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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 susie@ggswe.org.uk . 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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Region Office Christmas Closure

Christmas Card 2018The Region Office will close for the Christmas and New Year holidays at 4.00pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and re-open at 9.00am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all.

 

 

 

 

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Region Shop Christmas Closure

Region ShopThe Region Shop is now closed until 9.00am on Tuesday 2nd January 2019.  We will be carrying out our annual stocktake prior to the Christmas holidays and will be unable to process any orders while the shop is closed.

 

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Safeguarding

If you have any queries or questions relating to safeguarding, please e-mail safeguarding@ggswe.org.uk . 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

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 jenni@ggswe.org.uk.

 

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The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra (NSGSO) and Concert Band (NSGCB) 2019

NSGSO Logo 2019The NSGSO and NSGCB meet every year for a fantastic week of music and social activities led by 12 professional tutors and two conductors and hosted by eight staff members. Applications are now being accepted for both the Orchestra and Concert Band for 2019 from Girlguiding members aged 13 - 25 (as at 31st August 2019 - 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 5 or above or one concert band 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 course will be held in Stourbridge in the West Midlands from Sunday 28th July - Sunday 4th August 2019 and will be hosted by Birmingham Scout County in conjunction with Girlguiding Birmingham. During the week the Concert Band will perform in three concerts and will also have the opportunity to appear as guest artistes in the Orchestra's two concerts. The cost of the week is £510 which is payable in four instalments and includes accommodation and full board, rehearsals and workshops, uniform for new members, social activities, and transportation during the week. Members will be responsible for transport to Stourbridge at the beginning and end of the course, but transfers from Stourbridge Railway Station and Birmingham Airport can be arranged. NSGSO/NSGCB bursaries may be available.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 15th December 2018.

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

 

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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. 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 - julie@ggswe.org.uk.

 

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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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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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GOLD

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 gold@girlguiding.org.uk

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

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.

Please encourage parents/carers and potential volunteers to register via either the national Girlguiding Website or this Website where the Join Us button can be found at the top of each page. If computer access is a problem, or for any queries relating to Join Us, the helpline number is 0800 169 5901.

 

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Forms

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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