Coronavirus

COVID-19 and Scouting in Suffolk

Suffolk Scouts have set up an action team to manage the risk regarding the COVID-19 virus, and to communicate advice and information to districts and groups in the county.

We are guided by headquarters and by Government guidelines, please see the external links for their latest advice.

Updates from Suffolk Scouts will appear below, please use the blue menu above to see all available resources.

Thank you for your continued support. Please remember that the key communications over the coming months will be the weekly email newsletter and our website https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus.  All content we post is based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines. Our Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated with pictures and videos of what our young people are up to regarding Scouting – there is lots going on! 

A recent UK survey showed that Suffolk Scouts is the top in the Eastern Region for running online programmes during the Covid19 pandemic, standing at 92% of groups, well done for your hard work and resilience in these challenging times.

Is your “virtual” programme accessible and inclusive?

Like many Groups and Sections across the UK, you may be successfully running virtual programmes with your young people. However, have you thought about those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities or those who struggle with social communication? 

One Cub pack (31st/9th Ipswich (Tuesday) Cubs) has every single Cub in the pack participating in their accessible to all and inclusive programme.

Here are some of their ideas that you may wish to consider. 

  • They have put out a range of 80 activities / challenges some of which are specifically aimed at gaining certain badges and some of which are purely for fun. The challenges are wide-ranging from the intricate to the quick and easy
  • The Cub parents can upload evidence that can be handwritten, typed, photos or video logs onto an education platform called Seesaw. Leaders can be contacted through Seesaw if there are any queries via parents and leaders are responding to every submission.
  • They also sent out the challenges in a complete word document at the beginning so that parents could print them if they prefer and have a complete list to cross off as the Cub does them. Any subsequent challenges added since the beginning have been added to the Seesaw platform and emailed to parents
  • It was sent out with a covering email explaining it was designed to be completed at home but there was no expectation or requirement for Cubs to HAVE to complete any of the activities and what they do can be done at their own pace
  • The Leaders are sending out a weekly update to all Cub parents detailing some of the highlights of what has been uploaded and making them aware of young people who have gained activity badges and any birthday or memorable occasions.  This is sent out during the normal Cub meeting time each week.
  • Some of the submissions from the Cubs are really innovative and clever ones as well as ones that make you smile e.g. one of the challenges is making a sandwich with one hand that links to the Disability Awareness activity badge and one of the cubs is using their foot to hold the bread still while they butter it and another one uses their mouth to open the fridge to put the butter away!

Thank you for your continued support. We have a selection of useful information for you this week. At the present time we have no idea when Scouting in Suffolk will return to normal but we do all need to pull together in groups and districts to ensure that we are ready when we get the green light to resume Scouting in whatever form that takes.

Please remember that the key communications over the coming months will be the regular email newsletter and our website https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus.  All content we post will be based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines. Our Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated with pictures and videos of what our young people are up to regarding Scouting – there is lots going on! 

Finance and Grants

We have news this week of several new potential sources of funding. The National Lottery Community Fund has been given an additional £300 m of additional funding from the government. You can access more information here.  The Youth Investment Fund is related to The National Lottery Fund but has another £100m of funding to bid for. There is a separate website for this.

Sport England has been given £195m to help sport and physical activity through this crisis and to support the long-term impact of the current situation. You can find out how to submit a bid here.

Thank you for continuing to support scouting. We recognise that some leaders and volunteers within Suffolk Scouts may well be experiencing turmoil and challenging times within their own lives and families, so we ask you to support each other where you can. We appreciate that not everyone has the time and energy to devote to these new ways of scouting, some of you may be Key Workers or taking on additional volunteer roles within your communities. If you do need additional support, the family of Scouting is alive and well in Suffolk.

If you feel you need extra support, there is a 24-hour First Response service in Suffolk and Norfolk run by the NHS for Mental Health. You can access the details of this service here.

Please remember that the key communications over the coming months will be the weekly email newsletter and our website https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus.  All content we post will be based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines. Our Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated with pictures and videos of what our young people are up to regarding Scouting – there is lots going on! 

Finance and Grants

Please ensure that your executive committees have reviewed your costs and incomes during this period. If you are concerned about finance in your group, please flag this up with you District Commissioner and District Treasurer.

At least one Council District (Babergh and Mid Suffolk) has set up an Emerging Needs Grant targeted at Community Groups. This can be up to £2,500 and may help with fixed costs. It would be prudent for groups to watch out carefully for grants such as these particularly as it could be quite some time before we get back to normal. Other business rates grants of up to £10,000 maybe available; please check your District Council here for information:-

Thank you for your continued support. Can I ask that you check in with volunteers who may be more vulnerable at this time and find out if they require assistance. A Scout is friendly and considerate.

Please remember that the key communications over the coming months will be the weekly email newsletter and our website https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus.  All content we post will be based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines. Our Facebook and Twitter pages will be updated with pictures and videos of what our young people are up to regarding Scouting – there is lots going on! 

Finance and Grants

Please ensure that your executive committees have reviewed your costs and incomes during this period. If you are concerned about finance in your group, please flag this up with your District Commissioner and District Treasurer.

About half of groups in Suffolk are not actively participating in the Government Gift Aid Scheme. You can also backdate the amount claimed for the previous 4 years.  https://www.gov.uk/claim-gift-aid