Gloucestershire Singing Circle, together with friends from other Circles in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, joined together for a concert in Highbury Congregational Church, Cheltenham on Saturday 26th September with proceeds in aid of the MS Society. This was in memory of Diana Adams who had been a Guide Guider at Highbury Church, a Rainbow Guider at Emmanuel Church, secretary of the County Trefoil Guild, producer of the County Newsletter and also a long time member of Highbury Church where she was a Deacon and where she also produced their monthly Church Magazine. As well as all of this she sang in the church choir and was a member of our singing circle. A very busy lady.
We are pleased to tell you that we raised the sum of £1860 to present to the MS Society. A fantastic result. Thank you to everyone from the County who came and supported us.
If anyone is interested in joining the Gloucestershire Singing circle, our next meetings are Friday 13th November and Tuesday 15th December (this last one follows the Peacelight Service) and they are all at St Mary's Congregational Church, Gloucester starting at 7.30pm.
It was a cold Friday evening in mid-September but that didn't stop 10 Guides, 1 Brownie and the County's outdoor team from coming together to camp for the weekend at our County's Deer Park, near Cheltenham. The girls, many of whom did not know another sole at the camp, soon made friends and worked hard to earn either their Camper or their Camper Advanced badges. They had fun playing getting-to-know-you games and a wide game as well as taking part in the Low Ropes and Archery activities available on site.
It is safe to say that a fantastic weekend was had by all the girls and Leaders alike and everyone went away learning something new. Even two of our experienced Leaders learnt that you can scour a grotty pan with the aid of some grass!!
What are you doing this weekend? Is it as fun as holding a Senior Section only camp at Deer Park, Cowley? Maybe not...but if you're aged 14-25 you can work for your Senior Section Camp Permit that enables you to take your group away without adults! How exciting! Hannah and friends spent last weekend sleeping in the bird hide (it sleeps 7!) trying out archery, low ropes, making tie dye neckers and having a great campfire. Adult leaders are involved in the planning and training process and check in on the girls periodically during the camp. What a wonderful way to gain independence in a safe environment. Well done, Hannah!
On the 12th of September 2015 our County Commissioners accompanied six of our amazing Leaders to the Region's Compass Award celebrations. These Leaders were nominated by their peers for the award because of the great Guiding they are delivering to girls and the support they offer to other Leaders in many, many ways.
Claire has been a Leader since 2001. During that time she has been a Rainbow Leader, a District Secretary and District Commissioner for Stroud Town District. Currently Claire is a Brownie Leader, Division Section Adviser, ID Verifier and District Administrator. Claire is also a Mentor for new Leaders.
Claire runs a popular Brownie Unit which enjoys a wide range of fun and meaningful activities. In 2014 Claire organised the Division Big Brownie Birthday trip; this was a hugely enjoyable event for all the Brownies and Leaders in the Division. Claire is also supporting a Rainbow Unit that was at risk of closing.
Claire is an excellent role model for Guiding. Her mentoring skills that she uses with Leaders going through both the Leadership Qualification and the Going Away Licence are so supportive and encouraging. She is a huge asset to both the District and Division. Claire is certainly deserving of this award to recognise her commitment and dedication to Guiding.
Kate has been a Leader for 18 years. Kate was a Brownie Leader and is currently a District Commissioner and Rainbow Leader in Gloucestershire County. Kate is also responsible at Division level for the allocation of new Leaders and is a Mentor.
Kate has always provided solid and helpful advice when faced with unit level challenges. Kate knows exactly what is needed in each unit to ensure that there is good Guiding practice in place. She regularly supports the Leaders to achieve what is necessary to ensure quality Guiding is provided for all the girls. Kate willingly takes on new initiatives and somehow manages to get all the Leaders on board, even the most reticent.
Kate inspires Leaders in the District to move forward with Guiding, She always finds the time to help and support others. Kate has the girl’s best interests at heart and brings the District together by putting on District events and encouraging newer Leaders to help organise these events. She was strongly recommended for this award.
Susan has been a Leader in Gloucestershire for over 35 years. During that time she has always worked with the Brownie Section but currently holds the additional roles of Division Outdoor Activities Adviser and County Adviser. Susan has also been a District Commissioner.
Susan works with Brownies in one of the more deprived areas of the County and works extremely hard to ensure the girls have a varied and enriching Brownie Programme. Susan sees each girl as an individual and provides them all with experiences and opportunities for personal growth. Susan works tirelessly in Inclusion and ensures that all girls and adults are included in all activities from holidays to roller skating. In her role as an Inclusion Adviser Susan works hard on educating all Leaders to ensure all girls are included.
Susan is a very committed Leader, she has dedicated years to ensuring the girls that she has in her Brownie Unit gain an excellent Guiding experience. Alongside this Susan works hard to support both local and County Guiding in any way she can and is definitely deserving of this award.
Margaret (Ann) Bailey
Ann has been a Leader for nearly 40 years. During that time she has been a Senior Section Leader, Brownie Leader, District Administrator and Division ID Verifier. Currently Ann is also a District Commissioner for Pitville District in Cheltenham Division.
Ann runs a very successful Brownie unit where her programme is varied and excellent in quality. Ann supports all her Brownies in a very caring way and was involved in planning events for the Brownie Birthday in the Division, which were extremely successful.
Ann’s unique contribution to Guiding is however demonstrated in her role of organising the placement of students into local units. Ann liaises with all the Division units to find out who needs help. She attends the Fresher’s Fayre to advertise Guiding and speak to students that may be interested in helping with Guiding whilst at University and co-ordinates the placement into units.
Ann is very keen to support the Growing Guiding initiative and her work with the students is one way of showing this. Ann’s tireless commitment to Guiding across the whole Division and producing Leaders for the future has resulted in many units getting the additional help they need to enable them to flourish.
Louise has been a Leader in Nailsworth Valley District for 20 years. During that time Louise has been a District Commissioner and worked with all sections of Guiding. Louise is currently a Leader of Rainbows, Guides and Senior Section as well as being a District Assistant.
Louise works tirelessly for Guiding. She was running a successful and full Guide unit when the need arose for a Rainbow unit; Louise stepped in and opened a Rainbow unit and a few years later a Senior Section Unit as well.
Louise’s units are always near capacity and the girls enjoy weekly meetings, trips out, residential experiences, fundraising activities as well as supporting District events.
Louise is an active member of the Church as well as working full time, coping with a family, and helping elderly neighbours.
Louise is inspiring with the tireless energy and time that she gives to Guiding and others in her life. She is unflappable whether it comes to coping with a wood fire in the woods to doing teas at the local church. Louise offers huge support for others and has kept in contact with a local Leader who has been in hospital long term, with regular visits to take her out for a change of scenery. Louise is passionate about the ethos of Guiding which runs through everything she does and she is thoroughly deserving of this award.
Lorraine has been a Leader for 20 years in Girlguiding Gloucestershire and has always run a Brownie Unit. Lorraine has also run a Rainbow unit for the past 9 years and is a Division Mentor.
Lorraine runs both Brownies and Rainbows every week with a full programme of activities for the girls. Lorraine organises regular trips, residential experiences and visits. The girls come from an area where fundraising is often needed, so this is also part of Lorraine’s many talents ensuring that girls do not miss out on the opportunities offered. Her caring manner and individual attention to each girl ensures they have the opportunities they need for personal growth. During a period of health problems she continued to support the other Leaders in the unit and even attended a residential with bandaged feet!
Lorraine is a selfless and caring person and puts the needs of others before her own. Lorraine mentors and supports new Leaders encouraging them to take on roles that they are comfortable with. Lorraine has an unwavering commitment to Girlguiding and richly deserves this award.
For more information on who may be eligible and how to nominate someone for a Compass Award, visit the South West Region website.
A little piece of history for 1st Hempsted Guide Company has been included in an online blog. The WW1 Home Front blog site is run by the local school and has included an article about Guiding in that era.
Cheltenham Girlguiding FESTIVAL-GOERS give it some welly!
A group of Guides from Cheltenham have returned from four days of high-adrenaline activities, expert football training and entertainment from top pop quartet Only the Young. They attended Wellies and Wristbands, a fantastic girl-only festival exclusively for Girlguiding members over the bank holiday weekend (28-31 August).
14 members of 17th Cheltenham (Bethesda) Guides travelled to Foxlease in Hampshire to join more than 2,000 Girlguiding festivalgoers for the action-packed extravaganza.
This year’s festival included a unique opportunity for girls to develop their football
skills with some of England’s top female players – at special FA coaching sessions held over the weekend.
Thrill-seekers had their pick of the adventurous activities on offer at Foxlease.
In the evening they were entertained by former X Factor band Only the Young on the main stage, as well as a host of local bands.
Among the activities the Cheltenham group, chose to try out were such as football goalkeeper skills, whizzing through the trees on a zip wire, being a monkey climbing trees, making a leap of faith on a trapeze and lazing in the hot tub.
Erin, 11 said: “I enjoyed getting stuck in the mud, being with my friends in the hot tubs and having a go at the zip wire.”
Annie, 13 said: “I have really liked the activities and watching the concerts, especially meeting the performers and getting things signed.”
Millie, 11 said: “I really enjoyed pretending to be a monkey by climbing a tree and making karate poses on the top of a pole but the biggest thing was falling over in the mud when I got stuck, there was mud everywhere."
Following the success of Dursley District's 'Time For Tea' challenge the same team have put together 'The Far Away Challenge' which is based on a set of books by Enid Blyton. It is set to send you on magical adventures above the clouds and the possibilities of lands you could visit are endless. It is perfect for a residential or for your regular unit meetings. You can download the challenge pack and badge order form from their website.
Thanks to everyone in the county who supported us with Time For Tea and we look forward to seeing your photos of 'The Far Away Challenge'.
To download the resource and for details of how to order badges please visit the District's website
This weekend older Guides had a CSI themed Baden Powell Award Adventure at Deer Park with Guides from Glos, Wilts, Berks, Oxon & Cardiff. They solved a Murder Mystery, took part in a low ropes challenge and helped out with some wood collecting and splitting - to name just a few of their challenges! Well done, Guides! You're well on your way to earning the highest award a Guide can reach! Keep going!
On Saturday 22nd August a group of 12 members of Girlguiding Gloucestershire departed for a fantastic week in Switzerland.
After a flight from London to Zurich we traversed Switzerland by train, arriving in the pretty town of Interlaken. We spent 3 nights in the Youth Hostel, with beautiful views of the mountains, river and trains, and explored the local area.
The following morning we ventured up the mountain – taking 3 different trains to reach the top of the Jungfraujoch – the highest railway station in Europe, at 3571 metres. We managed to see the view for a few minutes, before the clouds came down, and then the icy hail/snow fell, stinging our faces, with a temperature of -1degrees. Forced inside we explored the sculptures in the Ice cave, and the tunnels through the mountain before returning back down to Interlaken.
That evening we met up with the Interlaken Scout group and had dinner with them in their Scout Hut. They were so welcoming, providing us with a fantastic Raclette dinner followed by games outside, laughter and swopping of gifts. The older adults amongst us were stunned to find that the Swiss Scout Association starts training the scouts as leaders from the age of 12, with leaders only being allowed to volunteer until they turn 25.
The following day was shared between a trip to the Grand Cafe Schuh and a visit to the Trummelbachfalle. The Head Chef/Chocolatier in the Grand Cafe Schuh showed us how the chocolates were made by hand, before we sampled them and spent our money on gifts to take home. We then took a train and a bus to visit the Trummelbach waterfalls. The falls collect the glacial water from the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau, where it flows in cave systems inside the mountain, at 20,000 litres per second – a deafening and amazing spectacle.
We finished Monday by taking the cable car up the opposite mountain towards Murren – a first experience for some of the group – but not one everyone enjoyed!
On Tuesday we left Interlaken and took more trains and buses across to Adelboden, to spend the following 4 nights at our World Centre ‘Our Chalet’. On the way we called in to see Mr Trummer the woodcarver, and purchased our trefoil badges and ate lemon cake in the sunshine. We found the outside toilet with the best view across the valley, taking turns to stand on tiptoe in the toilet and take photos through the heart shaped window!
During the next few days we experienced the beautiful surroundings, exhausting hills and Guiding friendship that make Our Chalet the special place it is. We stayed in the Spycher House, with all the girls in the attic, with beds in rows like the 8 Dwarfs! We shared meals and activities with the International staff, groups from America, Canada, and Wales, and had a fantastic time. Our onsite day included a welcome flag ceremony, where we all received our pewter ‘Our Chalet’ pins, campfire cooking, orienteering, recycling awareness and getting to know our surroundings. The International night saw us dressed up in our winter and wet weather gear, reciting a poem about the rainy British weather – much appreciated by the American group!
We visited the Rehari adventure park, where we traversed the river 12 times each, attached to a zip wire, and watched some of the girls jump off a bridge over the river, attached to the pendulum swing – which Mirren decided to do in the most unusual upside down position (heart in mouth time for the leaders!). This was followed by climbing up the rock face, before huffing and puffing back up the very long and steep hill to Our Chalet.
Fritz came up from the village with his Alpine horn to help us celebrate ‘Swiss night’. He played it beautifully and we all joined in singing songs including Amazing Grace and the Bernese Oberland anthem of ‘Vogellisi’ before competing in a quiz about ‘all things Swiss’, and winning the prize of Chocolate Fondue.
Our last day at Our Chalet found us taking the Funicular railway to the top of the Niesen Mountain, at 2336m. We climbed right to the top and ate ice cream whilst admiring the view. We then took the steamer boat across Lake Thun, to visit the beautiful fairytale castle at Oberhofen. The sun was hot, the sky was blue, and more ice cream followed!
That evening we hiked in the twilight to visit the Bonder waterfalls. We were joined by the Canadian Ranger group, and listening to the girls chatting, swapping stories and experiences whilst walking in the dark was fantastic. This was followed by a badge swopping session – and lots more chatting.
Saturday saw us waving goodbye to Our Chalet and walking down the hill to the bus stop, where one bus and 2 trains took us back to the airport to fly home. Just before boarding the bus we were delighted to see the farmers bringing the cows down off the mountains, walking the herd along the main roads, with their cow bells clanging loudly. The girls chatted together like they had known each other for a lifetime, and we were all sad to say goodbye when we reached home.
We would like to thank everyone who helped us with the fundraising / donations for this trip. We had an amazing time and experienced Guiding at its best – and it couldn’t have been better.
Here are some lovely photos from our Senior Section campout at Deer Park, our county HQ and activity centre. The group had a brilliant time trying out our fantastic new tented village, complete with beautiful bunting made by County Commissioner Helen!
Brownie Elizabeth Green has achieved the amazing task of completing all 57 Brownie badges. Ten year old Elizabeth from Highleadon completed her final badge, the Camper Advanced, to complete her set. The badge was awarded by County Commissioner Carole at Deer Park.
Elizabeth says "I did my first badge at Brownies in December 2012 and soon after I decided that I'd like to complete them all because not many Brownies do."My mum helped me with some of the badges by setting things up and taking me to lots of different places."
"I've kept busy most school holidays with one badge or another."
"I've learnt so much by completing all the badges."
"Each one taught me something different and new."
"My favourite badge was Disability Awareness because it was an interesting experience going around town in a wheelchair."
"The hardest was Advanced Swimmer because I've had ear problems and couldn't get water in them, which meant I didn't swim well. I had to persevere with it."
Huge congratulations to Gloucester Gang Show, whose members won a competition to sing on the official England Rugby single with Ella Eyre! They were invited down to Abbey Road Studios last Friday to record their part. The mixed guiding/scouting group included Rainbow leader Sam and Brownie leader Claire - we're very proud of them!
The 'Dream Team' had an amazing time in California this summer. California Dreamin' 2 camp was very well organised and not very dis-similar to camps we have been on before - just a whole lot hotter and not at all wet! There were 400+ Girl Scouts and Guides on camp, ranging from 10 years to 18 years from right across the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. We were organised into sub camps, ours Yosemite. We shared our sub camp with girls from Australia, Lancashire and a local troop from literally down the road!
We enjoyed off site activities, including whale watching, Alcatraz and learning to surf. We had whole camp excursions to San Francisco for a scavenger hunt and beach time at Santa Cruz. These were a much appreciated respite from the heat.
We also had on site activities which including crafts, belly dancing and Zumba - fun in 45 degree heat! A cultural exchange afternoon, where we shared M&S Percy pigs and rolled babybel cheeses down a cardboard Coopers Hill - much to the bemusement of our fellow campers!
Our few days in San Francisco and Los Angeles were great, with highlights including Universal Studios, Cheesecake Factory, limo tour of LA and time on the beach at Santa Monica.
Once we had departed Heathrow (experiences for another day) our trip was uneventfully and came in on budget. The girls and County will be refunded most of the contingency money.
The girls were a great bunch and got along really well together. They are a credit to Girlguiding Gloucestershire.
My jamboree journey started back in August 2013, when I saw an advert on the GOLD Facebook page. I made a note of when the applications opened, filled in my form and waited without really expecting to hear anything. Having never been involved in large scale Scouting events or a World Scout Jamboree before, I didn’t think I stood much chance of being selected.
Thankfully for me, I received an invitation to the South West Region selection weekend in February 2014. The selection involved working in a group to plan a potential jamboree activity, helping to build a campfire circle and a formal interview. Again, when I attended the selection weekend I went ready for a fun few hours but not expecting to be offered a place at the jamboree.
Imagine my excitement (my colleagues did not have to imagine this, as they heard me screaming in the corridors at work) when the email came through inviting me to join the IST team for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree! I had very little idea of what I was letting myself in for, but I knew that it was something that was not to be missed.
I spent the following 16 months fundraising, which included applying for grants, selling badges and visiting Units across Gloucestershire to run Japanese-themed sessions. I found it quite a challenge fundraising for the Jamboree and this was, in part, due to the fact that I didn’t know what kind of role I would have when I arrived there. When I visited the Units and spoke to the members, I joked about not wanting to spend two weeks cleaning toilets. Little did I know that for some IST members, this was a reality!
The first stop in Japan was ISTokyo, a two-day event where 885 members of the UK IST team explored Tokyo. Included in the itinerary was a meal at a traditional Japanese restaurant which had entertainment such as a sumo wrestling demonstration (who knew sumo wrestlers were so flexible!), a visit to the earthquake centre and a trip up the 634m tall Tokyo Sky Tree.
Once our ISTokyo was completed, we then had the mammoth task of boarding a bullet train. Normally, getting Scout and Guide Leaders to board a train is nothing unusual. However, getting Scout and Guide Leaders to board a bullet train 300 at a time, carrying large bags and rucksacks, with only 90 seconds to do it in is quite unusual! We’ve been told that we made the national news.
Our bullet train took us to Hiroshima, when we were privileged enough to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Reading through the eye witness accounts and seeing the burned and melted artefacts was both harrowing and uplifting. To see such devastation alongside inspirational stories of hope was quite moving. Outside, we then explored the Peace Garden, saw the hundreds of paper cranes and had time to see landmarks such as the A-Bomb Dome. One key message came out of the memorial Museum and Garden: never again. Scouts from the jamboree were chosen to attend the 70th anniversary memorial on August 6th.
From Hiroshima, we made our way to the Jamboree site in Kirarahama, Yamaguchi. Arriving at 7pm, our first evening was spent registering, having our Safe From Harm certificates checked and putting up a multitude of tents. The first few days were a blur of trainings, making sense of the huge jamboree site and tightened guy ropes to ensure that the tents weren’t blown away by the forecasted tropical storm. Luckily, we survived the storm with only a little light rain.
The opening ceremony signalled the formal beginning of the jamboree. Seeing the flags of each represented nation brought onto the stage was like watching part of an Olympic opening ceremony! The majority of the 8,000 strong IST volunteers and 24,000 Scouts and Leaders joined together to celebrate the start of the jamboree. Scouts and Leaders across the world were also able to watch the ceremony live online so that they could also be involved.
July 30th brought with it the start of the programme for the Scouts and Guides, and the start of my proper work. I was lucky enough to be part of the calligraphy team. This meant that I worked with and made friends with IST volunteers from Japan, the UK, Sweden, Bulgaria, Korea and Slovenia. I have also picked up a lot of the theory of Japanese calligraphy and can now read a few basic characters.
Being part of this team also meant that I was lucky enough to meet Scouts from many different cultures and countries as well as have some free time to explore the jamboree site. Or hide in any shade available as the high temperatures and humidity were difficult to handle.
The jamboree continued until the closing ceremony on 7th August. The closing ceremony featured a Japanese pop group called °C-ute as well as the obligatory playing of the jamboree song, Come Together Now. It was only really at the closing ceremony that I saw the real scale of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree and its reach across the Scouts and Leaders who were present. The key moment for me was listening to the UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan, deliver a message from Ban Ki-Moon was just incredible.
The following day, I helped the transport team to help see off the 24,000 Scouts onto their buses to take them to the train station and beyond. Thankfully, they didn’t all arrive at the same time! On Sunday 9th August, it was our turn to leave. We departed from the jamboree site at 7am, having taken down our tents and removed all signs of us having been there.
I had signed up for a post-jamboree tour, so spent the next five days travelling around Japan. As part of the tour, we visited the Itsukushima Shrine and Hall of 1,000 Mats on the island of Miyajima. We visited the 5th station on Mount Fuji and had free time in Tokyo where a group of us visited the Imperial Palace Gardens and did plenty of souvenir shopping!
Of course, the jamboree wasn’t just about the holiday and shopping. It was about playing a part in the development of global Scouting and Guiding and ensuring that the participants received the opportunity of a lifetime that they signed up for. The Scouts who I spoke to all talked at length about their jamboree experiences and how much they were enjoying it.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported me in this project, by helping with my fundraising or listening to my endless jamboree stories!
15th Gloucester Brownies & 1st Severn Robins Senior Section
1st Guiting Power Guides are winners of Cookafest! They represented Gloucestershire in the ready steady cook style cooking challenge & had to cook a 2 course meal from a mystery bag of ingredients on a gas barbecue in 90 minutes. They were judged on the menu, main course, dessert, taste, texture, teamwork, time management, good food hygiene & presentation. Meagan, Grace, Grace & Rebecca are the best in the South West! Go girls!
The wonderful team from Gloucestershire Roads/Amey spent a day at Deer Park today and worked their socks off clearing and painting the stables and putting in a all-seater new campfire circle on Bubbs Hill. That block now looks great and would be super for a group evening meeting, basic sleepover or to support a camp up on the hill. We are also keen to get schools using it as an outdoor classroom for eco-education. If you know of someone in a school we could take round to show them the space and activities, please let us know. We are always happy to host volunteer teams from businesses in the area as there are always more jobs to do. A special thanks to Ann, Sue and Jean for the non-stop tea and cakes which helped keep everyone going strong throughout the day.
July saw our County President, Anne Cadbury, celebrating her 90th birthday and in true Guiding fashion we had to make a fuss of her at the County Executive Meeting. She was presented with flowers and it wouldn't be a birthday without cake!
Anne warmly thanks all members of Girlguiding Gloucestershire for their cards and good wishes for her birthday. She particularly appreciated and enjoyed all the handmade cards which were full of imagination and individuality.
A huge congratulations are in order for Jen Wallace and Kate Fleming who are 2 of the first Leaders to receive the SW Region's new Young Guiders' Award. Well done to them both. Looks like the Brownies agree that Kate deserves it!!
For more information on who may be eligible and how to nominate someone for a SWIYG Award, visit the South West Region website.
Kate is a leader with two Brownie units and also stepped up and trained as a Guide leader when a Guide unit also needed her. She has ensured the programme fully meets the needs of today’s girl. She is also a Division Adviser AND a peer educator in our county. Kate has been instrumental in growing Guiding by working to encourage Holiday Brownies (who are girls on waiting lists) to switch their choice of unit so that they could find a space in a regular unit. She re-opened a previously closed unit with six girls and it’s now thriving with 24 Brownies, an additional Leader in training and a student helper. Equally, her involvement in organisation of the Big Brownie Birthday Centenary celebrations in 2014 has enabled even more girls to experience all that Guiding has to offer.
Kate is always willing to try something new for the girls and experiment to ensure all girls have access to Guiding. She has made a real difference to the lives of lots of girls in Cheltenham.
Kate, 24, said: “I love volunteering for Girlguiding because it gives girls their own space and a voice to try new things and have fun. When you spend months organising events and activities it is worth every second to see the girls excited and having fun!I am extremely lucky to be have such fantastic and supportive Unit Leaders.”
Jen is a Senior Section Leader in Gloucestershire and is also the County Marketing and Communications Adviser. Jen has helped lead the 1st Gloucestershire Holiday Brownies and has mentored the Student Leaders to help them gain their Adult Leadership Qualification.
Jen in her County role has bought Media and Communications in Gloucestershire into the 21st Century. Jen has only been in the role since September 2013 and in that time Jen has done so much to support Guiding in the County.
Jen has set up an internal private Facebook page for adult volunteers to promote opportunities, share ideas and discuss the challenges that we face. Jen has set up an external Facebook page which acts as a shop window for Guiding in the County. Jen created a twitter account sharing news of what is going on in County and has developed a Social Media plan for major events so that if you cannot attend you can follow it almost live.
Alongside this there is now a new County website which was overseen by Jen, she has supported the newsletter editor and developed an excellent rapport with the local newspapers and local radio stations, ensuring Guiding is visible in Gloucestershire
Jen is also a terrific Senior Section Leader. A truly remarkable Leader
These Rainbows from Dursley District had a fantastic day at Deer Park at the weekend, trying some outdoor cooking, having a go at grass sledging and exploring the tunnels! The girls had an amazing time trying out these new activities and particularly enjoyed the gooey fruit & chocolate wraps cooked on the open fire.
It's Volunteers Week and we'd like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to all our volunteers in Gloucestershire who support us in a variety of ways every week. Have a pat on the back, you lovely people!
Here are a very small selection who chose to tell the world via social media why they volunteer with Girlguiding.
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