordance with Policy, Organisation & Rules of The Scout Association.You will need to have an ability to balance your enthusiasm for the particular area with the aspirations and abilities of young people and be able to communicate clearly and have an appreciation of the requirement to communicate with others as part of a two way process in a timely manner.
Further details are available below. If you are interested in this role or if you know of someone who could provide this important support, please complete the nomination form below.
The closing date for nominations to be returned to Gary Bainbridge in the Regional Office is Friday 8 October 2010.