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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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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

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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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. 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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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.

Vote 100 BadgeWe have some Region pin badges to give away to units organising events or activities celebrating Vote 100. Please e-mail giving your name, postal address and the number of badges you require.

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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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She Rallies

She Rallies LogoShe Rallies is a campaign to increase the number of females in British tennis and is being championed by Judy Murray and supported by the Lawn Tennis Association. 

She Rallies aims to increase the number of female tennis players and coaches in the UK by inspiring and empowering a female workforce and creating opportunities ‘from the grassroots up’ for women and girls of all ages.  They offer four courses which provide the skills and ideas to deliver starter training and fun competition to girls and women. 

A She Rallies Ambassador joined us at our recent Try, Inspire, Qualify event at Foxlease where a group of Leaders were trained to become ‘Activators’ and will now be able to deliver training sessions themselves to the girls in their units.  You can receive the same training at a special She Rallies Christmas event which is being held on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.  The day is free of charge and no previous tennis experience is necessary.  Booking will be exclusively for members of Girlguiding until the end of October, when the event will be opened up to the general public (women only).

The morning starts at 9.30am and is for Rangers aged over 16, Young Leaders and Leaders from all Sections.  It will include a 15 minute explanation about the programme and a two hour Activator Training session with Judy Murray and She Rallies Ambassadors.  At the end of the session information will be given on how to sign up and become a She Rallies Activator and receive a bag of free training equipment worth £250.00.

Rainbows and Brownies are invited to attend the afternoon session, arriving during the lunch break (please bring your own lunch and drinks) between 12.15pm and 1.00pm.  Everyone will spend the afternoon on court with Judy Murray and the She Rallies Ambassadors and the day ends at 3.00pm.

Click here to book the morning session.  As this is a closed event, you will need to use a password which you will be provided with; send an e-mail to with your name, unit name, and membership number and we will reply with the password.

To book Rainbows and Brownies onto the afternoon event, e-mail with the following details:

Leader’s name
Number of girls attending

As the event is taking place on a school day, permission for your girls to attend will need to be sought from their respective headteachers.  Click here to download a letter which you should send to the schools concerned. 

Click here to go to the She Rallies 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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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

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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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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