Saturday, December 31, 2016 6:39:00 PM
Here it is! The first blog entry. Let’s hope it’s the first of many as we showcase the exciting events around the county, our “everyday” unit meeting activities and the adventures of Girlguiding Leicestershire. It’s the beginning of Girlguiding Leicestershire’s centenary celebrations. 100 years of fantastic fun for girls of all ages. Maybe you’ve signed up for a surprise parcel to exchange this month or perhaps you’ve booked onto the Winter Wonderland with your Rainbows or Stargazing with your Brownies. Some people have begun to collect bras and pants to add to our collection for our chosen charity “Smalls for All”. As usual, there’s plenty to choose from. The Centenary Challenge will be launched shortly with places to visit around the county and a wide variety of activities. Just to keep everyone busy, I’ve decided that I’ll challenge you with a County Commissioner’s challenge too. How many different ways can we make 100? Make the number 100 using tent pegs or Brownie t-shirts. Take a photo and share it by emailing it to the office on office@leicestershireguides.org, messaging the facebook page “Girlguiding Leicestershire” or instagramming it with the hashtag #girlguidingleicestershire. I made a start with these helium balloons but I’m sure you’ll all be far more imaginative. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy 2017. Happy Centenary. Love Rachelxx Admin ...
Monday, January 2, 2017 12:54:00 PM
Would you like to be part of our giant, county-wide present swap as part of our centenary celebrations? Book in to take part and you will be matched up with another group. You will be sent their details at the beginning of January. Then, during January, you can post a surprise parcel to each other. The parcel you send shouldn’t cost more than £5 and could include a message, balloons, sweets, badges or anything else you would like to include. Let's see what people can think of. This is open to any unit / six / patrol / leaders / Trefoil Guild / other Guiding Groups. Units can receive more than one parcel e.g. if a unit has 4 patrols they could each send and receive a parcel. When you receive the parcel take it to your unit to open and see what surprises you have received. It would be great for everyone to see the surprises you’ve received. Please send in your photos via Facebook messenger to the Girlguiding Leicestershire page or email them to County Office. January is such a dull, grey month so let’s cheer it up by sharing surprise parcels. Closing Date for registering your details - 31st December 2016 Click here for registration form
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 9:00:00 AM
We would love everyone in Girlguiding Leicestershire to blog so here is a short how to guide about the things you need to know. Remember your blog could be about anything and everything! We want to shout about everyday guiding activities from meetings to all the exciting things your unit is up, to what the county teams are doing behind the scenes or what happened at an event near you. This could be in the form of a written post, a poem, a video (or a vlog) or a collection of photos. To submit to our blog complete the form here. Once you have received confirmation of your request head to our submission page here and voila your post will appear as if by magic. We’ve also created some handy tips and tricks so your blog post is as amazing as you are! If you just want to post photos or a video, that’s fine, please remember to gain photo permission for all members within the photos. If you have any doubt do not share the image. If your photo/video includes those over 14 years of age get their consent to share. Handy Photo Tips: Natural images that represent positive behaviour and relationships are the best. Don’t show girls on their own, looking isolated or always looking at the camera for a posed photo. Action photos are better than posed photos. Do show girls engaged in activities working in groups or laughing with each other Photos and videos can be submitted in all formats (from JPEGs or PNGs or YouTube video link or a MPEG/MOV etc.). Within your post, do not use full names of members or other information which could identify individuals. Do not leave writing your post until the last minute – be realistic about how long it could take you to write your post and collate your photos after an event. Remember to write your post using the font Trebuchet MS If you have any queries about blogging let us know and we’ll happily help you out! We look forward to reading about all your exciting and fantastic adventures you are up to during the Centenary. Beck Jeffs ...
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:56:00 PM
Some of you will have seen the charity survey which was distributed a few months ago. It was all about what charity we would as Girlguiding Leicestershire like to support during our Centenary. So you’re all probably thinking, what is this Smalls for All charity people keep talking about? Smalls for All is a charity based in Scotland which collects, in association with Freedom from Fistula Foundation and Kenya Children’s Home UK, bras and pants for girls and young women in Africa. So what would we like you to do? We would like to collect as many gently worn or new bras and new underwear. These will then be collected and transported, through a long road trip up to Scotland and then off to Africa. Once they have travelled hundreds of miles to Africa they will be gratefully received by the girls and young women. Why do these girls and young women need underwear? We take having underwear for granted. You wouldn’t dream of going out without wearing any underwear so why should women and children in Africa go to school without underwear? We have an amazing opportunity in 2017 to allow these women and children to gain some dignity, self worth and access education. Did you know, young girls can miss the opportunity for education because they do not have any underwear? Think of the difference you could make by donating today! Let’s see how many bras and pants we can collect as a county. If we all donate one bra, we could provide over 8000 girls and young women in Africa with a piece of underwear. If you would like more information about Smalls for All and what they do, head over to their website Beck Jeffs ...
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:43:00 PM
We are looking for an administrator to join the team at the County Office. This varied role requires the applicant to be flexible and able to fit in to our busy office environment supporting our volunteers. Duties will include: · Reception duties, providing a polite, professional and enthusiastic face of Girlguiding in Leicestershire. · Answering queries both on the telephone and face to face. · Administration support to volunteers and the County Team. · Using Microsoft Office applications and the Girlguiding Membership Systems, maintaining and updating our website. · Undertaking a wide range of other administrative tasks that ensure the smooth running of the office. This role is part-time and permanent for 22 hours over 5 days of the working week which may also include occasional flexed hours in the evening or weekend. /Data/Sites/1/media/jobapplication/application-form-county-administrator-v2.docx /Data/Sites/1/media/jobapplication/application-pack-for-county-administrator-2.docx /Data/Sites/1/media/jobapplication/guidance-notes.pdf
Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Join hundreds of other Brownies from across Leicestershire for an afternoon and evening of fun stargazing activities including a planetarium show, telescopes, rockets, games, crafts and plenty more! In groups, the girls will move around our solar system of activity areas, completing challenges along the way. Every group will also get the chance to watch a show in the planetarium during the day. The evening will also include stargazing outside with telescopes instructed by real astronomers (so fingers-crossed that it’s a clear night!) Booking form and payments must be made within 3 weeks of making a provisional booking. Monday 30th January 2017 is the final deadline for all bookings.
Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00:00 AM
Are you interested in travelling abroad with Girlguiding. Do you want to find out what International Opportunities there may be for you in 2018? Please apply for a place as this is an action packed weekend, where you will have the opportunity to potentially be put forward for your dream International Guiding trip in 2018! We are looking for Guides and Senior Section members who will be aged 14 -18 years by July 2018, You must be 13yrs when applying to attend the weekend If you are excited about being involved in the weekend, please contact Tracey Ball County International Advisor, (Traceysim64@hotmail.co.uk) for more information. or download the application form /Data/Sites/1/media/forms/international-applications-form-2017.pdf
Friday, May 12, 2017 12:00:00 AM
The ever popular Water camp returns for 2017 - Numbers are strictly limited so get your bookings in early Activities will include Kayaking, Canoeing, Improvised Raft Building, Bellboating, Stand up Paddle boarding, High ropes course, Climbing, Abseiling, Archery, Bushcraft & Survival Bracelets and outdoor crafts. Please be aware that the activities will take place on a natural river which can flood in very high water conditions and every effort will be made to ensure that water activities can continue. However, if water levels are too high then they may be replaced by adventurous activities on land. The High Ropes Course/Climbing/Abseiling are higher cost activities and are therefore offered as an optional extra at £10 per girl and booking for this needs to be indicated on the booking form to enable us to know how many places to book. This activity would replace Bushcraft or Survival Bracelets or craft and places are limited. Full details and booking form can be downloaded here water camp booking form

Welcome to Girlguiding Leicestershire

 

Welcome to the website of Girlguiding Leicestershire, home to over 7000 girls, 1300 Leaders and even more volunteers, who all enjoy being a part of the UK’s largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women.

Rainbows is our section for girls aged five to seven.

Rainbows is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, learning new things and having fun. Girls get their hands dirty with arts and crafts, trying out cooking and playing games. Rainbows is all about learning by doing.

Rainbows follow a programme called the Rainbow Jigsaw, through which they can take part in lots of different activities with girls their own age.

Brownies is our section for girls aged seven to ten.

Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges, covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills.

Guides is our section for girls aged 10 to 14.

By becoming part of a worldwide community of girls who learn together and share skills and experiences, Guides have the chance to get out there and do something really different.

Members take part in a wide range of exciting activities at their regular meetings, and at special events or holidays. Girls can get involved in anything from adventure sports to performing arts, travel and taking part in community action projects.

The Senior Section is for young women aged 14 to 25.

Members of The Senior Section can choose from a wide range of unique and exciting opportunities, including travel in the UK and around the world, volunteering with younger girls within Girlguiding as a Mentor or Leader, and working towards valuable qualifications.

The Senior Section offers an exciting and flexible programme with a huge variety of challenges and opportunities for personal development

Adult Leaders and helpers is for people aged from 18

Girlguiding UK welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, age groups and abilities. You could choose to volunteer with any of the sections, or you may have a more specialist skill or interest that you would like to share.  Helping girls achieve their potential is hugely rewarding. But there are lots of benefits for you too including boosting your CV, training and not to mention building lifelong friendships. However much time you have to give, we’d love to hear from you. 
 

The Trefoil Guild is for people aged from 18

Whether you’re involved in guiding or not, Trefoil Guild is a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people to share your next adventure - whatever that might be!

The Trefoil Guild is a branch of Girlguiding and its members agree to support the guiding ethos - including the pledge to help other people. Many members pass on their skills and knowledge to local guiding units, from helping Brownies work towards a badge to preparing older girls for a camping adventure. Many members are unit Leaders or helpers in Girlguiding units.
 

 

Get Involved!

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. Thanks to the dedication and support of 100,000 amazing volunteers, we are active in every part of the UK, giving girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships, gain valuable life skills and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities. We build girls’ confidence and raise their aspirations. We give them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good.

Finding your nearest unit and registering your interest could not be any easier- simply visit Girlguiding’s Join Us page.

County Training Day

We are now taking bookings for county day which is on 12th March 2017.

For further details check out our county day page  here