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Rural Scouting Forum

The East of England Region is looking to help shape and trial a Rural Scouting Forum.

The purpose is for a group of Scouters from rural locations to find out more and, to investigate what could be done to provide further ideas and support to our volunteers, young people and volunteers in these rural situations.

An initial meeting to define how the forum could work will be held on 28 November. Volunteers should register their interest to take part.

Find out more in this message from Graham Woolley, Regional Commissioner for the East of England.


An Invitation: Rural Scouting Forum – East of England

Hello everyone,

For those of you who don’t yet know me, my name is Graham Woolley and, I have the pleasure and privilege of being your Regional Commissioner, supporting Scouting in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

At a District Commissioners meeting earlier this year in Suffolk, I became more aware of some of the challenges faced by our groups in rural areas. I gave a commitment at that time to find out more and, to investigate what could be done to provide further ideas/support to our volunteers (and young people/parents) in these situations.

This message invites you to join myself and a number of your County Commissioners for an informal evening discussion, where you can tell us more about your challenges (and hopefully some benefits/successes too!). We shall definitely be in listening mode, trying to build a good picture of Rural Scouting across the East of England.

The next step in this process will then be for us to consider (with our HQ colleagues as well) some ideas and ways in which our movement can help you deliver sustainable Scouting. We’ll then arrange a follow-up event early next year where we can all discuss and agree how to implement the appropriate solutions identified. We’re not promising to solve every problem right now, but to make a really good start, based on the facts you give us.  Hopefully there will also be some great practices we can share with our colleagues across the UK.

So, please check your diaries if you can join us on Wednesday 28 November from 19.30 to 21.30 (latest) at a central East of England venue.

Please let us know if you would like to take part by 15 November using this link, we will then send you further joining instructions.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28 November.

Thanks & best wishes,



Graham Woolley

Regional Commissioner

for the East of England

The Scouts