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Upgrading the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District

Standards and technology has changed many methods of ‘doing things’.  The old attitude of just getting in there and doing ‘it’ can not meet the current demands that fall on the Hazelwood and Churchill Guide District, the stakeholders and others that Guiding as a whole, touches through it’s Guiding presence.

Sounds terrific but what does this mean?

Simply put.  Old methods have had to leave, die out and generally be replaced.  New standards have been introduced and are being accepted.  The recognition that the new standards are multitasked and far reaching had to develop, and be implemented through new structure, understanding and demonstrations.  Once the District and those within started to follow these standard requirements there appeared so much to do to catch up.

A needs analysis was completed thus the main areas of concern were noted.  Available for viewing people were surveyed as to what to do about the main points.

  1. The District needed to come forward into the 21st  Century. Being informed and developing a shared management knowledge basis common to all levels and understood and used by all within the Hazelwood and Churchill District.  The challenge has taken time, is still developing,  growing and being learned and supported by all members within the District. From the five year olds to the day we are no longer recycled!
  2. Communication and information was a challenge as often time constraints for parents and careers meant that activities, event, service and camp information just was not getting through. Hence information is gradually being placed onto this “ours2share.wordpress.com site, and is being posted on Facebook, twitter and yahoo [although twitter is still a challenge]
  3. Youth membership had gradually dwindled.  Leaders either retired or moved on. The responses to these challenges were simply to build the Guides self respect and resilience of themselves and what they were doing to levels that were reinforced and self fulfilling, to encourage negative influences to leave the District and Youth movement, to reinstate the Olave program and provide a continuous flow of age groups. To then find new leaders potential.
  4. Where the District and Youth members met had various challenges. So the venue was changed back to the the old Glendonald Maternal and Child Health Clinic building Churinga Drive, Glendonald.
  5. Occupational Health and Safety were of  paramount importance. Has lead to extending trainings as well as the creation a safe united muti-aged untied front.
  6. The public had been told that the Hazelwood and Churchill District was no longer functioning. Increasing our profile, including others and getting actively involved in the community has assisted and is growing.  The input is really beginning to make a difference in all the Guiding aspects.  Not having a very large public persona, having a low ‘man power’ base to call on for maintenance of our assets, while being unable to use our traditional meeting place of over fifty years was unintentionally back this public perception up.
  7. Isolation issues from the public and the other Units within the Region. Lack of parental transport has long been an issue.  Glendonald Maternal and child Health Center building is on the bus route.  So meetings are timed around the transport home. The idea that the early aged meeting times the guides and their parents are able to walk and be dropped off then the parent may catch the bus back around Churchill.- or become a Unit helper etc.
  8. Negative slanderous comments just would not go away.  For over twenty years [that I know of] different families involved in different organisations believed they had to much to gain to stop. So it was decided to make no response to these comments.  Once people had a chance to recognize just what it was Guiding was all about, what Guiding offered and just how inclusive and developmental guiding actually was our membership statics would be better.  the tide is turning slowly.  This chance had to be made to happen.
  9. Was the program actually meeting the needs of the members. A telling statement.  But was what was offered actually what was needed.  How did we bring through leadership, Patrol traditions, service, governance, ownership and so forth.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Knowledge management, Network, Qualifications, responsibility, Risk Annalysis, self, Service, what do Guides Do? | , , , | 4 Comments