Team Pink are the team of the Executive Officers and Assistants who are responsible for the running and development of the National Student Scout and Guide Organisation.

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The Exec

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Chair

Samir Soares

What I've done
  • Hello there!
  • The SSAGO Chair Samir is here to update you with what I have been doing. I have been making sure SSAGO can safely return to face to face activites talking to the NYA and Scouts ensuring this can be done safely among other behind the secnes stuff with the Scouts, Guides and SAGGA. We have begun to look at SSAGO policy changes aswell as progressing with SSAGO becoming a charity.
  • Finally I have been organinsing an EGM for this summer to elect 2022 national SSAGO events so keep an eye out on that!!
What I'm working on
  • Face to Face SSAGO: Supporting SSAGO clubs and events to return to face to face meetings safely
  • Events EGM: Organising elections for 2022 national SSAGO events, watch this space!
  • SSAGO, Scouts and Guides: Continually communicating with Scouts, Guides and SAGGA working together for to collaborate for everyone's benefit and raising SSAGO's profile positively.

Last updated 13/06/2021, 19:23

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Secretary

Tom Webster

What I've done
  • Meetings: I've been to lots and taken lots of minuites.
  • Policy: Restarted the policy fixers project with lots of regular posts.
  • Safeguarding: Dealt with issues and met with The Scouts for a better process going forwards.
What I'm working on
  • Policy: Updating and creating lots of new policy on safeguarding, welfare, GDPR and national events.
  • Emails: Sending and recieving lots of them!

Last updated 10/06/2021, 11:14

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Treasurer

Alex Banwell

What I've done
  • Charity: I have started updating the constitution, as well as I have had meetings with various groups to gather more information.
  • Bank Accounts: I have been working on changing the signatories for the accounts to enable me to apply to set up additional accounts, and perform other administrative tasks with them.
What I'm working on
  • Charity: To work on updating the constitution to turn SSAGO into a charity
  • Bank Accounts: To set up new accounts (shop/indie/events (including regional)) to improve the operation of the SSAGO finances. I also intend to make some operational changes to make the running of the finances smoother.

Last updated 01/05/2021, 11:40

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Publicity

Leon Brindley

What I've done
  • Social Media: I've been consistently posting on the SSAGO social media pages- particularly Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I've also scheduled posts for important dates in the future (like Pride Month and Father's Day).
  • Additional Promotional Videos: I've put together a new National SSAGO Promotional Video, which I'll be publishing shortly!
  • SSAGO Support: I've communicated with partners about future SSAGO Support events.
What I'm working on
  • Promotional Videos: I've been working on new promotional videos for SSAGO- if you have any video clips which you want to be included, you can send them in at ssago.org/special/upload!
  • Customisable Advertisements: I'm planning to create new advertisements (social media posts, flyers, etc.) which local SSAGO clubs can customise to their liking!
  • Online Publicity: I'll continue to publicise SSAGO on social media.
  • SSAGO TikTok: I plan to create more content for our new SSAGO TikTok! If you want any SSAGO-related clips to be featured on there, make sure to send them in! :P

Last updated 18/06/2021, 16:46

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Members

Rose Moran

What I've done
  • Socials: In the last month I joined in with NUSSAGG, DUSAGG and SAGGY's joint social night and had an in-person picnic with BUSAG.
  • New Clubs: I have gotten in contact with some university networks in Northern Ireland in the hopes of creating new links.
What I'm working on
  • Closing clubs: Started working alongside Charlotte (Archivist) on a new official process for closing clubs. I hope to have this sorted by the end of June, including a new closing clubs factsheet.
  • Regions: Working with each region to discuss what they want/need from their region.
  • Participating in as many club events as possible!

Last updated 30/05/2021, 23:16

The Assistants

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Quartermaster

Joe Barnes

What I've done
  • Clearing old orders: There is a backlog of nearly 100 orders in the Shop that need either extra items sending out, or are waiting for new stock to arrive before I can complete the order - so thank you for being patient. I am in the process of sorting out the outstanding orders offline, but work has got in the way in the last few weeks.
  • Neckers: Several suppliers have been / are being contacted for samples based on the closest matched swatches; the supplier with the best quality/cost combination will receive a very large order of neckers!
  • Badges-at-home: I have most of the outstanding badges that people have ordered, most orders are waiting for badges that are stranded in the Netherlands before being posted out to people.
What I'm working on
  • Reopening the Shop: My number one task is to get the shop back up and running efficiently. However, Oli has announced that the same problem that has caused some issues with other parts of the SSAGO website has completely destroyed the shop, so the Shop may well not be back online for some time. Once the backlog of orders is sorted, I will look at taking orders directly if the website isn’t back open then.
  • Restocking: By the time the shop reopens, I aim to have a full barrage of your favourite merch ready to buy (who remembers what a SSAGO necker looks like?! :'( )
  • Long term: POS Efficiency. I'm working with Oli to make the shiny new electronic Shop system work more efficiently for us, including being able to use it as a more integrated till at Rally, which will make stock control much easier and mean that hopefully none of these problems we’ve had will happen again...

Last updated 01/07/2021, 22:31

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Archivist

Charlotte Simmons

What I've done
  • Exploring the archives: Following taking over the role from Larah I have been continuing to explore the archives to see what is in there and to try and learn more about the history of the organisation.
  • Archives online: I have started to work towards getting some of the archived materials onto a public facing website over the next few months.
  • Club closing policy: Had a meeting to discuss a new policy to help us protect club records when they close.
What I'm working on
  • Archives online: I will be working to try and get some of the materials in the SSAGO archives onto a public website so that more people can access it.
  • Photo archiving: I will be working to archive some of the photos that were uploaded into the SSAGO facebook group in the days before Google photos were used to compile photo albums at SSAGO events.
  • Amalgam: I will be working over the next year or so to put together an archiving drop-in activity session for Amalgam.

Last updated 28/06/2021, 18:31

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International

Cornelia Schmitt

What I've done
  • Invited Internationals to online SSAGO: an Irish and a German university scout joined
  • Relations with PfAU (Germany): took part in their group founder meeting, to get to know them and also to hopefully help found a group in Lübeck when I'm there
  • Involvement in the Badge Team: taught two people how to upload badges, took part of regular organisational work (voting, uploading), contact with the supplier of our custom badges (will hopefully be sent soon)
What I'm working on
  • International attendence at SSAGO events: I'll be in touch with Irish, Dutch, German and other international student scout groups and invite them to both virtual and in-person SSAGO events
  • SSAGO visiting international events: I will keep an eye and an ear out for events by international student scouting groups (like the Irish Rover Intervarsities) and hope to make it possible for SSAGO members to join
  • Answering questions by internationals: I'm more than happy to be contacted by exchange students, both incoming and outgoing, and get them in contact with local clubs if there is one known to SSAGO!
  • Promoting an international atmosphere within SSAGO: Discord has done an awesome job at getting SSAGOers and student scouts from different coutries talk to each other - my goal is that this international community is preserved even after lockdown is over!

Last updated 28/06/2021, 22:27

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Webmaster

Oliver Bills

What I've done
  • Managing Virtual SSAGO: Continuing to manage Virtual SSAGO and it's assets, including the Discord reorganisation to make it easier for newer members.
  • Easter Egg Hunt: We ran the Easter Egg Hunt, even larger than last year, which was well-received by many SSAGOers and a great time was had by all.
  • Event System: Adding cloning events and other features to help make it easier to create, copy, run and manage events.
  • Supporting Projects: Supporting various events and upcoming projects, including the Eurovision event and the production of the Badges API and Points API and other features.
  • EGM: Preparing for the SSAGO EGM and everything that goes with it
What I'm working on
  • The future of Virtual SSAGO: Working with the Virtual SSAGO team and the Exec to think about the future of Virtual SSAGO as things return to normal - what do we want to keep, what do we want to change, what do we want to drop?
  • SSAGO Website Development: Over the Summer continue to work on the new SSAGO Website and the future of SSAGO's technological systems
  • Virtual Summer Fun: To support those Summer events that are still virtual-based and make sure we end Virtual SSAGO as it has been at it's best.
  • Exec Ideas: To work with the Exec on some of their new ideas for the website and associated systems.

Last updated 20/06/2021, 22:41

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Events Officer

Anthoney Gathercole

What I've done
  • Over the last few months, I’ve been helping the Exec with handover in relation to everything to do with National Events. The Exec and Events Officer have met up with all the National and International events since the new Exec taking over and one of the major requests from these meetings was better access to resources. The National Secretary and I updated and rearranged the Events Resources Google Drive Folder and added more resources to the folder so that it is easier to navigate through the folder and find what is wanted easily.
  • A lot of meetings have taken place over the last 3 months. Event committees have been very busy despite the exam season which has meant lots of meeting minutes to read through. I have been working very closely with Viking Rally helping them get ready for the big return of SAGGO Rallies.
  • Everyone loves a mascot in SSAGO and I’ve been in this role now for over a year ( and still no in-person event) but I still do not own a physical mascot for the Events Officer. This will be a top priority along with the car and van magnetic SSAGO reflective signs. Further things that will be done are updating and restocking the first aid kit which a lot of things have unsurprisingly gone out of date since the last in-person event, and updating the How to run a Rally document.
What I'm working on
  • What I’ve done
  • -Rearranged the Events Resources Google Drive Folder, hopefully, future-proofing and making it easy to navigate desired resources.
  • -Reading a lot of meeting minutes from event committees.
  • -Attending meetings with some event committees
  • -Helped in editing the National Events Policy.
  • -Held a hustings session on how to run for national events.
  • What I will do
  • -The Events Officer still doesn’t have a mascot, So I will endeavor to get one before the next (first in a while, I’m so excited) in-person event.
  • -Bring the SSAGO magnetic signs to the next in-person event.
  • -Update the out-of-date first aid kit for future events.

Last updated 01/07/2021, 22:39