Date : 17th September 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
We are really pleased to finally be able to say we’re back! Well, at least in a limited fashion.
Recent change to social gathering restrictions in England, the government has confirmed that youth sector (National Youth Agency) activity can continue unchanged (under the Amber readiness rules),we were exempt as a voluntary service offering after school clubs for children with a ‘Covid Secure’ approach to returning to face to face activities. Great news!
Cubs will be holding a online meeting for all Cubs on Monday 21st September, just for a hello and check in before hopefully returning to return to face to face sessions, beginning on Monday 28th September. Due to the size of the Cub pack and number of leaders we have, along with the required ratios, we have to split the Cubs into two (or three groups) – so will be meeting every two (or three) weeks. Cub parents will receive an email invite from Parent Portal (My.Scout) for the week that is their young person’s turn. Please respond to that email by clicking the link to either tell us you’re coming or tell us you’re not. This is really important as if you don’t tell us you’re coming, we may allocate the space to someone else. If that happened and you then turn up it would put us in the awkward position of having to turn you away. I (Stuart) will be emailing more details to let you know who will be invited which weeks, also a copy of the Risk Assessment. Timings and arrival/departure details will be in the email and it’s so important to stick to them carefully. Please do take a look.
Scouts will be next with a online meeting for all Scouts on the Friday 25th September, hopefully returning the back to face to face in the next few weeks.
Leaders from the Beaver section will be in touch with parents soon by email.
Here https://18thipswich.org.uk/Our-keeping-safe-code.pdf is a copy of Our Keeping Safe Code that we are using for all meetings. Please could you take a moment to discuss it with your young person. We’ll be talking about it the beginning of every meeting, but it really helps for young people to arrive already knowing about it and what to expect.
If you are receiving this email and your young person is no longer a member, or doesn’t wish to come back, could you please let me know – hitting reply to this email will get straight back to Denise/Stuart – so we can update our records and release spaces for new members who wish to join us.
Finally, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact either your section leader or Denise/Stuart.
Hopefully, I’ll see you all in person soon!
Denise Bloomfield (GSL) / Stuart Parker (AGSL)