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Laura Cottey

Girlguiding have announced the appointment of Laura Cottey as Girlguiding South West England's new Chief Commissioner.

Laura will be known to some of you already, having been involved in Guiding across four of our Counties.  She is currently an Assistant Leader with Shipton Bellinger Brownies in Wiltshire South and holds a Girlguiding role as Lead Volunteer for Growth, Retention and Collaboration - she spoke at the Region's Membership, Growth and Retention Conferences in 2019 and 2020.

Laura will commence her appointment on 1st June.  She says she is 'extremely honoured to take on the role', and you will be able to read her message to the Region's Volunteers in our April Newsletter.

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Girlguiding Inspire is the new name for the 18-30 Guiding community which promises to be flexible, challenging, inspiring, empowering, fun and inclusive:

'We will be the place to come for all 18-30 year old women in the UK.  We provide opportunities to help us develop into empowered, independent women.  We will support each other to build a supportive and fun community.  We will help ourselves to find our place within Girlguiding and the wider world.  We will lead this together.'

You can find out more on the Girlguiding Website - click here.

We have created a new badge to celebrate Girlguiding Inspire SWE.  There are no plans for Girlguiding to produce a badge and ours is available for anyone to buy.  It's available now from our online shop priced at just £1.00 plus postage and packing - click here to order yours today!

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The Region has frozen its subscription for 2021 and this will remain at £10.50 per member for the forthcoming year. 


In view of the postponement of the Region's 50th Birthday Party, we are extending the Chief's Charity Challenge 2020-21 which will now close on Thinking Day 2022.

The 10 charities chosen by our members to benefit from the Chief's Charity Challenge 2020-21 are:

  • Cancer Research UK
  • The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
  • British Heart Foundation
  • Childline 
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • WaterAid
  • RNLI
  • Alzheimer's Society

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The Girlguiding South West England Region is made up of 16 diverse Counties and Islands, each with Divisions and/or Districts and individual Units which are often quite unique from their neighbours.  All enjoy a variety of advantages and face different challenges, but the Region’s Leaders and Commissioners work hard to ensure that Guiding continues to be fun and accessible to as many girls as possible, of all ages, regardless of where they live.


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