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You Shape Stories: Lucy

In this series of blogs, we will be sharing You Shape stories from around Merseyside. Next up, Lucy from Sefton North.

My name is Lucy and I’m Sefton North’s Youth Commissioner. Part of being a Youth Commissioner is to make sure all our young people are able to express their ideas and opinions, whether at their section meetings or at a wider District level.

People have often asked why I chose to be a Youth Commissioner. In truth I never knew the role existed until someone messaged me with the role description. After reading through it, I felt our young people needed a voice within the governing structures of our District. Also, I wanted to help give leaders the confidence to deliver activities suggested by their young people, even if they seemed impossible to achieve. So, I thought why not and volunteered.

Since then, our District has become more aware of the importance of allowing our young people to shape their adventures in Scouting. By using surveys, social media and by visiting various sections, I’ve been able to listen to leader’s and young people’s opinions and concerns. Furthermore, I’ve helped in creating opportunities for our young people to have their say in matters that affect the District, most recently the designing of a new District badge. As well as this, I’ve been able to help promote YouShape at County events such as Mersey Moot. More importantly, it’s been a chance for me to meet people and make new friends.

In the future, I’m hoping to set up a Youth Forum that allows young people from Scout, Explorers and Network to input their ideas on District wide activities and events. I also want to bring interactive YouShape activities to District competitions and events especially for Beavers and Cubs. Furthermore, I’m encouraging leaders to share their Youth Shaped activities no matter how small they are, either on social media or by emailing me. This is a great way for us to celebrate everyone’s achievements and a way to share ideas.  

The more our young people are involved in the planning and delivery of activities, the more they will engage and have fun. That’s what I enjoy the most being a Youth Commissioner, seeing our young people have fun and enjoying themselves! Youth Shaped Scouting is vital for our movement to grow and be successful perhaps for another 100 years. I would recommend being a Youth Commissioner to anyone who wants a challenge. Don’t be afraid to give it a go!

To find out more about You Shaped scouting across the county, take a look at our social media and share your own experiences with the hashtag #WeShapeMerseyside.