Introducing Essex’s new Transformation Lead

As we drive forward our Skills for Life Strategy through to 2025, the Scouts are embarking on a positive and engaging period of change.  We want to continue offering high quality, safe and engaging programmes to our 16,000+ young people.
In doing that, we must continue to be a vibrant, forward-thinking movement, adapting to the needs of our ever changing society.  We want to reach more young people, be more diverse and make it easier than ever to volunteer for Scouts in Essex.
To achieve our strategy, Team Essex are excited to announce James Hopkins as our new Transformation Lead!
In the new role, James is responsible for leading, planning and implementing the Skills for Life strategy in Essex and will be building a transformation team during Summer 2022 to make this happen.  With a professional background in change and project management, and prior experience in Scouting as a leader, GSL and DC, James is looking forward to working with the thousands of adult volunteers we have in Essex to make Scouting locally even better.
Our new transformation team will work alongside our existing structures – so we can continue great Scouting whilst starting to deliver one of our key aims – to improve the volunteer experience – so that we can attract and retain more volunteers.
Within this, there are four identified key areas to focus on as a start:
– A warmer welcome for everyone
– Simplifying how we volunteer together
– Digital transformation: more support to help get everyday things done
– A more engaging learning experience
There is more that can be done to improve things further – like better rewards and recognition – but we can’t change everything at once.  This is a three year programme delivered in bitesize chunks.
More information will be shared from Autumn 2022 onwards.  If you have any questions at any point about the transformation programme, please email
2022-05-19T10:29:07+01:00May 19th, 2022|

Scouts show Pride

On Saturday 26th February ’22 Scout Pride Essex ASU were pleased to attend 2022 Southend Winter Pride at St Marks Church Southend yesterday. St Mark’s, is the home to 10th Southend Scout Group, where every leader is a member of the ASU.

In total 14 members of the ASU, from across Essex, attended the event to provide support. In fact, we had so many uniformed leaders in attendance that one of the Pride organisers commented on how many of us there were. This is Scouting. Inclusive and supporting.

The ASU has formed an excellent team who are ready for the summer program of Pride and County events.

We were also pleased to welcome the Southend Estuary District Commissioner Andrew Lewin who has also joined the ASU. Andrew, who took over the role in August, is looking forward to being involved in the ASU as we attend and support community events in Southend.

Jack Day – Unit Coordinator said “This year was the first year that we attended a pride event as an Active Support Unit, it was so heart warming to see how many Scouters, both adults and young people, came to show their support for inclusive scouting, this was the most volunteers we had seen at Winter Pride since we started to attend as Scouts”

Two years ago, we attended the Southend Winter Pride and just a few weeks later the world went into an unprecedented lockdown. And as the world stopped, Scouting had to adapt but it never stopped.

This year, we are looking forward to a full program of Pride events throughout Essex, to supporting our members, attending County and District Scouting events, and being with our Scout family. For information about joining Scout Pride Essex ASU, please contact our Membership Coordinator Mattie Day

2022-03-08T14:29:13+00:00March 8th, 2022|