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Regional Circular 26 2016: Regional Scout Plan 2016-2019 Released

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The European Scout Committee is pleased to share with you the initial elaboration of the Regional Scout Plan 2016-2019. Following the Regional Conference in June the Committee has been engaged in a number of training opportunities, and was in particular guided by best NGO practice to allow the regional working groups to determine their own Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and to measure them on a regular basis.

Regional Circular 18– Funding Opportunities

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We are pleased to provide you with an update on Funding Opportunities available to NSOs and NSAs from the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM).

The document is a working tool for all NSOs/NSAs, aiming to offer comprehensive information about the different funding opportunities and gives an overview of the available funding opportunities, with useful information and direct contacts.

Particular attention is given to deadlines and procedures to enable you to be aware of the amount of time and preparation required for an application.

– Regional Circular 18 2016: Funding Opportunities Overview (English,French)

Refugees join the guides and scouts for activities and fun outdoor

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (46): a story from the Scouts and guides in the area Bergen, Norway.

The guides and scouts of Ulriken , Bergen in Norway invited refugee children from the Refugee Centre in their local area to participate in guide and scout activities. A day in the Refugee Centre can be both boring and long but together with the guides and scouts, the refugee children got a chance to experience days with activities that for them were new and in many ways strange and having not experienced them before. The children went sliding on a tarpaulin, made bread with the dough twisted on a stick and baked it over an open fire and, with headlamps, on a dark winter night, they went on a hike, and sat by the camp fire and drank hot chocolate. The refuges were taught “joggi, joggi, joggi” (the guide/scout shout) at the first meeting and in the corridors of the Refugee Centre would be heard “joggi, joggi”. The meetings were a great success for both the guides and scouts as well as the refugee children and you could hear they were counting down to the next time they many more events have been planned.

A tarpaulin makes a good sleigh on the snow.

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The Scout Movement helps refugees and migrants

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (34): What’s next after the #RefugeeResponseSeminar

During the last weekend in November, Guides and Scouts from 27 countries gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the #RefugeeResponseSeminar discussing how best the Scout and Guide Movements and other youth organisations can contribute to refugee and migrant support activities. The participants shared their experience and challenges gained from activities currently run to the benefit of refugees and migrants all over Europe and developed new ideas for future projects.

“As Scouts we are pragmatic.”, commented Andrea Demarmels, Chairperson of the European Scout Committee of WOSM, “We know that we cannot solve the long term challenges faced by refugees and migrants in Europe. We choose to take leadership with a pragmatic approach and react to the situation by joining forces with our local communities to make a difference for some of the people affected by the tragedy and consequences of war.”

The colourful “Wall of Ideas” illustrates the many proposals and concrete project ideas developed and collected over the weekend. Soon, these will be available for others who were note able to attend the seminar and seek inspiration to launch or continue their own initiative in their local communities.

In the meantime, you can join the public Facebook group set up for the newly created #RefugeeResponseNetwork and consult information made available on the event’s #RefugeeResponseWebsite; this is also where all resources and materials from the seminar will be published.

(Image: Luc Ibis Rubben 2015)

Refugee support activities in the Southwest Finland Guide and Scout district

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (29): a story from SP-FS- The Guides and Scouts of Finland.

The amount of asylum seekers have increased rapidly in Finland during autumn 2015. Although this situation is global and well-known still the numbers were a surprise and many temporary accommodation facilities were quickly established. In the cooperation with local Red Cross and the Parish union the local Guide and Scout district has organized voluntary-based help at the temporary accommodation facilities. Guides and Scouts have organized trips, taught basics of the Finnish language, helped with the donated clothes etc. Hygienic packs including toothbrush, toothpaste and soap were also collected. The planning of how Guides and Scouts can help and activate immigrants in social integration has started. However, more coordination with local Guide/ Scout groups, municipalities and other organizations is needed.   All Guides and Scouts future actions will continue to be voluntary based and free for all to join in.

 

Read other stories here

 

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“How to Accompany Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants?”

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (28): a training course offered by IICoS in France

Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja, one of the workshop facilitators at the upcoming #RefugeeResponseSeminar hosted by the Danish Guides and Scouts and supported by the European Scout Region and WOSM’s Messengers of Peace initiative, and her colleague Barbara Pelkmann are organising an International Training Seminar on “How to Accompany Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants?”.

The Course is proposed as a direct repsonse to challenges faced by professionals and volunteers of many institutions, associations and public services confronted with the continuous arrival of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Europe. It aims at developing intercultural competences and strengthening skills in diversity management. Participants will return home with a better understanding of how best to council and support refugees, asylum seekers and migrants during their arrival and integration process.

Details about this International Training Seminar are available in English, French and German, the three course languages.

Greek Guides in “Eleonas Refugee Camp” in Athens

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (27): a story from SHO- The Greek Guiding Association.

The Greek Guiding Association, faithful to the values of the Guide Promise and Law, has been actively involved from the very beginning in the relief efforts of the Refugee crisis in Greece. They started by collecting clothes, shoes and toys in good condition as well non-perishable food, blankets, sleeping bags etc. These are being delivered to islands such as Lesvos and Kos, and also to the new “Eleonas Refugee Camp” in Athens. In Athens, where more and more refugees and irregular migrants are being transported from the boarders the situation is difficult to manage and the authorities cannot cope without the help of volunteers. In the “Eleonas Refugee Camp”, where refugees stay for a short period before continuing their journey north, The Guides took responsibility to organize and run on a daily basis the clothes distribution. They also helped design and set up a safe playing space for children from 0 to 12 and  young leaders and Rangers organise playgroups for the children. During the weekends, they interact with over 100 children by using simple forms of communication and sign language.

Read the full story here, here and here .

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Lend a hand in South Aegean islands

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Scouts and Guides contributing to refugee support activities in their local communities in Europe (26): a story from SHO – The Greek Guiding Association

The Greek Guiding units on the island of Kos and on other Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, have been helping in the distribution of supplies to recently arrived refugees and also in interacting with their young children. “Children are the same everywhere; you do not need to know the language to play with them. It feels good to be able to offer them a smile, a way to forget the images they have witnessed and just be carefree, be children again” says a Young Leader from Kos.

During, the weekend the Greek Guides units from the islands of Kos, Rhodes and Leros joined together to help in three major ways: One team organised playgroups to play, sing and make crafts with the children. Another team helped in the cleaning of the shores or of other important places in the town and also, in the distribution of food and clothing. A third team collected and sorted the clothing, in order to help the “Kos solidarity” organisation.

The smiles of these people remain our inspiration to continue lending a hand and make real our Guiding Promise.

Read the full story here and here

 

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