County Highlights from Exec Meetings

| 14/02/2020

Comfort bags:  Great news – members of Cheshire Border have now made over 1000 comfort bags! Contact Rachael Robinson (Capesthorne Division Commissioner) for more information on how to be involved

County Rainbow Sparkle Day:  Sunday, 2 February 2020, a huge success. 275 girls attended and feedback from leaders/girls and parents has been very positive. Well done to County Rainbow Adviser, Karen Taylor and her team.

Youth Fundays have offered 19 September 2020 as a date for the next Brownies go to Blackpool event. First team planning meeting on Wednesday 19 Feb, 7.30pm, Cheshire Tavern, West Rd, Congleton CW12 4EY. Contact County Brownie Adviser – Cathy Consterdine –to volunteer to help plan the event.

 Duke of Edinburgh Award – Cheshire Border have received £121.25 from the Region Duke of Edinburgh Diamond Award fund.  This can be given to members in our county who live in areas of deprivation, for help towards equipment for DofE, DofE Training or Walking Training which will be used for DofE.

Please note – Non-members who want to volunteer as part of their DofE;

If someone who isn’t a Girlguiding member wants to volunteer with us as part of their DofE, they must be at least 14 years old. Remember that they’ll need to be registered on GO as a ‘young external volunteer’. If they’re over the age of 18, they’ll need to go through our recruitment checks too.

DofE now allow participants to start in the school year in which the young person’s peer group turn fourteen so there may be young people who are under 14 years old requesting to start. Girlguiding do not currently allow them to until they are at least 14 years old.

Taster Hikes – There has been some interest in recommencing the County Taster Hikes which are overnight hikes for Guides aged 11 or 12. It offers the chance for them to experience an overnight hike without having to carry all their own equipment.

It is an excellent introduction for any girls considering taking part in Cheshire Hike, the Duke of Edinburgh award or anyone just wanting the chance to try a different experience.

Could you help plan this opportunity? Please contact Rachel Robinson for more information

International – Girls from our county travelling to the European Jamboree 2020, Nepal 2021 and Malta (Region ICE trip) are all busy fundraising. Do support them when you can.

Safe Space

Our current County Compliance is: Level 1 60%, Level 2 51%, Level 3 52%, Level 4 62%.

56% unit compliant across County

District Competition – Congleton Cloud District in the lead…..only 2 people left to complete the training they need for their role! Brocklehurst closest with 19 people left.

Getting there!

Please ensure you have the level you need for the role you do. Check by following the link to the website

 Remember, from 1st January 2020, each unit must have:

  • a leader with the appropriate LQ module 1
  • a volunteer with a first aid qualification at each unit meeting
  • at least one leader per unit (leader, assistant leader, leader in training) with Safe Space Level 3

 Leadership Qualification

Julia McCoy is very kindly still verifying books (average 10 a month) and helping to arrange mentor evenings until new LQ coordinator in place (Do let Karen know if you’d like more information about this role!

LQ books have been updated – main changes focus on ensuring programme is more clearly followed and Safe Space for roles explained.

Mentor Evenings 2020:  First evening at Henbury Village Hall was attended by 5 people – less than hoped but well received by those attending. Open to anyone who is a Leadership Qualification mentor or anyone who would like to be.

Bronze and Silver Awards can be ordered like Gold awards through County from Badge Secretary

Programme help:  How could a local business help you deliver a Skills Builder or UMA? The Pledge could help us link up ( Let Karen know if you would like a contact.

1st Response    Helen reports new system working well but people not paying in a timely fashion. Please note that, in future, your GO record will only be updated on receipt of payment and on confirmation of attendance on course.

 Awards County Good Service nomination form now available. Please send to Claire Worth.   Nominations for Thanks awards can go here too. Please ensure form submitted by 1st April 2020.             

County Finance If you are paying funds into the County account, please email Hayley and let her know. There has been an unknown deposit of £500!

Subscriptions 2020

  •  28 January 2020 trial invoices now available to view
  • 25 February 2020 official invoices available to pay

Please get those invoices checked and pay as soon after 25 February as possible. Chasing late payments is a long and tiring job for commissioners!

Accounts Please ensure accounts are submitted to the relevant level by 31 March 2020

Division accounts go to County (Moreton Division get a gold star, already received!); District accounts to Division; Unit accounts go to Districts. Remember, Commissioners are there to help so please ask for support and advice if you need it.

Our county PR team is increasing – Helen Banks (our Express Rep) and Lily Downing, a fellow Ranger, have joined the team as our Instagrammers. They are trialling an Instagram page with Congleton West Rangers before it is rolled out to all in county. Trefoil rep Louise Smith has also joined the team.

Please let the PR team know of all events well ahead of time and they can advertise them on all 3 platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; especially if you are attending local events as they can tag them and increase your visibility.

Body Shop – have offered to run sessions with groups – contact Emily Scarf – Executive Manager – 07584056791 for more details.

Role Vacancies;

  • Adult support chair
  • Leadership Coordinator
  • Chair of PR, website and borderlines
  • Emergency Aid adviser
  • Outdoor activities adviser
  • County Growth and Retention Coordinator
  • 18-30 offer representative (to include Queen’s Guide adviser role)
  • 1 Express rep for 19-25yr age group
  • Central and Sutton District commissioner
  • Crewe North District commissioner
  • Congleton West District Commissioner
  • Grant coordinator
  • Water Team; paddle instructors, a principle sailing instructor and/or a senior sailing instruct
  • Finance committee members (ideally one from Weaver and one from Moreton Division)

Do contact Karen or Linda for more information about these roles or see the Girlguiding website

February 2020

December 2019