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Season’s Greetings E-Card Design Competition

05th July 21

We’re looking for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Young Leaders and Rangers to come up with a colourful festive design for Girlguiding Hertfordshire’s Season’s Greetings E-card. Details of the competition are as follows:- The image should be no bigger than A5 The image can include "Seasons Greetings" but no other wording The winning design will be sent from the county commissioner, along with a festive message, to all county members who have opted into receiving marketing messages. The design will also be featured on the county website/social media pages. The winning design will

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Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered – outdoor area is open

28th April 21

We are pleased to announce that Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered outdoor area is available for units wishing to meet outdoors in a safe, private space. More information is available in the HGC use of outdoor space document.

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Lone Volunteering Policy

22nd October 20

Many volunteers already make decisions and additional provision for their personal safety as a matter of course. The introduction of the lone volunteering policy will help reinforce and support those decisions and will help volunteers to give further attention to keeping themselves and those they support safe. It will also help volunteers to challenge any situations where they might feel uncomfortable carrying out a task on their own. It does not apply to volunteering activities carried out in volunteers' own home.  The lone volunteering procedures support the policy.

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Season’s Greetings E-Card Design Competition

05/07/21

We’re looking for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Young Leaders and Rangers to come up with a colourful festive design for Girlguiding Hertfordshire’s Season’s Greetings E-card. Details of the competition are as follows:- The image should be no bigger than A5 The image can include "Seasons Greetings" but no other wording The winning design will be sent from the county commissioner, along with a festive message, to all county members who have opted into receiving marketing messages. The design will also be featured on the county website/social media pages. The winning design will

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1st Response Badges

15/06/21

Have you completed your 1st Response training either in-person or virtually using an online platform and completed the 1st Response e-learning since January 2021?   If so, then contact your district commissioner who will shortly be receiving these fantastic 1st Response badges to say, "Thank You".

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Become a Peer Educator

07/06/21

Calling all our 14-25 year old members - would you like to make a difference as a Peer Educator? Please visit the Youth Opportunities page for more information and contact our Peer Educator Coordinator, Trish Botten via [email protected] to register your interest.  

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Volunteer Recuitment Campaign Resources – WE NEED YOUR HELP

05/05/21

We need your help to create more resources for our volunteer recruitment campaign! We know most of our leaders are busy people who juggle busy lives and families - but many potential volunteers think they haven't the time to join us..... SO this is an opportunity to showcase who we really are - ordinary people who together achieve amazing things! Simply send your name and guiding name, job title, volunteer role(s), an interesting quote about why you volunteer and two photos (one in guiding uniform, one in work attire) to [email protected] Please include a completed photo

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Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered – outdoor area is open

28/04/21

We are pleased to announce that Hertfordshire Guide Centre, Cottered outdoor area is available for units wishing to meet outdoors in a safe, private space. More information is available in the HGC use of outdoor space document.

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Geocaching

07/04/21

Attention geocachers!  Have you or members of your unit created any geocaches?  The County Walking Team is putting together a library of Girlguiding geocaches for all members to find. If you’ve created one please let us know by filling in this short online form http://bit.ly/girlguidinggeocachingform

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Training Badges

24/03/21

As a "thank you" for the time you put into training, we invite you to log the hours of training you complete and claim a pin badge when you reach milestones.  You can download the log sheet training record below: Training Record Training Record -  B&W version  Training can be back dated to January 2021, it includes face-2-face training as well as online training and e-training. Badges can be claimed from the county training team or via your commissioner.

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Flexible Guiding Units

01/12/20

Who can join: There are lots of reasons for someone to join one of the flexible guiding units. For example: 1. There’s no unit for their age group in their local area 2. They have other commitments, including studies and caring responsibilities which means they can’t attend meetings 3. Transport to and from meetings is a problem 4. An illness or disability which prevents them attending meetings regularly 5. They don’t enjoy spending time in large groups 6. Waiting list for units in your local area Flexible guiding units means we can offer all the benefits of being a Girlguiding

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Lone Volunteering Policy

22/10/20

Many volunteers already make decisions and additional provision for their personal safety as a matter of course. The introduction of the lone volunteering policy will help reinforce and support those decisions and will help volunteers to give further attention to keeping themselves and those they support safe. It will also help volunteers to challenge any situations where they might feel uncomfortable carrying out a task on their own. It does not apply to volunteering activities carried out in volunteers' own home.  The lone volunteering procedures support the policy.

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Training during the pandemic

01/06/20

As face to face trainings are still prohibited by Girlguiding UK we would like to offer the opportunity to you to access training through e-learning. As a reminder, there are lots of opportunities on the Girlguiding UK website  If there is an alternative training that you would like to access that may require payment then we would like to support you in your development. This may be food hygiene or looking after girls with autism or anything else that enhances your role in guiding or will benefit the girls in your care. If this is you, please contact county

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New Fundraising Related Policies

13/12/19

In the 4 December's Making guiding happen members were told about the new donation acceptance policy and the partnership screening policy. Girlguiding want everyone to be familiar with these policies before taking any donations or applying to receive money from third parties such as trusts, partners or businesses. Please ensure you have read these.

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A Safe Space Training in Girlguiding Hertfordshire

18/10/19

Girlguiding launched the updated the ‘A Safe Space’ training in September 2017 to help create an environment where girls can be safe and have fun. All volunteers will need to do Level 1 and your role(s) determine which of the next 3 levels you will need to complete and see below for explanation of levels. By December 2020 everyone will need to have the correct level of training for their role. LEVEL 1 – AN INTRODUCTION: For all volunteers including occasional helpers, GO coordinators, home contacts and parent helpers, peer educators and Young Leaders including those doing the Young Leader

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Together TV Sunflower Challenge

Together TV have launched the Sunflower Challenge, an initiative to distribute 400,000 free sunflower seeds across the UK to

Rotary Club of Stevenage Youth Programmes and Activities for 2021

The May edition of the Rotary Times broadsheet details all of the programmes the Rotary Club of Stevenage hopes to run from

Speak Up Youth Forum

The YCH in Watford are re opening all youth projects from Monday 19 April and are looking for some more young people to join

Blue Cross Virtual Pet Care Talks and Resources

We know that Rainbows, Brownies and Guides love pets and love learning about the

Virtual Talks and Outdoor Sessions with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The CWGC honour and care for the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World

Girlguiding Hertfordshire 200 Club 2021

Please support the Girlguiding Hertfordshire County Centre, Cottered. Open to Girlguiding Hertfordshire

Adventures at Home Badge

Girlguiding has now brought out an Adventures at Home badge to celebrate everything people have been doing to keep Guiding

Information from School Nursing Team at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

The School Nurse team at the Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust has adapted ways of supporting young people during this time and

Honeybee Talk

Honeybee Talk offered by Meriet Duncan, beekeeper and author of the children's book Betsie Valentine And The Honeybees. For

Drumming and Percussion Workshops

Drum workshops for Guiding groups and camps. For more information please download the drum workshop flyer All the equipment

West Herts Trefoil Guild

West Herts Trefoil Guild has a new 'home'. Leaders and friends are welcome to join West Herts Trefoil Guild at Warners End

Uganda Friendship 2018 Challenge Badge

In August 2018, three Leaders and twelve young women from Girlguiding Hertfordshire will travel to Uganda where they will