County Highlights: April 2020

| 14/02/2020

A Celebration of Cheshire Border Guiding Adventures 2019 

Thank you to everyone that attended this super event that showcased the numerous opportunities there are in our county for Having an Adventure, locally and internationally. Planning for our next event, 12 Sept 2020, is understandably on hold at present.

Safe Space

Where possible, please ensure Level 1 and 2 are completed. It’s just a few short videos and a quick quiz or 2!

Virtual meetings

See guidance from HQ 

There are also Girlguiding’s new weekly Adventures at Home activities. Do send any news items to share to: and

Leadership Qualification

If anyone doing their LQ and can’t see their mentor virtually, Julia McCoy will put them in touch with someone to chat through any elements, contact Julia at 

There are also the Programme webinars that tick off the programme training element of the Leadership Qualification. Sessions are run throughout the month by Girlguiding Qualified trainers. Sign up on the ‘learning opportunities’ page on GO.

You do not now need to repeat Module 1 when moving section. There is a checklist to complete with your mentor/commissioner.

Mentors/commissioners – please let the LQ coordinator know that this has been completed so it can be recorded on GO and the leader can still receive a certificate.

1st Response

All training on hold. You do already have six months after your qualification expires to complete the 1st Response Refresher. If you don’t complete your 1st Response Refresher in this time, your qualification will no longer be valid.

Subscriptions 2020

Our county was paid in full by deadline!! Well done everyone!

Verified accounts are now due 

All accounts must be independently reviewed annually and a verified, signed copy passed onto the relevant commissioner/treasurer (i.e District for unit accounts, Division for District accounts). If you need any help with this please contact your commissioner. More information can be found here.

International Update

  • County and Region IntOps Selection weekends – Postponed until 2021
  • European Jamboree 2020 – Postponed until Summer 2021
  • ICE Malta – planning continues. Awaiting guidance from FCO and Girlguiding.
  • All planning for region international experiences for 2021 on hold.

Fundraising Please be aware that if trips/events are cancelled, you may have to return donations – For example:

  1. If you have been sponsored to do something to raise money for your trip and your trip is now cancelled, you need to contact each of your sponsors and let them know about the cancellation. You must ask them if they are happy for funds to still go towards the Girlguiding group who were going on the trip you were fundraising for, or if they want a refund.
  2. If you held a bake sale/raffle/quiz night to raise money for your trip and your trip is now cancelled, refunds will not need to be made even though the trip is cancelled. The money must still be given to the charity you were raising money for, e.g your unit.

Check out here for more information.

Comfort bags – Message from Rachel Robinson

30 Comfort Bags have been delivered to Macclesfield Hospital along with a box of single use toothbrush/toothpaste packs & a box of mini soaps. We are trying to get enough stock together to get another delivery to Leighton hospital next week. We are short of deodorants and the bags themselves. However some Leaders and girls are sewing them for us whilst at home for which we are extremely grateful.

The main thing we now need are pictures!!

  • “Get Well Soon” messages for patients
  • “Thank You” messages for staff

Please encourage girls to draw these and then get an adult to photograph/scan them and send them to

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
County Guide Advisor
Grant coordinator
Water Team; paddle instructors, a principle sailing instructor and/or a senior sailing instructor
2 Finance committee members (ideally one from Weaver and one from Moreton Division)

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