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Give and Gain

Sorry for the gap in blog posts but I have taken a few days off Scouting for my birthday last weekend, it’s also been a little bit hectic at work.

I have however been involved in several Scouting engagements last week and the week before. I have also been trying to get my head around the new reports available from Compass which promise to help improve my team’s ability to communicate with a wider audience.

I have a few things I would like to share and will try and get those out tomorrow, in the meantime I want to tell you about how I spent yesterday.

Yesterday was Give and Gain day, a yearly initiative organised by the Business in the Community.

As part of this initiative I attended a round table event coordinated by Norwich Waitrose, Active Norfolk and UEA Sportspark.

The aim of the event was to allow businesses who would like to support their communities meet community organisations and understand the challenges they face. Likewise representatives of community groups and charities get to meet each other as well as businesses.

The discussions were facilitated by employees (partners as they are known) from Waitrose who were volunteering as part of Waitrose’s Community Matters volunteering time budget.

Here is some of the  things I picked up about the support Waitrose will consider to any group within the dotcom delivery area of their stores:

  • Consideration to be selected as one of their green token charities.
  • Support with volunteering hours from their partners
  • Visits into stores
  • Support with healthy eating information
  • Use of their training room for community group meetings

Waitrose have stores in Norwich, Wymondham, Swaffham and North Walsham with quite large dotcom areas so much of Norfolk is covered. Mel Spellman, the community manager at the Norwich store is going to pass on the contact details for her colleagues in the other branches and I will update this post when I have them.

I also got to chat to some other community groups who were really interested to hear about Scouting’s vision for 2018 and this has got their minds thinking about how we could possibly work together.

Finally I met with Sophie Cabot who is the Volunteering Administrator at the UEA and we have penciled in a meeting for when the 17+ Advisor is appointed to start building a better relationship between Norfolk Scouts and the 20,000 people associated in someway with the University. (The potential is mind blowing there!)

All in all a very productive day, thanks to Waitrose, Active Norfolk and the Sportspark for organising. I also have thank my boss, Devan for letting me escape for a few hours to attend!

More tomorrow….

Matthew