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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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Trustee Board Vacancies

Region Compass LogoTake on a role which offers variety and challenge, and help shape the future of Girlguiding in South West England!

We have two vacancies on our Trustee Board with effect from April 2020. One of the vacancies is for a member under 30 years of age, the other is for a member of any age. The Trustee Application Pack will provide you with information on the responsibilities of the Trustees, the function of the Trustee Board, information on the skills required of the successful candidates, together with information on the meeting dates for 2020 - click here to download.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Freeth at the Region Office - . If you wish to be considered for this opportunity, please complete the application form and return this to Jenni Freeth by post or e-mail before 31st October 2019.

Click here to download a copy of the application form in Word.


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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 Figures August 2019Safeguarding 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 (August 2019), we are still a long way from reaching Girlguiding's target and would ask Commissioners to remind Units to make sure their occasional helpers in particular sign up for Levels 1 and 2 as required. Commissioners can also help by carrying out a housekeeping exercise on all their members with inactive roles who appear on GO.

The information provided below will help you identify which levels of A Safe Space training you need and how you can achieve this. By acting now to ensure you have the correct level of training you will not only be helping Girlguiding to reach their target, but you will know you are creating a safe space for the great Guiding enjoyed by the girls and young women in your care.

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.

Melanie Parkes works in the Region Office as our Executive Officer, but is also a Residential Occasional Helper. She has just completed her Level 2 A Safe Space training and told us it honestly only takes 20 to 30 minutes and is 'so easy'. So what are you waiting for?!

Note for Commissioners: You can track the A Safe Space levels for your members 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.


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.*

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


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


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


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

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


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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Cross Boundary Training

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.

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


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Tackling Plastic Pollution

Girlguiding logoFrom 30th September to 6th October this year, Girlguiding will be tackling plastic pollution for Future Girl Acts. Over 2,975 units across the UK have signed up to take part, including 479 from our Region. Across the Countries and Regions we have the second highest number of units involved - and of course we would like to be top of the list!

Click here to register and to download the Unit Meeting Activity.

Click here to go to our News page and read how a Guide from Dorset is doing her bit to tackle pollution.


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UK Parliament Week - Registration Opens!

Hands with UK Parliament Week logoClick here to register for this year's UK Parliament Week! It is happening from 2nd to 8th November and there will be a whole heap of new activities for you to enjoy.

Click here to read the story about 4th Withycome Raleigh Girl Guides who took part in last year's event.


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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 TAC 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?

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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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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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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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 download further information.

Click here to go to the Rythmicity Website.



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