The Purpose of Scouting
Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
The Purpose of LookwideUK
LookwideUK exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to achieve their full potential.
LookwideUK uses the Scout Method to reach out to young people that would not engage with mainstream Scouting, or indeed any other youth provision, and does not require young people to become members of Scouting, make a promise or wear a uniform. We offer personal development programmes that help young people to identify the strengths that they have and the skills they want to develop for their future.
In evaluating and celebrating our first ten years we identified a number of straplines that summarise how LookwideUK achieves its Purpose:
At the core of the Scout Method is the partnership between young people and adults; our personal development programmes are a journey that we complete together, not something that is ‘done to’ the young people that participate.
LookwideUK supports young people to access opportunities and training that can identify strengths, facilitate change and develop confidence.
Our partnership with a number of awarding bodies enables LookwideUK to offer accredited and certificated outcomes that recognised the soft and hard skills that young people have developed, and this helps young people to build a CV that opens doors to the future.
LookwideUK encourages young people to think beyond the present day through our everyday interactions, by celebrating achievement, offering information, advice and guidance and providing opportunities for young people to try new things and contribute to community projects.
Making a difference…
We believe that LookwideUK’s programmes not only make a positive difference for those involved, but also make a difference for those around them.
And indeed, as Lord Baden Powell once urged:
“Look wide, beyond your immediate surroundings and limits, and you see things in their right proportion. Look above the level of things around you and see a higher aim and possibility to your work.”
For the past three years LookwideUK’s target age group has been 10-19 years (previously 13-25). Conversations with education and youth services lead us to believe that this continues to be right age group for us to target. However, LookwideUK’s Purpose and delivery model is equally applicable to those between the ages of 8 and 25, and we may respond to identified needs within this broader age range where and when applicable. LookwideUK will continue to serve communities in Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Strategic Aims & Objectives:
1. To 'make a difference' for more young people
- Expand provision in North Tyneside and South East Northumberland
- More partnerships with families and social services
- More partnerships with schools
- More partnerships with communities
- More partnerships with the heritage sector and Heritage Lottery Fund
- Improved marketing, networking and visibility
- Piloting new ideas and exploring new opportunities
2. To deliver a quality service that identifies and respnds to need
- Maintain a knowledgeable, committed and experienced delivery team
- Engage in Quality Assurance
- Facilitate Celebration and accreditation
- Continue to be well resourced
- Build partnerships with other organisations
- Pro-active engagement with mental and physical well-being
- Outcomes measurement and evaluation
3. Financial stability and sustainability
- Identify risks and opportunities
- Secure financial stability
- Increasing and diversifying income streams
- Implementing full-cost planning
- Improved marketing and relationships with funders/commissioners
- Membership of local and regional consortiums and supply chains
- Expand the reach and income of our Starfish Club
- Seek advice and expertise from external sources
- Replenish and maintain a reserve fund
Delivering the future
LookwideUK’s Management Committee will continue to manage and guide the activities of LookwideUK on behalf of the County Executive. It has been agreed that the current organisational structure is fit for purpose, and that the optimum operating size for the organisation is:
- Management Committee of 6-8 active members
- A Chief Executive (4 or 5 days per week)
- An Administrator (2.5 days per week)
- Two or Three Full-time Lead Development Tutors
- A team of 6-12 Assistant Development Tutors, comprising both sessional employees, volunteers and student placements
In recent years we have had an opportunity to help make a difference in the lives of approximately 120 young people per year. This remains our target for 2016-17, with an ambition to increase that by 15% year on year.
The work required to secure and expand LookwideUK in the coming three years is substantial, and 2016 sees LookwideUK facing a ‘make or break’ situation, as a major source of funding comes to an end.
Northumberland County Scout Council and LookwideUK remain committed to ‘Taking Scouting a step further…’
LookwideUK Management Committee