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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 Lead Volunteer Vacancies

Region logoWe are looking for a new Chair of Compliance with effect from May 2020. In addition to Chairing meetings of the Complaince Committee, the postholder is also a Region Trustee, a member of the Trustee Board, and a member of the Operational Committee. The term of office is initially for three years, but is renewable for a further term.

Click here for more information and the Expression of Interest form.

We are also seeking a lead Volunteer for Communications and PR to provide advice and support on issues relating to the promotion of Guiding in local media, using promotional materials and developing external relationships.

Click here for more information and the Expression of Interest form.

Both roles can be held by any adult over 18 years of age who should aready be, or be willing to become, a member of Girlguiding. If you have any queries relating to either role, please e-mail . The closing date for both is Monday 9th December 2019.

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Chief's Charity Challenge 2021 - A Message from Carole Pennington

CaroleAre YOU up for the Chief's Charity Challenge 2021?

The Region is celebrating its 50th birthday in two years' time and we are planning a big event at Wincanton Racecourse on Saturday 22nd May 2021 for all Sections. As part of our big birthday celebrations and to mark the Region's commitment to social action, I am launching the Chief's Charity Challenge 2021 to raise money for 10 of your favourite charities. There are two parts to the Challenge and I would like to invite all Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Young Leaders and Adult Volunteers to get involved.

Firstly I need the help of all our members to identify which charities we will be supporting. We have set up a very easy survey which I would like Leaders to complete, having asked the girls in their unit to name their favourite charities - click here to download a list of the charities to choose from, click here to complete the survey. The closing date for this part of the Challenge is Saturday 30th November 2019. The chosen charities will be announced in the Region's Newsletter in January 2020 and I will provide you with some information about them. I will also confirm how the money you raise should be sent to us.

Then the second part of the Challenge will begin when you start your fundraising! You can do this in any way you like, the choice is yours. (You will find lots of fundraising ideas on the Girlguiding Website - click here.) The closing date for this part of the Challenge is Thinking Day 2021. I hope to present the money raised to representatives of the 10 charities during our big birthday event at Wincanton Racecourse in 2021 and each unit taking part will receive a certificate to mark its involvement and recording the amount it has raised.

If every member raised £1, that would give us over £70,000 to divide between the 20 chosen charities. How fantastic would that be!

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Region's 50th Birthday Event in 2021

FairgroundWe are arranging a big event at Wincanton Racecourse on Saturday 22nd May 2021 to celebrate the Region's 50th birthday and we want it to be a day which members of all ages will want to attend and will enjoy.

We have produced a short, easy survey which will give us an idea of the activities and entertainment our young members would like us to book - click here. We can't promise that we can provide everything you request, but the results of the survey will indicate what would be most popular. The closing date for the survey is Saturday 30th November. It is anonymous and shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes to complete.

Leaders: Please encourage your girls to take part in the survey. You can copy the link provided below and forward this to parents and carers with a request that they help the younger girls complete and return the survey, or perhaps you could arrange to do this with your girls at a unit meeting? Click here to download a paper copy of the survey questions which you could print and hand around.

E-mail if you have any queries about the event or the survey.

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Region Office Christmas Closure

St Ann's in the snowPlease note the Region Office will be closing for the Christmas holidays at 4.00pm on Friday 20th December 2019 and will be re-opening at 9.00am on Thursday 2nd January 2020. The last day for shop orders will be Friday 13th December.



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If you have any queries or questions relating to safeguarding, please e-mail . Click here to go to the Useful Downloads page where you will find the forms to help you report incidents.

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General Data Protection Regulations

ComputerWith the introduction of the new data protection regulations last year, the rules relating to the use of photographs and videos have been changed and Girlguiding are updating their guidance and starting forms to include an updated version of the photo permission. Please note that if you are submitting photographs to the Region for use on the website, we will need you to provide information on everyone who can be clearly identified. This includes adults as well as girls. The information we now need is:

The date and location where the photograph was taken.

The name of the unit/s in the photograph.

The full names and membership numbers of all those who appear in the photograph.

The person submitting the photograph must give their full name and membership number and confirm in writing that permission has been obtained for the photograph to be used from all those who feature. We also need the date that the photo permission form was signed and confirmation of any exclusions to any of the permissions - for example, the photograph may be used on the website, but not on social media.

To ensure you and your girls have all the information needed in order to enjoy all that Guiding has to offer, you need to be receiving the Region's monthly e-Newsletter. This will give you advance notice and full details of forthcoming events which will enable you to book early and be sure of being allocated places. If you have not already done so, please update your preferences in GO and tick the boxes marked 'Email' and 'Regional Information (get updates from guiding in your local area)'. You will then receive mailings from Region, your County/Island, and all levels below.

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

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A Safe Space

A Safe Space Completions for September 2019

Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do in Girlguiding and our volunteers share an important responsibility to protect and promote the safety and wellbeing of our members. The A Safe Space training helps our Leaders to create an environment where everyone can be safe whilst having fun and enjoying the great Guiding experiences which we offer.

By the end of 2020, all volunteers are required to have the correct level of A Safe Space training for their role and Girlguiding has set a target of at least 90% of volunteers having completed their training by the end of 2019. As you can see from the latest figures above, as a Region we are still a fair way from reaching Girlguiding's target, although the chart below shows that compared with national figures we are making good progress. We would of course like to keep this up and to improve the figures for Levels 1 and 2.

Commissioners: Please remind Units to make sure their occasional helpers in particular sign up for Level 1 and Level 2 training as required. We can provide you with a list of volunteers within respective Divisions/Districts/Counties or Islands who still need to complete their training, please e-mail . You can also help by carrying out a housekeeping exercise on all your volunteers with inactive roles who appear on GO and you can track the A Safe Space levels for your volunteers by logging onto GO and selecting Level Support/Commissioners>Reports>A Safe Space Report. Use the help file, 'Using Statistical Reports' to find out more.

A Safe Space Completions Compared with National Figures

Click here to check the A Safe Space training required for your role - this applies to all the roles you hold. Your local Commissioner will have details of the trainings which are available in your area. Please note that Leaders who completed the previous A Safe Space training equivalent to Levels 1-2 (before September 2017) will be required to renew their training before December 2020, and A Safe Space Levels 1-3 must be renewed every three years.


Click here to go to the Level 1 e-learning module (this takes approximately 20 minutes to complete).

This level can also be completed by attending a face-to-face training. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's trainings.*


The Level 2 e-learning has two parts:

Part 1 - the e-learning module - click here. This takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Part 2 - the follow-up conversation. After completing the e-learning module you should contact your local Commissioner or A Safe Space trainer (as locally appropriate) to arrange a time to talk. Click here to download the Level 2 Module two worksheet which you can complete and which will help you prepare for your conversation.

Please note a Commissioner should only conduct the follow-up conversation if they have up-to-date A Safe Space training for at least Levels 1-3, and are confident about conducting the conversation.

This training can also be completed by attending a face-to-face training. Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's trainings.*


Click here to go to the Level 3 e-learning module (this takes approximately 25 minutes to complete).

Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's Level 3 trainings.


Click here to go to our Events Booking Site for information on the Region's Level 4 trainings.


There is no recognised prior Safeguarding learning and experience available for Levels 1, 2 and 4, as the content covered in these levels explains specific Girlguiding approaches to Safeguarding.

For Level 3, complete the form - click here - and return this to Julie Brown at Region Office. You must be professionally qualified and actively employed in one of the child, young person or adult related professions and have attended external training as part of your job role. Your role must include decision-making responsibility around handling a Safeguarding allegation or disclosure. In addition, you must have up-to-date Levels 1 and 2 and have completed the Level 3 e-learning module.

Remember to complete the SurveyMonkey at the end of each e-learning session so that your GO record is updated and check that your record reflects the training you have undertaken. For Levels 2 and 3, both parts need to be recorded on GO before you will be accredited with the training.

If you need any help or support, please contact your local Commissioner, your County or Island GO Co-ordinator, or e-mail .

*The Region is offering a combined face-to-face training for Levels 1 and 2 - click here to go to the Events Booking Site where you will find more information.

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

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Trainings Available to You in Other Counties and Islands

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

Counties within RegionYou now have access to a full list of training opportunities which are available in other Counties and Islands across the Region. The list is 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 or Island, 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.

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International Opportunities

International logoThe next Adult INTOPS weekend is taking place at Foxlease from Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th April 2020. To apply for a place, please go to the Region's online Events Booking Site where you will find further information.

Your application will need to be accompanied by a completed Recommendation Form which you can download here. Please note the form must be returned to the Region Office by Tuesday 31st March 2020.

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




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Resources for Trainers

Girlguiding logoAll the information and forms you need as a Trainer can be found on the Girlguiding Website.

For information on how to become a trainer and how to add an additional module for qualified trainers, click here.

For guidance documents to support you as a tutor or reviewer and the forms you need when working with volunteers on the 'becoming a trainer' process, click here.

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Residential Events and International Trips

Nights Away BadgesGirlguiding have introduced a new Residential Event Notification (REN) form, a new Permission to Plan form (for international trips) and a revised Home Contact procedure for residential events. These forms are now mandatory.

Click here to download a briefing paper about the new forms and procedures.

Click here to download answers to some frequently asked questions about the new REN form.

Please remember that signed REN forms for international trips must be copied to Julie Brown at the Region Office -


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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.

Click here to download the Spring 2019 issue of Foxlease Matters which has details of events which are coming up at the Activity Centre throughout the year.

Click here to download the Spring 2019 issue of Foxlease Matters which lists events that are specifically for girls.

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Funding and Support for Local Guiding

The 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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Are 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.

Want to take part?

Click here to go to the Girlguiding Website where you will find more information and details on how to apply.

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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All the forms and documents you need for running your Unit 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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WINGS 2020

WINGS 2020 logoFrom 25th July to 1st August 2020, over 6,000 Guides and Scouts from across the world will gather at Windsor Great Park in Berkshire for WINGS 2020.

This is a fully catered camp for members aged 10+ offering a range of activities and entertainment. Costs vary according to age and a payment plan is available.

Click here to go to the WINGS 2020 Website where you will find loads of information and details on how to book.




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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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GO:2020 LogoGirlguiding Ulster are holding their large-scale event on Saturday 20th June 2020 at the Eikon Exhibiton Centre in Lisburn and are inviting all UK members, from Rainbows to Rangers, to join them for a day of activities, workshops, entertainment and interactive spaces. They are offering a range of accommodation from indoor and cabin accommodation to camping.

Tickets are £25.00 per girl, and £10.00 for Leaders to include goodie bag and t-shirt.

More information can be found here.

Click here to download the poster.


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The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSGSO) and
Concert Band (NSGCB) 2020

Nation Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert BandThe NSGSO and NSGCB meet every year for a fantastic week of music and social activities culminating in a series of concerts held at prestigious venues in the Birmingham area.

Next year's residential course will be held in Stourbridge in the West Midlands from Sunday 26th July 2020 - Sunday 2nd August 2020, and will be hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham. Applications are now being accepted from Girlguiding Members aged 12 - 25 (as at 31st August 2020 - although applicants aged 26 - 30 will be considered in the event that a section is under-subscribed). Applicants must be proficient in at least one orchestral instrument at Grade 4 or above. For those attending for the first time, the course can be used for the DofE Award or Queen's Guide Award.

The cost of the week is £510.00 and includes accommodation and full board, tuition and music, social activities, and transportation during the course. The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 14th December 2019.

Click here to go to the NSGSO's Website for more information and to apply for a place.

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Circus Skills Workshops

Brownies circus skillsShooting Stars Circus Skills are offering workshops throughout the Region for Rainbows, Brownies or Guides. They are happy to visit the islands, although they would need to charge more for these workshops to cover additional costs such as ferries.

Click here to download more information and list of dates for the Autumn Term.

Click here to go to the Shooting Stars Circus Skills Website.

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Drum Workshops

Rythmicity LogoRhythmicity offer drum workshops for all ages. Their main aim is that everyone should have fun! Instruments are swapped around so there is lots of variety and participants learn to work together. Workshops can be arranged at your meeting place or even at camp and prices are negotiable.

Click here to go to the Rythmicity Website.



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