Girlguiding have confirmed that no face-to-face Guiding meetings can happen throughout the second lockdown - indoors or outdoors. As well as Unit meetings, this also includes adult volunteer meetings and training sessions. Girlguiding will be reviewing guidance at the end of the four-weeks on 2nd December and volunteers will be updated as soon as more information is to hand.
Remember you can still meet virtually with your Unit - click here to see Girlguiding's guidance on Online Guiding and Virtual Unit Meetings.
Click here to go to the Girlguiding Website for the latest guidance on COVID-19.
In response to the UK Government's latest measures to try and restrict the spread of COVID-19, Region staff are once again working from home. The main office number is now diverting through to a member of staff who will answer your call on a mobile phone and forward messages to colleagues via e-mail, but it would be appreciated if you could whenever possible make contact via e-mail which remains the quickest and easiest way to reach us - e-mail addresses for all Region staff can be found here. We will do our very best to provide you with our usual high level of service and support, and we appreciate your continued patience during these difficult times.
A reminder that our online training opportunities are still available - click here to find out more, and all the Region's resources and badges are available from our online shop - click here (please bear with us as despatch and delivery might be slightly delayed).
We hope it won't be too long before we are all back at St Ann's; keep watching the Region Website and Newsletters for the latest updates.
The Region Shop will be closing for the Christmas holidays at 5.00pm on Tuesday 15th December so make sure you get your badges and resources ordered early!
Region Staff will be finishing work at 5.00pm on Wednesday 23rd December and will be returning to their computers at 9.00am on Monday 4th January when the shop will also reopen.
Our jolly snowman is the first in a series of annual Christmas badges from the Region and is perfect for popping into an envelope with a card to say thank you to your Leaders, or as a small gift to bring a smile to the faces of your girls.
Priced at just £1.00 these badges proved very popular very quickly so make sure you place your order today! Click here to go to the online shop.
We have created the A Safe Space Certificate of Compliance for Units in which all the volunteers have completed the appropriate level of A Safe Space training for the role(s) they hold.
Go to the story in 'Useful Information' below to find out more about the certificate, the training you require for your role, and how to complete the training to prevent your membership being withdrawn by Girlguiding.
Volunteers who do not have the appropriate level of A Safe Space training for all the roles they hold by 31st December 2020, will have their membership withdrawn by Girlguiding. The process for these membership withdrawals has already begun and can only be halted if the necessary training is completed. If your membership is withdrawn, existing regulations relating to the termination of membership mean you will be unable to apply to come back into Guiding for three years. Withdrawal of your membership could also have implications when you apply for a job if you are asked if you have ever been refused membership of an organisation.Read more ...
In view of the continued uncertainty surrounding international travel, the 2021 Region INTOPS events for both adults and girls will not be going ahead. We are sorry for the disappointment this will cause, and will be looking at other options within the Region such as virtual events and new international resources and badges.
We will of course keep you fully informed and hope very much to return with an exciting programme of international opportunities for the Region's Members in 2022.