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Keeping in touch with our volunteers                Issue 11/2021

On 10th October I attended the Midlands Region's Advisers' Day at Brockington College. It was really useful being able to link up with other commissioners and advisers from around the region.
From our county we covered 7 roles (D or E, International, Learning & Development, LQ, Residential, Walking and Growth). Apart from getting updates on their own subjects to enable them to cascade these to all of our volunteers, we received training on various other subjects.
Lovely that we were able to get together face to face again.

 If anyone is interested in being a County Adviser do let me know, as we have various roles that are vacant at the moment plus there are other county roles that we would like to add (PR, Growth, Young Leader Adviser, Section Team Leaders, Inclusion & Diversity Adviser).  The job descriptions will be going on the website soon but do contact me if you would like to chat about
what is involved with these roles.

Esther and I have attended a Policy Updates webinar and a County Commissioner call with our Chief Guide respectively. We will share the information from these through your Division Commissioners.

I am delighted to say that I presented Worcestershire's first Hero Award on 4th November to a Young Leader from Crown East Guides, Ellesse Chamberlain (photos and information further down).  An amazing young woman and a credit to Girlguiding.  Please look at the criteria as there may be an unsung hero in your midst who can be of any age and we would love to be able to acknowledge them -
more information can be found here 

On 6th November Esther and I held our very first Commissioners, Team Leaders and Advisers Day. It was a chance for everyone there to have input into helping us put our county plan together for the next 5 years.  
The plan will be in line with Girlguiding UK's strategy
'Today, Together, Tomorrow'
that was introduced in March 2020.
We are looking forward to going through all of these suggestions to put an exciting programme of exceptional experiences for girls, rewarding volunteer opportunities and ways that we can become more inclusive and diverse in our county.

Hopefully this year lots of you will be able to take part in Remembrance Parades around the county, which may be working a little differently depending on restrictions. You can of course mark Remembrance Day at your unit meeting and If you haven't already planned anything for this year the Girlguiding UK website has lots of ideas.
Best Wishes
County Commissioner

Children in Need

This year BBC Children in Need has partnered with BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, so Girlguiding UK are asking Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and volunteers to add a Strictly twist to your fundraising. More information including ideas, fundraising pack and how to order the badge can be found on this link.

The actual television appeal show is broadcast on
Friday 19th November
but you can show your support and have fundraising events when it suits you.

The money raised through the partnership between BBC Children in Need and Girlguiding will be split equally between the two organisations. 50% of the total funds raised will support BBC Children in Need’s projects and 25% will support Girlguiding’s national projects. The final 25% of funds raised by this appeal will support local Girlguiding.

Maintenance Dates for Blackmore

Blackmore's next maintenance weekend is from  26th to 27th November, 2021.

Anybody wanting to come and help please email Carol
so that she knows how many to cater for. 

You can arrive on Friday night (26th) to sleep over - either staying indoors or out.

Breakfast will be served to anybody that wants to come early on the 27th.

They usually leave on the Saturday about 4pm 

The next one after this is January 14th /15th 2022.

 Parents Help Zone

These are the links with information for parents checking their daughter's registration enquiry and the parents help zone


Guide and Ranger Camp

Blackmore Birthday Festival is to celebrate 50 years of Girlguiding Worcestershire being at Blackmore campsite. We hope you will come along and celebrate with us.


Our County Campsite ‘Blackmore’ near Malvern.


Friday 1st July to Sunday 3rd July 2022.


Guide and Ranger fee is £75.00 to include camp fee, all on and off site activities, camp badge and an evening meal on the Saturday.

Leaders £25.00 to include camp fees, camp badge and an evening meal on the Saturday.


Bookings now open on our county website

A non-refundable deposit of £25.00 per person along with approx. numbers of campers is required before Saturday 11th December 2021 to book your unit’s place

Full payment required by Saturday 30th April 2022

Celebrating 50 years of Blackmore

Young Solutions Tryangle Awards 2022

The Young Solutions Tryangle Awards 2022 will launch in December, where you can nominate outstanding young people whose efforts and achievements deserve recognition.

Award categories

You can nominate young people in the following six categories:

Arts and Music
Good Friends and Carers
Citizenship and Environment
Personal Development

Adult Volunteer Award – This award acknowledges the outstanding contribution that adult volunteers make to our clubs and organisations; celebrating the special or remarkable who make a real difference to the young people in Worcestershire.

Find out more about the awards and see the gallery of 2021 winners here.

The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra
& the National Scout and Guide Concert Band

Applications are now open 

Closing date for applications is midnight on Saturday 11th December 2021

Eligibility is between 12 and 25 years.

These are are hosted by Birmingham Scout County, with the 2022 residential course taking place for the 5th year in Stourbridge at Old Swinford Hospital School

Course Dates: Saturday 30th July – Sunday 7th August 2022.  More infomation here 


Girlguiding Hero and Thanks Award

Ellesse Chamberlain has been amazing and has supported her mother in true Guiding spirit. She has looked after her younger siblings, 2 of which are autistic, cooked meals to tempt her mum to eat after chemotherapy and done so much to help. While doing this she has maintained her school work and kept the family's spirits up. She is an excellent Young Leader for 1st Crown East Guides and this award is very well deserved.

We’re thrilled to share with you a snapshot of our Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s expedition, which we were able to transfer from our school (who stopped running expeditions during covid-19) to Girlguiding Worcestershire. 

We walked through the Peak District for our 30-mile expedition, passed cycle trails, and miles of cows with varying levels of friendliness, passed deserted stretches that never seemed to end, into popular trails like Dove Dale. Every day, every view was something beautiful and deserving of its own essay, but here I’ve picked out some of our favourites.

5. In at number 5: Our stop at Parsley Hay car park. It was day one and the weather was truly miserable so to have reached our first proper stop and see the under-cover seating area was certainly a special moment. Not only that but we met an enthusiastic dog called Derby who was unfortunately not from Derby… but a very good boy. 

4. At number 4: Outside Castern Hall. It was over halfway into day two and morale was dropping as our feet turned into blisters, so to stop outside the lovely house and look out to the valley below whilst covering our feet with blister plasters was a welcomed break in a beautiful spot.

3. Number 3! The hill before Wetton. Lunch time at day two and we were hours behind but sitting on a pretty grass bank looking back to a stream and several grazing sheep, those were a quiet few minutes as we ate and relaxed knowing for once exactly where we were.

2. In at number 2: Lunch at Ilam rock. As I write this I do realise quite a few of these points are food based… perhaps something that tells you a lot about me, but lunch Ilam rock on the third day was particularly special. Finally it was too hot rather than too wet and we could enjoy an extended break sitting by the river in Dove Dale, washing our feet and talking about our experiences over the past few days.

1. Finally at number 1: The top of Ecton hill. Day two was certainly the most challenging and reaching the top of this hill was nothing short of galling. Our first attempt (after much sweat and tears) ended in us having to walk halfway back down the hill as we simply couldn’t find the gate that would break a seemingly endless fence. But on our second attempt, we reached the top and looked proudly down at the great height we had achieved, admittedly after a few too many hours! 

Our DofE experience with Girlguiding Worcestershire pushed our limits both physically and mentally. It certainly offered us an option far more independent than that of school, which is something to consider if you really want to experience the award how it is was set out to be.
We’d thoroughly recommend the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to any 14-26 year olds! If you are interested, email Antonia and Georgette at

Written by: Megan Kelleher
Hagley Rangers


         Saturday the 29th of January 2022

            @ 12.30pm for 1pm

            at Blackmore Campsite in the Barn

            Cost £15.00

Booking form link on website here

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