New staff appointments
We are delighted to welcome two new Local Development Officers to the Scouting Operations Team at Scouts Scotland, thanks to the generous and continued support of both the Cashback for Communities Programme and the Gannochy Trust.
The Local Development Officers will engage with local communities currently under-represented in Scouting and provide Scouting for them to include opening new scouting provisions in the local area.
Laura Sutherland has been appointed Local Development Officer for Forth Valley and Gary Ward will take on the role for Paisley and Renfrewshire.
We are also pleased to announce that we've appointed Terry O’Neill to the role of Senior Programme and Development Adviser to provide direct management to our Local Development Officers. Terry brings a wealth of Scouting experience to the role, which he will begin from 1 April.
Laura has supported adults, children, young people and families across Forth Valley for more than 10 years in numerous roles within community education, health, social work and addiction services.
Laura recently completed my Professional Development Award in Youth Work and is in her second year at West of Scotland University, completing a BA (Hons) in Community Education.
“I am really looking forward to working for an organisation that in my opinion has really moulded and influenced youth work practice in the UK. I am very proud to be taking on this new role and keen to learn more about how we can develop and extend Scouting across some of the hardest to reach communities across the Forth Valley area,” said Laura.
Gary started as an adult volunteer five years ago as Beaver Scout Leader in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. Over the years he has held a number of leadership roles including Explorer Leader, Assistant Group Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner (Beaver Scouts), Assistant District Commissioner (Adult Training). He has also been involved in the Appointments Advisory Committee and as part of the Clyde Region training team as a group tutor.
Gary is studying at Glasgow University within the Bachelor of Technological Education programme to become a secondary teacher of technological subjects.
“I am very excited to start working with the local community to encourage young people from all areas to participate in the fun and exciting opportunities that Scouting can offer. I am also very keen to promote the fantastic benefits and rewards that Scouting can offer,” said Gary.
We intend to add to our team of Local Development Officers, as soon as resources can be made available, to ensure that the fun, challenge and adventure can reach into more communities across the country.