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This is your Website and we need you to help us keep it interesting, informative and relevant to all Sections. Share a new idea you may have had for a Unit activity, or if you come across some information which you think others would benefit from, tell us about it! If it's the thought of writing the piece which is putting you off, let us write it for you. Give Susie a call on 01722 343187 or e-mail . We look forward to hearing from you

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Region Downloads

Click here to go to the Useful Downloads page where you will find advice on such things as supporting Members with disabilities, activities for Rainbows and Brownies, information on grants, awards, the region logo, and the adult training qualification, as well as press release templates and walking scheme route cards.

All our downloadable resources will now be available on one page. Click here to go to the Resource Downloads page and see what's on offer! This is where you will also find the Night's Away Record Sheet.

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Region Office Bank Holiday Closure

St Ann's ManorThe Region Office will be closed for the Spring Bank Holiday from 4.00pm on Friday 25th May until 9.00am on Tuesday 29th May.











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Join Action for Change And Be The Change You Want To See

Action for Change headerAction for Change is Girlguiding’s project to create the UK’s largest girl-led advocacy network.  On the weekend of 26th – 28th October 2018, girls from across Girlguiding South West England will come together at PGL Liddington in Wiltshire to learn all about campaigning, public speaking, project management and more – before joining their local network to design their own or a group social action projectThe girls will be supported by a team of Network Coordinators who will also attend the weekend which will be free of charge for all those taking part.

We are currently recruiting for:

Participants aged 14 – 25 to join the Region’s network; and
Network Coordinators aged over 18 to help inspire and support our participants.

If you are passionate about social change, this is your chance to get involved in something amazing!


Your involvement in Action for Change will start with the fun residential weekend in October which will be packed with loads of interactive sessions and talks from motivational speakers – in other countries and regions these have included Youth Mayor, Anna Rigby; campaigner, Yas Necati; and Laura Bates.   You will have the chance to develop your ideas and start planning how you can make a difference.  You will also meet your Network Coordinator who will support you throughout the project via monthly telephone calls and messages.

You will join an active network in your local area so you can stay in touch with the friends you make, share ideas, and work together on projects.  Your Network Coordinator will help you develop your plan and solve any problems you may come up against.  Girlguiding will send you a monthly newsletter full of exciting news and things to do, and you will have access to an exclusive online folder with loads of resources and information to help you. 

You will learn all about project planning, persuasive communication – written and spoken, powerful storytelling, using social media for change, and how to include your experiences in your CV.  Plus, Action for Change will contribute towards Element 4 of your Queen’s Guide Award – Service in Guiding. 

To join the network you need to be aged 14 – 25 and from Girlguiding South West England, be prepared to commit to the project for its duration, and be ready to make change happen!  No previous experience is required.

Click here to download the answers to some frequently asked questions.

Click here to download the Role Description for the Participants.

Click here to go direct to SurveyMonkey and submit your application.

The closing date for Participant applications is Monday 2nd July 2018.

Network Coordinators

As a Network Coordinator you will help young members in your local area to take on the issues that matter to them - by providing coaching and support to make sure they are connected to their peers and fully equipped to make positive change.

You will play a key part in the residential weekend – getting to know young members and facilitating workshops and discussions.  You will meet and work with a small group of up to five young members who you will then coach and support for the duration of the project via the Girlguiding South West England advocacy network. 

Your role will include working with young members – on their own or together – to advise them on how to develop their individual or group ideas; coaching individual young members and guiding them towards possible solutions to any problems or challenges they face; providing remote pastoral support for each young member through e-mail, telephone, social media or face to face meetings; encouraging the girls to proactively use and contribute to the network; working with a Youth Advocacy Network Officer to provide updates on what individual young members are working towards and to identify any training needs for the girls. 

To ensure you feel fully supported, you will be provided with a day-long induction to the role before the weekend in October, plus ongoing training opportunities, a network of fellow local volunteers to support you, and expenses and references if you need them.

To apply to be a Network Coordinator you need to be over 18 years of age and a member of Senior Section or a volunteer within Girlguiding South West England.  Although you don’t need any specific qualifications, we are looking for experience of mentoring or supporting young people; facilitating or leading groups; using digital platforms, especially social media.  You need to be able to commit to the project for its duration and to make monthly calls to each member in your group and hold a monthly call with the Lead Volunteer who will support you in your role. 

Click here to download the Role Description for the Network Coordinators.

Click here to go direct to SurveyMonkey and submit your application.

The closing date for Network Coordinator applications is Monday 18th June 2018.

Learn more about Action for Change on the Girlguiding Website – click here.

To ensure a diverse and inclusive programme, Girlguiding actively encourages applications from members who are disabled, LGBT and from black or minority ethnic groups. 

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Region Lead Volunteer Vacancies

Region logoWe are also looking for volunteers to join a new Region Membership Growth & Retention Team. If you have a particular interest in this area and have experience of initiatives or projects in your County or Island which we could develop for the Region as a whole, we would like to hear from you.

Click here to download the Role Descripton for the Region Membership Growth & Retention Team.

Click here to download the Expression of Interest for the Region Membership Growth & Retention Team.

The closing date has been extended. Completed Expressions of Interest must be submitted by Friday 15th June 2018.


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General Data Protection Regulations

ComputerNew regulations relating to data protection come into effect from 25th May 2018 and will affect every volunteer in Girlguiding. A Keeping information safe leaflet was sent out by Girlguiding to all members with their membership cards, and the leaflet outlines the changes to the data protection legislation. Please do particularly look at the Golden Rules for keeping information safe and the checklist which has been developed to help volunteers understand the legislation and what has to be done in order to stay within the law.

Click here to go to the Girlguiding Website where you will find lots more information. If you have any questions, please contact

You will have received a Newsletter from Girlguiding asking you to select your preferences for future communications. Please respond to this as soon as possible and make sure you tick the boxes marked 'Email' and 'Regional Information (get updates from guiding in your local area)' in order to continue receiving the Region Newsletters.

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How the Buchanon Opportunities Fund Grant 'Helped My Dream to Become True'

SwitzerlandWe received a lovely thank you card from Grace of Lymington Rangers following her trip to Our Chalet earlier this year. Grace had successfully applied for a Buchanon Opportunities Fund Grant and wrote, 'I would like to thank you for the money you gave me because you helped my dream to become true. It was the best experience of my life'. In her card and subsequent e-mail Grace enthused about the trip, the many activities the girls were able to participate in, the 'amazing scenery' - 'Waking up to the beautiful mountains every morning was incredible', and the fabulous places they visited. She said:

'This was my first time abroad and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of my experience in Switzerland. It has made me keen to travel more and see some more of the world. I made some wonderful new friends and hopefully will have the opportunity to meet up with some of them soon.

'The best time ever!'

Click here to go to our Useful Downloads Page and find out about the grants which are available from Girlguiding and let us help your dreams come true.

Thank you to Grace for allowing us to use her story and photographs.


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The Region's Safeguarding Team

Safeguarding TeamThe Region's Safeguarding Team are now in post and we would like to give you a little more information about their backgrounds and their new role.

Susan Higgs (pictured left, from Gloucestershire), Shirley Eve (pictured centre, from Wiltshire South) and Deborah Meadows (pictured right, from the Isle of Wight) have volunteered with all Sections and have first-hand experience of the varied and diverse issues which can arise within the different age groups. Their Safeguarding knowledge outside of Girlguiding relates to vulnerable adults and young children and the complex challenges of working in these areas within the community and for the Health Service, for other voluntary organisations and within the primary, secondary and further education sectors.

In addition to providing you with support and guidance in all Safeguarding matters and dealing with the administrative and audit processes, the Team will act on behalf of the national Girlguiding Safeguarding Team and work with County/Island teams on child protection and vulnerable adult investigations. They will also support A Safe Space trainings at all levels. Shirley will act as the main Lead Volunteer and will represent the Team on the Region's Compliance Committee.

If you need to contact the Safeguarding Team, please send an e-mail to . For urgent issues only which may occur during a week day, please 'phone Jenni Freeth on 01722 343186 and a member of the Team will then make contact with you.

The Team are already working on raising the profile of Safeguarding across the Region and are formulating a template for use across all Counties and Islands to standardize the reporting and processes for Leaders and their Commissioners.

Click here to read our Spotlight Interview with Susan, Shirley and Deborah.


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Residential Event Notification (REN) Form and Going Away With Qualification

Click here for information about REN forms and the Going Away With Qualification. Please remember that signed REN forms for international trips must be copied to Julie Brown at the Region Office -


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UK Parliament

Houses of ParliamentKeep watching this space for all the latest news from UK Parliament, including an update on UK Parliament Week 2018.

Tea parties will be taking place all over the country between 18th June and 2nd July 2018 to mark the anniversary of the 1928 Representation of the People Act in which all people were given the right to vote on an equal basis. This is your opportunity to share, debate, and celebrate our right to vote over a cup of tea and slice of cake!

Click here for more information and to register.

Your Story Our History
This year sees the third instalment of films which explore the Equality Acts passed by Parliament and the impact these have had on various individuals. The latest films have been launched on YouTube and the UK Parliament social media platforms and focus on Acts that have changed the lives of women for the better. Watch and share the films with #YourStoryOurHistory.

Vote 100
Throughout 2018 UK Parliament will be holding a major exhibition as well as education programmes, events, workshops, talks and tours to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which granted the first votes to some women, and to all men over the age of 21. Follow the latest news with #Vote100.

Your Chief Commissioner would like Girlguiding South West England to mark this very important anniversary and is challenging you to find out more about the great women in history and modern times and to produce a painting, drawing, photograph, collage, etc, which illustrates the achievements of these women. This challenge is open to every Rainbow, Brownie, Guide, Senior Section, Leader, and Trefoil Guild member throughout the Region and can be undertaken by individuals or by a unit or group working together.

You might choose to celebrate a number of inspirational women, or to pick just one - a politician, Head of State, explorer, scientist, designer, author, sportswoman, a businesswoman, or perhaps a woman who has made a positive change to the lives of others and/or has spoken out and made her voice heard. Think about women who have lived or worked in your local area as well as influential or inspirational women from overseas. Many of the great women you will come across will have achieved extraordinary things by following their hearts and dreams. They dared to be different and refused to listen when they were told they couldn't do something!

We will be looking at ways to display the art work we receive and would like to reproduce some of the designs on notelets which we could sell via the online shop. We might even use one for our Region Christmas card which would continue the Vote 100 celebrations throughout the year.

We need to receive your art work or photographs by 30th June 2018. These should be sent by e-mail to or by post to Girlguiding South West England, St Ann's Manor, 6 - 8 St Ann Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 2DN. Please mark your e-mail or envelope with 'Vote 100' and include your name and age plus your unit or group name. We regret we are unable to return the art work and that we may need to edit or enhance any designs that are to be reproduced on greetings cards.

Everyone who enters the competition will receive a Girlguiding South West England Vote 100 pin badge.

UK Parliament Week 12th - 18th November 2018

The 2017 UK Parliament Week was a huge success for Girlguiding South West England. We were one of six Girlguiding Regions to be involved and had the highest number of registered Units - approximately 500. Click here to go to the News page and find out how some of our Brownies and Guides marked the week.

Registration has now opened for this year's UK Parliament Week which will mark the 100th anniversary of the vote being given to some women and all men over the age of 21. There will be new challenges and a new badge, but please note you won't receive the Resource pack until much later in the year.

Click here for more information and to register. Follow the hashtag #UKPW18 for news and updates.


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Trailblazers - World War One's Inspirational Women

Trailblazers imageThis is a nationwide project which is inviting community groups to raise awareness about influential women from the past and present day and ties in very nicely with the Chief Commissioner's challenge which celebrates Vote 100 and is detailed above. Units may apply for funding of up to £200 to participate in two of four projects which form part of Remember Together 2018, a First World War commemoration programme. You could apply for help to buy materials which could also be used to complete the Region's Vote 100 challenge. Click here for more information.

E-mail to request free resources and a funding application form. You can use the same e-mail address if you have any questions, or telephone Lottie on 020 3011 5275.

Click here to visit the Trailblazers - World War One's Inspirational Women Website.

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Foxlease is Blooming!

Foxlease LogoFoxlease sits in 65 acres of land in the centre of the New Forest, yet has good transport links via road, rail and air. Full-board accommodation is available in Princess Mary House, and there is also self-catering accommodation and fantastic camp-sites, including a tented village. Activities on offer include archery, abseiling, climbing, canoeing, kayaking, low ropes, high ropes, crate challenge, and many more.

Click here to go to the Foxlease website.


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Forthcoming Events at Pax Lodge

INTOPS Pax Lodge BadgePax Lodge is the WAGGGS World Centre in London and has a number of events coming up through the year ranging from World Thinking Day celebrations to a community service project offering girls the opportunity to discover London.

Click here for a list of the events which are taking place at Pax Lodge during 2018.

Click here for more information about the Pax Lodge Programme & Events.

Click here for information on Journey Through London 2018.

Book your visit and then buy your Region badge - click here to go to our online shop!


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Funding and Support for Local Guiding

Leaders and Local DignitariesThe Region's evening Roadshows provide us with an opportunity to explain to local businesses and organisations the opportunities that modern Girlguiding offers girls and young women. At one Roadshow, both the local Lions Club and the local Council came forward and asked how they could help support local Units. This resulted in the Lions Club offering to pay for transport and accommodation to enable girls to attend a Region event.

It is well worth approaching organisations, local authorities, and even businesses in your area to see whether grants or other support, financial or otherwise, might be available to you - particularly if you are organising a special event, or have a Member who has been selected to travel overseas with Girlguiding and who needs help with fundraising. You could invite representatives from community groups to local events so they can see first-hand what is happening in Guiding today. Or you could offer to attend a meeting, perhaps with a couple of girls from your Unit, so they can talk about what they gain from Guiding. Contact details are usually easy to find, and if you ask your girls' parents they might know of a local "connection". If you have any queries or problems, e-mail the Region Office who are always happy to help and advise.

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GOLDAre you between 17* and 30? Ever wanted to do some voluntary work? Wondered what it would be like to work on a community project in a developing country? Want to broaden your horizons and help others do the same?

If so, GOLD could be for you. GOLD provides Members with opportunities for personal development through participation in community development projects overseas using the medium of Guiding. Development projects vary and could include anything from teaching English as a foreign language, to setting up and running a business skills training programme. Participants return to their own communities in the UK with the experience and skills they have gained whilst abroad.

If you are lucky enough to be able to take part, you will travel in a team of four to six others at the invitation of a Guiding Association in another country. You’ll work alongside local Guides on projects ranging from Guiding development to self-esteem, and life skills to health awareness. Projects are typically two to four weeks in duration and currently take place in July to December. You are expected to fund-raise for all project costs including travel and living expenses, and any equipment you may need to use on the project. You will need to be very committed to undertake all the preparatory work for your project which will include a minimum of three briefing weekends and a debrief weekend upon your return to the UK.

Rwanda 2017 GOLD badgeChloe Healy is a Unit Helper at a Guide Unit in Portsmouth where she is studying at University. In August 2017 she travelled to Rwanda as part of a GOLD project running interactive workshops with Guides and Leaders across the country. The team also camped for five days and trained more than 500 girls on camp and fire safety, pioneering, knots and making camp gadgets.

Chloe wrote a lovely piece before her trip which includes an explanation of what GOLD is all about. She would be happy to talk about the project so do contact her if you think your girls would like to hear more about GOLD.

Click here to download Chloe's GOLD story.

Want to take part?

If you are interested in taking part in GOLD, you must attend a Girlguiding UK INTOPS weekend.

If you have any specific questions regarding GOLD, please email

Click here to download the Baden Powell International Fund Grant Criteria and Application Form for Girlguiding GOLD projects.

*All GOLD participants must be aged between 18-30 years. Participants who are 17 years old at the time of INTOPS must be turning 18 by the time of the first briefing. Participants must be aged 30 or younger at the time of their GOLD project if successfully selected.


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Important News Regarding Recruitment Checks for Young People

Young people aged 16 - 18 no longer require recruitment checks even when attending residential events. However, current legislation means it is essential that they are supervised at all times irrespective of whether it is a local meeting or a residential event. Recruitment checks must be carried out if a young person turns 18 prior to attending a residential event.


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New Members

If you receive any queries about joining, please encourage parents to go to the national Girlguiding Website and follow the links to Get Involved - . If computer access is a problem, or if anyone has any queries regarding the registration process, these should be directed to Clair Beaver on 01722 343182.

Cards are available for all Leaders and Unit Helpers to use when recruiting new Members - either girl or adult. These are the size of a business card, feature your County/Island logo and the website address and telephone number for enquiries. There is also a space for you to enter the name of your Unit for easy reference. Contact your County/Island Commissioner for a supply of the cards.


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Are Your Details Up To Date?

We regularly receive e-mails from Members asking to receive our monthly Region Newsletter. Sadly, they should already be doing so and have been missing out because their details on GO are incorrect.

The mailing list for the Newsletter is downloaded each month from GO to ensure we are using current information - but this only works if you keep your records up to date. Your County/Island Membership Support Co-ordinator can help you if you have any problems amending your information on the system.


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All the forms you need can be found on the Girlguiding Website - click here - where you will also find guidance on the completion of Health Care Plans which apply to unit meetings as well as overseas trips.


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Narrowboat Opportunities

Narrow BoatDo you like the idea of narrowboating with your Brownies, Guides, Senior Section or fellow Guiders but are not sure whether it is for you? We have been sent details of training weekends on the Kennet and Avon canal at Aldermaston near Newbury. You will be aboard the Falcon Adam which is a 70' narrowboat with full kitchen, two bathrooms, a seating/dining area and room to sleep upto 12 people. You can see the boat in action, work the locks and drive the boat.

Click here for information about narrowboat training weekends.

For more information telephone Julie Myers on 01189 618450, e-mail her at or click here to go to the Thames & Kennet Narrow Boat Trust Website.


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Berwick Centre - Girlguiding Wiltshire South's HQ

Berwick Guide CentreIndoor or outdoor accommodation on two campsites with toilets and shower block. An excellent venue for Unit, District or Division events, including holidays, camps, trainings and meetings.

Click here for more information.





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Maud Heath Centre - Home of Girlguiding Wiltshire North

Maud HeathLooking for a venue in Wiltshire in which to hold a sleepover or training event or to use as a base to visit local attractions or for walking expeditions? Maud Heath Centre offers modernised indoor accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen, showers and internet access. Outdoors there is a large playing field and campfire area. Maud Heath Centre can accommodate up to 150 day visitors and 30 for overnight stays.

Click here for more information.





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