It’s fantastic to see so many sections and individuals taking on the Youth Commissioners’ Challenge for the first time ever!  I’m looking forward to seeing more and more people getting involved with this unique challenge in support of two fantastic organisations - both of which play a key role in ensuring that Scouting in Central Yorkshire is accessible to everyone. 

Don’t forget to let Cathryn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) know when you decide to take part in the challenge, and when you complete it. That way we can put you in touch with the organisation you choose to support, as well as ensuring you receive your well-earned badges! 

If you’re interested in providing some items on the organisations’ wish lists please do head to as these have recently been updated! Don’t forget you’ve only got until Summer 2018 to complete the challenge - more information available at

James Nehaul
County Youth Commissioner
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Here our a few of our complete Challenges so far:



Our first spotlight on our Youth Comissioners Challenge is our very own County Team/Exec!

Last Saturday they attended Wetherby's Community Quiz (coincidently ran by Wetherby Active Support Unit)
who support a different charity each quiz.

We entered a team on behalf of Candlelighters.

Through the Quiz, Raffle and Heads and Tails bingo, they raised £405.
On top of this Wetherby ASU kindly donated their fee bringing the total to £540!

Well Done Guys!





Our Second Spotlight on Success is 4th Gildersome Cubs!
They all worked to collect an amazing 22 bin liners of leaves between them! 
In doing so they raised a great £83.58 in sponsorship for the Leeds Hospital Scouts & Guides Group.
Although their badges are on the way they now plan to explore new ideas to fundraise next term to raise even more!

Amazing work guys and well done for getting stuck in so early!




Our penultimate article of celebrating early adopters of the Youth Comissioners Challenge features Red and White Beavers at 8th South Leeds, Carlton!

27 Young People took part in a sponsored 'park crawl' around Lofthouse, Carlton, Robin Hood and Rothwell totally an amazing 8.7 miles and even treating each park
to a rendition of every where we go.

In doing so they have raised up to a staggering £1030 for Candlelighters and the Hospital Unit.  Just like yesterdays group they are determined not to stop here!
With everything from badge selling, 2p collecting and group wide events.

Everyone involved should feel incredibly proud!



Our final Youth Commissioners' Challenge spotlight is on the very first recipient of the badge!

Alexander from 8th South Leeds (Carlton) lept at the chance to support Candlelighters thorugh Scouting, a charity that supported his brother who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

He knew immediatly he wanted to get sweets for Candlelighters Christmas Party because he knew how much sweets made him, his brother and pretty much everyone happy!

Alex approached Haribos in Pontefract, Foxes Biscuits, ASDA, Morrisons and Costa Coffee to ask for their support and donations. He also used donations he had recieved to get even more sweets!

Alex's Beaver Leader, Joanne, said "Alexanders passion for fundraising has definitley had an impact on both colonies and other beavers want to give as much as possible to support these causes". You may recognise Alex's colony as the group we featured yesterday.

I had the pleasure of going to meet Alexander last week and presenting him with the very first Youth Comissioners Challenge badge. As an extra special thank you we also gave him a Central Yorkshire Necker.

We hope you've been inspired to get involved with the YCC after seeing the astounding examples this week. To put it in perspective, we only showed 4 examples yet the combined total raised is £973.58 and plenty of sweets!!

Just think of the difference you and our young people can make...


We have been approached by the British Red Cross Youth Education Team who are able to offer us some FREE educational workshops across the whole of West Yorkshire.

In Leeds I cover Stigma and Refugee awareness and in Wakefield I cover First Aid (specifically around drugs and alcohol awareness).  These workshops are interactive and participant led sessions which target young people between the ages of 10- 19. They are extremely participatory and use conversation and real life stories to educate young people on these extremely important topics.  The descriptions of both the workshops are below:  

Refugee Awareness and Stigmatising Behaviour Workshop
The programme runs over 1-4 sessions depending on your availability. A key outcome is to reduce discrimination towards asylum seekers and refugees, and to improve community cohesion. Our workshops aims to create empathy by asking young people to look at why people have to flee their home countries, and some of the difficulties they face upon entering a new country.

Depending on the time/number of sessions, the young people explore several topics such as;
♦ Who migrants are and why people migrate?
♦ Journeys of Refugees
♦ Portrayal of migrants in the media
♦ Stigma surrounding migrants/migration

First Aid (Drugs and Alcohol)
Our First Aid sessions focus on humanitarianism, the skill and the will and teaching different first aid techniques which are easy to remember, but will help save somebody’s life. The skills we teach have been chosen because they are statistically relevant to this age group and area. Some of these skills can be related to emergency situations involving drugs and alcohol as this has been proven to be a high risk issue around young people. However, these skills are taught as transferable skills, and can relate to a variety of emergency situations. The sessions can run from anything of 40 minutes up to 2 hours, depending on what suits you best.

If any Scout Troop or Explorer Unit feels that these programmes would be of interest, please contact:

Abigail Roach
Youth Education Coordinator for West Yorkshire
British Red Cross
Humanity House
Unit 2 Armley Court, Armley Road
LS12 2LB
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Telephone: 0113 2015 251