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A Safe Space Training - Recognised Prior Learning

Leaders' trainingA Safe Space (ASS) is the revised safeguarding training for all volunteers in Girlguiding. Each Unit is required to have at least one Unit Leader who has completed up to Level 3 of the ASS training which focuses on the safeguarding element. Most Leaders will achieve this by completing the revised Module 3 e-Learning and attending a face-to-face Level 3 training. However, Girlguiding will recognise a previous qualification, professional experience, or external training received in child or adult protection as a replacement for the face-to-face Level 3 training.

Click here to go to the Girlguiding Website for more information on the recognised prior learning and the assessment forms. Please read all the information carefully. Your completed assessment forms, along with certificates for your existing qualifications and prior training, and the certificates to confirm you have completed Modules 1 - 3 of the revised ASS e-Learning, should all be sent to the Region Office for the attention of Julie Brown - e-mail julie@ggswe.org.uk.

If you are the main contact in your Unit and have not received information regarding the ASS training which is taking place across the Region in 2018, please e-mail julie@ggswe.org.uk.

If you are not attached to a Unit but are responsible for running residentials, you will need to book a place on one of the training dates. Please download the information below.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Information Sheet.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Dates.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Reply Slip.

Dates and venues for the ASS training are included in the list of Cross Boundary Training opportunities which are available to you - see below. If you have missed the training in your County, there are a number of others taking place across the Region which you can attend.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

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Cross Boundary Training

Adult Members chattingIn conjunction with your County/Island Commissioners, the Region has been exploring ways of offering our very busy Leaders more choice and flexibility when looking for training opportunities.

We appreciate how frustrating it can be to have to travel many miles within your own County to attend a training event, when something similar, or indeed, something different, might be on offer a short distance away in another County or Island. With this in mind it has been decided to introduce Cross Boundary Training and you will now have access to a full list of training opportunities which are available to you across the Region. The list will be regularly updated so remember to keep checking it.

If you are responsible for training within your County or Island, please make sure you submit the details to the Region Office using the form we have provided - click here to download. We hope that by opening up your trainings to Region Members outside your immediate County, your will find it easier to fill the places and avoid having to cancel trainings or run these at a loss; and of course, new faces may introduce some new ideas and help encourage cross boundary networking.

Remember that help with the costs associated with attending some trainings is available through the Leadership and Training Grant. Click here for more information.

Click here to download the list of trainings which are currently available across the Region.

 

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Try, Inspire, Qualify - Foxlease, Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd September 2018

Try, Inspire, Qualify LogoTry, Inspire, Qualify will be back at Foxlease for the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2018. Leaders may join us for the whole weekend with the option of either staying on site or travelling to Foxlease daily, or you can come along for one day, a half day, or for particular sessions, with activities starting from just £5.00! This year the Day Visitor option is also open to Senior Section, including Members aged under 18 if they are accompanied by a Leader. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so we would urge you to book early!

Our first Try, Inspire, Qualify weekend in October 2016 was a great success with over 60 Leaders attending a weekend of activities, training opportunities and assessments. Many went home with new qualifications including the Archery GB Instructor Award, CIEH Level 2 Food Safety, and boating awards. One of those who gained the Core Coach Fencing qualification was Rosie Gitsham from Devon. Her County received equipment worth £500 from British Fencing for Rosie to use to train others, and Rosie sent the following letter to her County:

"I have just returned from a fun-filled weekend at Try, Inspire, Qualify at Foxlease. I am writing to thank you Devon County for providing £60.00 towards this weekend. I passed the British Fencing Qualification and am now able to offer fencing sessions to Guide and Senior Section Units. Once the fencing equipment and coaching booklet has arrived I will be able to start offering sessions.

"During the weekend I challenged myself on the high ropes and climbing wall and tried whittling for the first time. I also listened to storytelling and went to a campfire. It was a lovely and relaxed weekend where some people tried new activities, others qualified and some did both. It was good to see Guiders I recognised from past events and meet Guiders from across the South West Region. This was one of my favourite 'training' weekends. I hope that Try, Inspire, Qualify becomes an annual event to allow more Guiders from Devon to try activities and gain a qualification."

If you have completed your Leadership Qualification in the past few years, you will have received an information pack from Girlguiding including a £25.00 voucher to be used at Girlguiding's Training and Activity Centres. We are now able to accept these as payment towards Try, Inspire, Qualify! Simply complete the voucher and return to us with your booking form.

Click here to download the flyer for this year's event.

Click here to download the Booking Form if you are an adult Member and would like to attend for the whole weekend.

Click here to download the Booking Form if you would like to join us as a Day Visitor, or for individual activities, or if you are a Senior Section Member under the age of 18.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

 

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Ballroom Blitz 2018

Ballroom Blitz badgeIn partnership with Girlguiding Scotland we are offering two fabulous sleepovers with a difference for our Brownies and Guides at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom to include entry into Sealife Blackpool, Madame Tussauds Blackpool, the 4D Cinema and Circus - and, of course, a dancing competition!

The first weekend is on 8th and 9th September 2018 and is for Brownies and their Leaders. The second weekend from 29th - 30th September 2018 is for Brownies aged 9+, Guides, and their respective Leaders.

For logistical reasons, groups must arrive at the venue in one of the Region's official coaches and we will be arranging pick up points for you in Exeter, Bristol, Southampton and Newbury. The previously advertised cost for this event of £75.00 per person has been increased to £95.00 and includes a £20.00 contribution towards the cost of coach hire.

Click here to download the booking form and return this to us as quickly as possible to be sure of securing tickets. We are expecting these events to be very popular, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please note that in order to maximise the number of girls who will be able to attend, we will only accept bookings where the ratio of adults is 1:6 for Brownies, and 1:8 for Guides. A Going Away With Licence is not required.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

 

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International Opportunities

INTOPS Badge The girls INTOPS will be held on 29th June - 1st July 2018 at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in Brockenhurst, Hampshire. Contact your County/Island International Adviser for more information. If you are not sure who your International Adviser is, please call the Region Office on 01722 329306.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for International Trips and Challenge Events for Individual Participants.

 

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International Community Experience 2018/19

ICE BadgeTwenty-four Guides have recently returned from Belgium where they took part in the second of our International Community Experience (ICE) trips. The idea behind ICE is to give girls aged between 11 and 13 the opportunity to learn about global issues, take part in community action, and gain international experience.

We are now taking bookings for the next two weekends which are being held from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018 at Dudsbury in Dorset, and Friday 28th - Sunday 30th September at Maud Heath in Wiltshire. These weekends cost £50.00 per person and there will be additional costs for those girls who go on to attend the briefing weekend on 22nd - 24th February 2019 and the international trip during the Easter holidays in 2019.

The closing date for bookings is 30th June 2018. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis and the introductory residential weekends do book up very quickly.

Click here to download the flyer.

Click here to download the booking form.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

 

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Commissioners' Conference 2018 - Save the Date!

Region logoOur next Commissioners' Conference is being held on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the Holiday Inn at Filton, Bristol. Invitations will be sent out in June with a reply deadline in mid-July so make sure you book your place early!

 

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Booking Terms and Conditions

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for International Trips and Challenge Events for Individual Participants.

 

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