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Tell Us About It!

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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General Data Protection Regulations

ComputerThe new data protection regulations 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.

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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Catering Team Required

preparing foodWe are looking for a volunteer to take charge of the catering at a new walking challenge event which we are planning for the weekend of 5th - 7th July in Minehead, Somerset.

Between 60 - 120 participants will require meals starting with breakfast on the Saturday morning and ending with lunch on Sunday. You will be responsible for recruiting a small team of helpers, producing a menu which caters for everyone, including those with special dietary requirements, buying the food and supplying the cooker and other equipment. If you would like to take on this challenge with a friend rather than on your own, that would be great and if we find the right team, you may well be called upon to help out at other Region events in the future!

You will need to supply your own tent for sleeping, but you will be paid travelling expenses.

Register your interest by sending an e-mail to by 15th October 2018.


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Region Awards Sub-committee Seeks New Members

Compass Award BadgeWe are looking for two new members to join the Region Awards Sub-committee as two of the existing members have reached the end of their appointments.

If you understand the importance and value of our Awards, are willing to encourage and support nominations, and are interested in promoting Awards within your County/Island and across the Region, we would like to hear from you.

This is a three year term of office and the role includes:

  • Attending meetings of the Sub-committee which are held twice a year in January and May;
  • Reading all the nominations prior to the meetings and assessing these against the criteria for each Award;
  • A willingness to take part in discussions at the meetings regarding the worthiness of the nominations; and
  • Assisting with the writing of citations following the meetings.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Freeth at the Region Office - .

Click here to download the Expression of Interest form which should be returned by Monday 15th October 2018.

Click here to find out more about the Region's Awards.


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Region Trustee Board Members Sought

Vacancy signDo you want to shape the future of Girlguiding South West England? We have two vacancies on our Trustee Board with effect from April 2019. One of the vacancies is for a member under 30 years of age, the other is for a member of any age. Could one of the new Trustees be you? The role of Trustee offers variety and challenge. Interested? Then read on....

The Trustee Application Pack will provide you with information on the responsibilities of Trustees, the function of the Trustee Board, information on the skills required of the successful candidates, together with information about the meeting dates for 2019 - click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Jenni Freeth at the Region Office - . If you wish to be considered for this opportuity, please complete the application form and return this to Jenni Freeth at the Region Office by post or by e-mail to arrive by Monday 29th October 2018.

Click here to download the application form as a Word document.


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The New Programme

Girlguiding logoLeaders have a 12 month transition period in which to explore the new programme at their own pace. It can be started immediately or at any point over the next year, or aspects of the new programme can be mixed with the current one - bearing in mind that this will be phased out completely at the start of the 2019/20 academic year.

Please remember that in order to aid transition, it is important that Units across all Sections introduce the new programme at the same time as others within their Districts/Divisions.

Click here to find out about the New Programme Training which we are organising for 2019.


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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. The new forms will become mandatory from 1st September 2018, but Leaders should start using them as soon as possible.

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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UK Parliament

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

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.

UK Parliament Week Challenge PackUK 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.

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 (pictured left) 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. 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. 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.

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

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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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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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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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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