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Young Leaders - the future is in safe hands!

Last Saturday saw the launch of the first of the County led Young Leader training sessions. 33 young people from across 8 Districts attended Module A training to kick start their journey of developing their leadership skills and providing valuable support to sections across Merseyside.

The training session gave our new County Young Leader Training Team, Chas Hawkins, Iain Parr and Nick Greenwood an opportunity to get to know the young people. As well as finding out about the sections they support and what they hope to gain from the Young Leader Scheme.  Some young people are completing their volunteering service as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The majority said they wanted to become Young Leaders to develop their skills before taking on a role as a Section Leader, and wanted to support the next generation of Beavers, Cubs and Scouts developing Skills for Life.

Module A training focusses on the role of Young Leaders and what is expected of them. They also learn about Safeguarding and how to keep themselves and the young people they support safe; look at risk assessments; have an overview of our policies and procedures; discuss how they are role models for the sections they support; and where they can find help and support if they experience any difficulties. 

A key message for the Young Leaders, and the section leaders who work with them, is about Young Leaders being encouraged to take part in programme planning sessions. They should deliver aspects of the programme (with guidance) and can run section forums.  Young Leaders are our future section leaders and need to learn and develop skills from their local leaderships team, so they can become our next amazing leaders. 

Thank you to all the Young Leaders who attended, gave their views and shared their enthusiasm; and thank you to all those who supported the delivery of the training session. The team are now planning the next steps for delivering modules B to K, more information will be coming soon.