Blog #35

Have a well-earned rest over half term. Come back refreshed and raring to go to provide our girls with more amazing experiences!

Blog #34

We have over 400 bookings for A Right Royal Rainbow Day! It’s going to be amazing!!

DBS Rechecks are the hot topic… don’t forget to get in touch with your commissioner as soon as you receive the email calling you for a Recheck. She will provide you with a list of acceptable ID and a date when you can meet with her to do the online Disclosure. It’s important that you do this as soon as you can so that you don’t lose your Go! access and can continue to work in your unit or go away on Residentials.

Now that the nice weather and light nights are here, don’t forget to let your commissioner know if you are away from your unit meeting place; this is a Girlguiding requirement, and will ensure your insurance is still valid.

Another requirement is that at least one member of the unit leadership team has an up to date First Aid Qualification. Check Go! to see when yours runs out and then see the County Website for upcoming trainings (and details on how to book your place).

Blog #33

If you’re a Rainbow Leader, I hope you and your Rainbows are looking forward to taking part in the County Event on Saturday 21 May at the Drill Hall in Bury. The planning team for “A Right Royal Rainbow Day” have been working very hard and have come up with some amazing activities. Please note that the times for the day that were published in Guiding Gossip have been changed; this is to give enough time to fit everything in. The new times are 9.30am Registration for a 10am start and the day will finish at 4pm.

Thank you Leaders for paying your Subscription Invoices so promptly. We’ve just got 4 levels left to send in their money and then we can put this ‘little’ job to bed for another year.

Oldham East & Oldham West Divisions have their AGM this week so I am really looking forward to catching up with old friends and getting to know a few new faces too.

Blog #32

Well, the County Weekend was awesome! I had a lovely weekend with some amazing volunteers from Girlguiding Lancashire South East, and I must say I haven’t laughed so much is ages!!

This week has been another busy one for me in my role as County Commissioner, with meetings and discussions, planning and emailing.

Subscriptions is going well with over 75% of units now having paid their Invoice. If your unit is one of those yet to download their invoice, please do it soon so that your payment can be processed before the deadline. As always, if you need help please shout.

Enjoy your weekend.

Blog #31

Feeling very excited… County Weekend is finally here! I know Teresa and Ellen have been working really hard on the programme so I am confident it will be a training weekend to remember. I’ve had a sneaky peak at the list of attendees and there are some names I don’t recognise. I’m looking forward to making some new friends from Girlguiding Lancashire South East, as well as catching up with some old ones too.

As I am a bit short of time this week, I have asked my son to test out the activity I’m planning to do with Rainbows next Tuesday. We’re doing the Global Adventure Roundabout and making a volcano is our next challenge. I just hope to come back home on Sunday and find my kitchen still in one piece and not bearing the scars of an uncontrollable volcanic eruption!

Blog #30

I met the lovely leaders of Tottington on Monday when I took part in their District Meeting.  Another Meeting Night on Tuesday but this time it was the County Exec.  I came away from both these meetings feeling really enthused about Girlguiding in Lancashire South East.  We are so fortunate to have such wonderful volunteers who provide fabulous opportunities for our young members, both in weekly meetings and by providing County-run events.

Unfortunately, the week ended with some disappointment when I checked on the number of members in the County… this figure has dropped by over 200 since the trial invoices were made available in early January.  I strongly believe that there are girls and volunteers not recorded on Go! because I know guiding in Lancs South East is thriving.  I would urge everyone to check their data thoroughly. The total bill for running Girlguiding is shared equally across all members, so the more members we have the less each of us has to pay.  I equate it to the extra £30 each of us pay in car insurance to cover the uninsured drivers.

Next weekend is Thinking Day and I’m really excited about visiting Saddleworth District to join in their celebrations which will include a visit from one of the Region Chiefs who is taking a tour to ‘light up the North West’.

It’s half term now, so time to recharge my batteries and have some family time.  I hope you have a good week too.

Blog #30

My week started with a great meeting with an amazing group of Guides and Senior Section members who are travelling to Denmark to take part in the Region’s Adventures in Copenhagen event in celebration of the Senior Section Centenary.  Flights have been booked, accommodation has been chosen, excursions and activities have been explored.  Everyone is get very excited.

Not just a brilliant opportunity for the girls, but for leaders too; one of the trip leaders is using the event to gain her International Going Away Module.

Since the New Year, I have met with a few volunteers about the possibility of them taking on a new role.  We sometimes we’re so wrapped up in our weekly routine we forget to think about whether we are actually enjoying what we do.  Take a moment… do you still enjoy your weekly unit meetings?  What about considering a change of sections to give yourself a new perspective or challenge?  What about a district, division or county role?  Is there an area of the Girlguiding programme that you’d like to be more involved in?  Being a Girlguiding volunteer is your hobby so make sure you enjoy yourself, whatever you do!