Following nearly 18 months of not being able to meet up face to face with our young members and volunteers in Worcestershire, I have just had a wonderful week visiting Units from across the County.
Last Tuesday, I joined the 7th Stourbridge Rainbows, followed by the 7th Stourbridge Brownies for their very lively outdoor meetings at their H.Q., in Wollaston. A “huge” thank you to Karen Hammond and her Unit Leadership Team for making me feel so welcome. Also, “Thank You” to their Rainbows and Brownies, for allowing me to join in with their Unit Meeting Activities. The Rainbows had great fun balancing balloons and the Brownies creating a “Room in a Box” adapted for COVID to
“Room in a Garden”!
On Wednesday evening I dropped in to meet up with Hagley Rangers and their leader Rachel Coton, with Georgette, our County Duke of Edinburgh Adviser/Assessor. The Rangers are in the process of planning their expedition in Derbyshire, for their Silver D of E Award, which they are currently working towards. I was so impressed by the group’s enthusiasm and energy and wish them all the very best for their challenge. With all the effort they are putting in with their planning,
I am sure they will succeed.
On Friday, I went the other end of the County to visit Units in Malvern Division.
First of all, I called in to meet the 1st Upton Rainbows led by Sarah Yeadon. When I arrived the girls were enjoying a lovely evening outside in the grounds of their H.Q. doing a scavenger hunt. I was delighted that during my visit I was able to present Sarah with an Association Good Service Brooch, an award she truly deserves. Afterwards, it was off to Blackmore, our County Campsite, to join 10th Malvern Guides and 5th Malvern Link Guides for a couple of hours. The Guides were engaged in a variety of activities which included tent pitching, outdoor cooking, water challenges and making wind socks. Again, it was lovely to see the girls having great fun and really enjoying themselves – thanks to their leaders Sarah, Cathy, Mary and Judy and Division Commissioner for Malvern, Jane Riley.
At all the Units I visited, I was so impressed by the inspiration and dedication of the Leaders and the enthusiasm of the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers – it really is so lovely to see the return of face to face Guiding, something I know we have all missed during the past 18 months. Over the next couple of weeks, I am looking forward to visits to Units in Redditch, Kidderminster, Severn and Teme and Droitwich and…. just to reassure everyone,
I am doing lateral flow testing in between my visits!
Finally, please look out towards the end of July for our new County Challenge.
To celebrate our beautiful Guiding county we are launching a new challenge badge called “Wonderful Worcestershire”. Each Division is contributing towards the challenge, linking in with places to visits, crafts,
well known residents and an interesting fact.
The challenge is open to all and can be completed either
as a group or as an individual.
I hope you all have a good weekend, whatever you may be doing. I know quite a few of you are planning to watch the football or the tennis! Enjoy.
UPCOMING FIRST RESPONSE TRAININGS:
Monday 26th July - 6 hour day virtual session 9.30am - 4.30pm (with breaks)
Sunday 1st August at Blackmore - face to face training 9.00am-4.00pm (places filling up quickly)
Sunday 8th August at the County Office – PRACTICAL session – If you have attended a virtual training and need this 15 minute session to complete the course.
Please note there will be no further trainings before September.
NewHome and International REN Forms are live on GO so can be completed online. If leaders prefer to complete the form on paper, there is an updated version on the website to download.This change also includes the international permission to plan, which has been incorporated into a separate international REN form.
All new trips should use the new forms, either through GO or the downloadable form on the website. If leaders are in the process of planning a postponed trip due to COVID-19 that has already had the REN part one or permission to plan approved they will need to resubmit these, along with all the supporting documents, to their commissioner.
Of course this could be something that any of our members, whatever age,
would like to get involved in.
We would like a small group of people to come up with new ideas that can then be rolled out across the divisions/districts.
If you are interested or want to find out more please contact Janet
FREE - Raising Awareness of Exploitation and Vulnerability course.
The West Mercia Police Crime Commissioner has arranged funding for training within the West Mercia Police area for statutory or voluntary organisations in ‘raising awareness of vulnerability and exploitation’.
The training covers several areas of vulnerability and exploitation that may affect some of the members within guiding, including child sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and county lines (drug dealing). It will cover both adults and children that are vulnerable to exploitation.
If you would be interested in attending a session, or know of someone in your Division who may like to, please could you let Yvonne know by 14th July and she will arrange a virtual session for the County.
We will need a minimum of 8 volunteers for the session to go ahead.
This month we are sharing Girlguiding’s work with ‘Generation Green’ - a project working to connect young people to nature.
This also includes a series of events - Caring for Nature (residentials), Connecting with Nature (day events) and Outdoor training events (for volunteers and adults). For more details and eligibility criteria please click here.
Peer educators are 14-25 year olds who help Brownies, Guides and Rangers explore important topics.
As young people they use their own experience to bring the subject to life.
Do you know anyone that would like to find out more about being a Peer Educator?
Are you a Unit Leader that would like to include Peer Educators in their programme?
Saturday August 21st, 2pm till 4.30pm at Blackmore.
Come and help us to celebrate the life of Colin Walton.
More details to follow.
County Office email address Do you have the correct email address for the County Office?Many of you are using an old email address, please add email@example.com your address book. The old email address has now ceased and we are unable to access them so please do make the change.
Worcestershire Source This newsletter is planned to go out on the 8th of each month. If you would like any items of interest included or photos to share with everyone of what your unit or Leaders have been up to please let me have these by 1st of the month. We would especially like virtual or activity guiding ideas that we will also put on the website. firstname.lastname@example.org
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