The Scout Association is embarking on an exciting and innovative volunteer development programme in 2017. We are delighted that Alec Tomlinson, Assistant District Commissioner Recruitment was selected to take part in the pilot. Whilst this is a national programme, here in Axe District we are currently working to create out own local development approach.
National Future Leaders Programme (FLP)
Fourteen people are participating in the pilot of the first ever national Future Leaders Programme (FLP) and will be immersed, initially, in a one year supported programme that will equip them to take on senior volunteer management roles much sooner than normally anticipated.
Traditionally, taking on these roles has required a number of years’ experience to be successful; the Future Leaders Programme is designed to dramatically reduce this time frame and prepare people for these challenging roles.
Two important drivers from The Scout Association strategy are Inclusivity and being Youth Shaped. The Future Leaders Programme will help create volunteer managers that are both reflective of the diversity of the local and UK community and to give a greater representation of young adults under 25 years of age (though crucially, the programme will be open to all).
South Yorkshire County have been selected to trial this initiative, however it will role out to Avon County in the not to distant future.
District Leadership Experience Programme
Casper Stein, ADC Development (14-25), is looking to extend the Young Leaders Scheme and enable a number of 16-24 year olds to gain experience through placements within the District Team, alongside additional learning. In a similar way to FLP, this programme will aim to reduce the time it takes young people to gain the confidence and knowledge to take on District Roles. More details to follow in 2017 but if you're between 16-24 years old and would like to get involved in a District pilot, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so he can keep you updated with our plans as they develop.