Making the difference for young people in Suffolk

We have an opportunity in Suffolk Scouts for a District Commissioner in Wolsey District. You don’t have to live in the District or have Scouting experience to apply! Our current District Commissioner is retiring, having done a brilliant job running the District for a number of years.  

Scouting nationally continues to roll out the ‘Skills For Life’ Strategy which enables thousands of young people across the country to gain unbeatable life skills for their future. We require the new District Commissioner to lead and manage the District team and support the running of quality programmes, so young people achieve Top Awards. As the District Commissioner you will also lead the recruitment, training and succession plan for Scout leaders, as well as raising awareness of Scouting in Wolsey.

There is now an opportunity for you to apply or put forward someone you know for the role. If you want to find out more about what the role involves, please contact Keith Barber, Deputy County Commissioner.
Don’t hold back, ask for more information and you may find yourself ideally suited to take on the challenge!  More details below....

About Wolsey District

•        Spans - Central and West Ipswich to Claydon and Bramford to Shotley and Capel St Mary.

•        Covers - 13 Scout Groups / 2 Explorer Units / Plus Scout Network & Scout Active Support

•        Includes - Just under 700 young people and over 300 leaders

•        Achieves - Top Awards (Chief Scout Awards/Explorer Belts) 98 achieved in 2022/2023

•        You! - We need someone who can provide leadership, motivation and guidance to our other adult volunteers.


As part of the Wolsey District Team, your focus will be on co-ordinating the following:

•        Direction, strategy and ensuring that an excellent programme is in place for the District and within Groups. Work with district section leaders to ensure that new ways for delivering programmes are shared and implemented across groups so top awards are earned by young people. Supports the Skills for Life “Programme” element - A fun, enjoyable, high-quality programme consistently delivered​ and supported by simple (digital) tools.

•        Succession planning, adult development, growing new groups and sections and operationally ensuring the district is running effectively. Supports the Skills for Life “People” element: More, well trained, better supported and motivated adult volunteers, and more young people, from diverse backgrounds. ​

•        Ensure that scouting makes an impact in the local communities. Work with groups and units to share best practices. Drive good communication using a range of communication tools for internal and external audiences. Supports the Skills for Life “Perception” element: Scouting is understood, more visible, trusted, respected and widely seen as playing a key role in society today.

You will know how to motivate people, produce plans and have the charisma to inspire other adult leaders. Above all, you will believe passionately in Scouting for All, helping Scouting grow, become more inclusive, more youth-shaped and make a positive impact in local communities.

There will be full training, mentoring and team building to support you in your new role. Applications need to be in by 31st December 2023.

Keith Barber
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