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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Following the change in readiness level by The Scouts, we are now back at at RED (FROM 26th December 2020). Readiness Level. For the latest updates, please check out our dedicated page by clicking here.

18th Ipswich – Lockdown / Tier 4 #11

24th December 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Sadly, due to the fact that Suffolk has been placed into Tier 4 restrictions from Saturday 26th December, the readiness level for Scouting in Suffolk will return to Red. This means that no face-to-face Scouting can take place for the time being.  This is disappointing but it is for the safety of leaders and young people. Although levels of infection in Suffolk have risen sharply in the last few weeks our levels are still well below the national average; hopefully, this will be a situation that continues.

All sections will try their best to provide an online program for our young people.  Section leaders are trying their best to provide a fully online program to provide our young people, we strongly believe by continuing our meetings provides a lot to our families and our young people in this time.

As a group, we are unable to provide fundraisers during these times.  We are continually on the lookout for any funding we can find to help provide our group to deliver fun activities for our young people, if you know of any funding, we can apply for please do let us know at fundraisers@18thipswichscouts.org.uk

Christmas will be somewhat different for all of us this year, but times will get better and hopefully we can look forward to a better year in 2021.

Merry Christmas and all the very best for the New Year!

Best wishes

Denise Bloomfield (GSL) / Stuart Parker (AGSL)

18th Ipswich – Our Plans for Getting Back Together at Scouts Safely #8

Date : 24th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Recent announcements in England (22nd September 2020), the government has confirmed that as an essential service, youth section activity can continue unchanged, which is in line with COVID secure NYA guidance standards.

Well, we’re so very nearly there…. Monday marks the return of the first section to face to face Scouting since March with Bubble 1 – Cubs meeting at 18th Ipswich HQ (Outside).

Scouts will be holding an online (Microsoft Teams) meeting for all Scouts on the Friday 25th September 2020.

Just a few quick reminders from us:

  • You’re going to get (or already have had!) quite a few emails from the section teams about returning – please do read them carefully. While this is all going on we do need to make sure every activity is ‘Pre-booked’ so you will need to follow the link from the emails to parent portal to tell us if you’re coming or not. If you don’t ‘BOOK’ beforehand, we will have to turn you away which will be upsetting for all concerned. Please don’t put us in that position.   
  • If you haven’t already, please visit parent portal, login and check your personal details are correct – in the event something goes wrong and we have to liaise with NHS Test & Trace, we will need accurate details.
  • Visit our Getting everyone back together safely webpage regularly. It has all the dos and don’ts and hopefully will answer most of your questions.
  • Please, please be prompt with the arrival and departure times and remember to socially distance when dropping off/picking up. The email for the event will be clear about the arrangements, but we need to do our bit to ensure it goes smoothly and everyone is kept as safe as possible.

If anyone would like to Join the Leadership Team or Group Executive for the 18th Ipswich, please let us know. We needed extra help before Covid-19 hit, now we need you more than ever to get the group reopened!

Hopefully, next week we be able to share the successes of our sections their return in the various forms. 

Best wishes,  

Denise Bloomfield (GSL) / Stuart Parker (AGSL)  

COVID-19 News Bulletin #5 – Suffolk Scouts 24th April 2020

COVID-19 News Bulletin #5 – Suffolk Scouts 24th April 2020

Dear Suffolk Scouters,

Thank you for continuing to support scouting. We recognise that some leaders and volunteers within Suffolk Scouts may well be experiencing turmoil and challenging times within their own lives and families, so we ask you to support each other where you can. We appreciate that not everyone has the time and energy to devote to these new ways of scouting, some of you may be Key Workers or taking on additional volunteer roles within your communities. If you do need additional support, the family of Scouting is alive and well in Suffolk.

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