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The SNUG has been put together to help those who are starting up new units. It is to help support units as they begin their journey, and help make them a success. We are delighted that you are starting a new unit in Girlguiding South West England!

Since launching the SNUG September 2021 we have helped 30 new units with support for essential items to help get more girls into Guiding.

The New Unit Grant can cover:

  • First aid accessories/kits
  • Equipment to aid the unit’s administration process
  • Promise badges for Leaders and girls (the grant cannot be used to buy any other badges)
  • Age-appropriate set-up equipment, such as craft materials, stationery, paper, card, pens etc. Please provide a breakdown of items needed
  • Programme and support resources including badge books
  • Guiding wear for Leaders, Unit Helpers and Young Leaders. Maximum of £20 per person.
  • Training costs for Leaders to attend 1st Response, Safe Space, and relevant programme trainings


Each unit can apply for a maximum of £250.

To apply for the grant please download the application form below. Once you have completed the form and it has been signed by your local Commissioner, please return it with any other documentation to Lucy Asher, Girlguiding South West England, St Ann’s Manor, 6-8 St Ann Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2DN or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please retain a copy for you records.

If you would like any assistance completing the form please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The SNUG has already made a real difference in areas that were previously oversubscribed and lacked options for girls moving up through Guiding:


"The unit is doing really well and we are now at capacity of 15 girls with a waiting list! The girls love it and with it being a monthly unit, they can't wait until the next one. The parents particularly like the flexibility with it being on a Saturday which means it frees up time during the week for other things. We seem to get a lot done in 3 hours (we think more than in a weekly unit as we don't have the Rainbow chat time, tidy and song at the end after an hour)."

Gemma - 3rd Churchdown & Innsworth Rainbows Unit


"We opened 1st Alphington Guides in Exeter, Devon in January 2022. There were flourishing Rainbow and Brownie units there but hadn't been a Guide unit for many years, so most of the Brownies were leaving Guiding at 10 rather than travelling elsewhere in Exeter for Guides. At the first meeting we had 7 girls, all just moved up from Brownies. We've had a very busy 6 months between January and July enjoying the Guide programme, joining in with Division events, embedding some unit routines and traditions and going on short indoor and outdoor residentials. Although we were fortunate to have 2 experienced leaders, we had no funds or equipment initially so having the new unit grant made such a difference in being able to have resources and the basics for meetings. We now have 18 Guides in 3 patrols (including some who weren't Brownies), plus a 3rd leader and are looking forward to enjoying this year of Guiding."

Ruth - 1st Alphington Guides


You can seek additional support and advice about starting a new unit from your local Commissioner or our Region Membership, Growth and Retention Team (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and there is also helpful information and guidance on the Girlguiding website - click here.

Thank you very much for Growing Guiding in Girlguiding South West England.

Click here to download the application form. 



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