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Skills for Life Strategy: What have we been doing over the last 12 months?

Our 10,000 members, in our 508 Sections and Units, 145 Scout Groups and 11 Districts, are changing lives and changing communities across Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral - every day of the week. They enjoy fun, friendship and outdoor adventure. They develop a sense of optimism and strong values as well as the leadership and teamwork skills that are more valuable today than ever before.

A little over 12 months ago, The Scouts launched our Skills for Life Strategy and we engaged members to develop our local implementation plan. Through our plan, we are focused on supporting amazing leaders to deliver inspiring programmes and prepare more young people with skills for life. We’re increasing our impact in contributing to a better society by supporting young people to develop the best skills and the best possible futures.

Our Strategic Objectives

Growth Inclusivity Youth Shaped Community impact
We believe Scouts changes lives so we want to give every young person in the UK the opportunity to join. Everyone, regardless of their background, should be able to participate in Scouts. Every young person should be shaping their experience and developing their leadership potential. Through community impact projects, Scouts makes a difference not just to the individual but to whole communities.

Our Pillars of Work

To meet our objectives, we will focus on these three pillars of work:
Programme People Perception
A fun, enjoyable, high quality programme consistently delivered and supported by simple (digital) tools Supporting adults to make full use of the programme to deliver skills for life through adventure Increasing the number of young people achieving top awards Supporting use of the programme to increase our impact in communities Enabling section supporters to help improve programmes and develop confidence in adult volunteers Increasing number of young people shaping their programmes More, well trained, better supported and motivated adult volunteers, and more young people from diverse backgrounds. Ensuring we have enough of the right adult volunteers across our Scout Groups, who are… -  well inducted
-  well trained
-  well supported
-  recognised and rewarded Developing and embracing our #TeamMerseyside culture Enhancing levels of enjoyment and fulfilment Developing a culture of succession planning, where needed
Scouting is understood, more visible, trusted, respected and widely seen as playing a key role in society today. Ensuring relevance and understanding of Scouting to our communities – for young people and adults from all background and across all communities Celebrating our impact, self-worth, and perception. Developing our ‘internal community’ as a single team, delivering Scouting across Merseyside  

Our Progress

At County-level, we are here only for the purpose of supporting members across our Sections, Units, Groups and Districts. It’s been a busy year and we’ve been making good progress:

Download a summary of some of our achievements during 2018/19.

These highlights represent a mere tip of the iceberg of the achievements that have happened across our 508 Sections and Units, 145 Scout Groups and 11 Districts. We have enjoyed seeing and hearing about many of those successes at events we’ve visited, and reading about them every day of the week across your social media channels. Your achievements are phenomenal. Thank you!