About Us

Hertfordshire is a wonderful guiding County of over 11,500 members. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, and volunteers who enable every young member to develop their potential and be their best. We offer a full and varied programme to the girls in a safe, girl only space.

There are lots of exciting opportunities including the outdoors, international opportunities and trips abroad. Many committed volunteers make all of this happen. Whether girl or adult come and join us, have fun and make lifelong friends. Watch the Discover Guiding video to find out more.

Visit the pages here to find out more about who we are, and how you can get involved.

Girlguiding Hertfordshire the Beginnings…

When Lord Baden-Powell asked his sister Agnes to do 'something for the girls', he could never have foreseen what effect those words would have on the lives of the young women of the country.

Agnes placed an advertisement in a number of newspapers, one of which was the Watford Observer. The advert was answered by Miss D. Birch (later Mrs. Burns) who discovered from Miss Baden-Powell what had to be done to start a Guide Company.

First, Miss Birch had to call upon a number of prominent ladies in the town explaining her ideas, until she had persuaded eight ladies to sign up as the girls’ committee. This could take quite a long time, as often the idea had to be explained several times over before the ladies would agree.

It all obviously took root and after other companies started up, by 1914 there were enough to ensure that the County could be registered at what became known as Commonwealth Headquarters in Buckingham Palace Road, London.

Hertfordshire’s first County Commissioner was Lady Carrick who served for 4 years. From 1919 to the present, no fewer than 16 County Commissioners have given their loyal service to Hertfordshire.

Latest News

2021 Subscriptions

01st February 21

We are pleased to announce the amount due to Girlguiding Hertfordshire in next year’s subscriptions. Please click here for further details. If you have any concerns, please contact your district commissioner and commissioners can contact the County Treasurer: [email protected] Please note the following important dates:- Now: Trial invoices are ready to view and download from the Subscription system. Unit Leaders should check: - unit invoices and look at numbers of girls and volunteers to be paid for - update records for girls who have left and ensure all girls

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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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2021 Subscriptions

01/02/21

We are pleased to announce the amount due to Girlguiding Hertfordshire in next year’s subscriptions. Please click here for further details. If you have any concerns, please contact your district commissioner and commissioners can contact the County Treasurer: [email protected] Please note the following important dates:- Now: Trial invoices are ready to view and download from the Subscription system. Unit Leaders should check: - unit invoices and look at numbers of girls and volunteers to be paid for - update records for girls who have left and ensure all girls

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Unit First Aid Sessions

29/01/21

As so many leaders are embracing the virtual world the Challenge for this badge can be done remotely. Invite the county's First Aid Adviser, Verity Maclachlan to your unit Zoom meeting to run a 40 minute First Aid session covering skills builders or adapted to suit your girls. Girls could earn the I'm a Lifesaver badge. Contact [email protected] for further information

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Geocaching

29/01/21

Attention geocachers!  Have you or members of your unit created any geocaches?  We would love to hear about it if you have. We aim to produce a list of all the Girlguiding caches so members can seek out those ones in particular. Please share your cache with us by emailing [email protected]

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Who is Your Pandemic Hero?

21/01/21

Girlguiding would like to recognise members who through their actions have shown a positive response to the current pandemic.  This will be for members of any age in any section or any staff member. It is NOT A COVID AWARD!   Nor A ZOOM AWARD! We want to hear who you would nominate.  Who has gone that extra mile?  Done those little things in the background that go unnoticed?  Little acts of kindness mean so much – the phone call, the meal, the bunch of flowers.   This is not about who has done the most but who has made a difference during the past months. We look forward to

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Level 3 A Safe Space Online Trainings

14/01/21

Bookings for Level 3 sessions this year are being offered by Anglia via their website. There are currently spaces on the last four sessions in January. Each unit needs to have a leader with level 3 before they can meet face to face.  Bookings for February’s sessions will be open by close of business on 22 January or sooner if needed.

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Season’s Greetings from Girlguiding Hertfordshire

09/12/20

Unit Bank Accounts

02/12/20

Just a reminder that bank accounts in the name of your unit must have at least three unrelated signatories by 31 March 2021, if you do not already. All signatories must be on GO, with at least two signatories from the unit level on GO. Please also ensure that if you have online banking this has a dual authorisation process. We are aware that it is currently difficult to open an account and make any changes so if you have any problems, please contact your local 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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Anglia Award Congratulations – Sue Thornton

09/11/20

We are delighted to announce that Sue Thornton has been awarded an Anglia award. Just as a reminder, the criteria for the award: “Awarded in recognition for exceptional quality of service given within the Region showing commitment and a level of service that has been over and above ‘the call of duty’” What could be more apt for going above the call of duty than saving someone’s life? Sue is a trained first aider and leapt to the aid of a gentleman who became very unwell in the theatre. By staying calm and following everything she had been taught in first aid, Sue saved

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Anglia Award Congratulations – Nicola Day

30/10/20

We are delighted to announce that Nic Day has been awarded an Anglia award. Nic runs a combined Rainbow and Brownie unit in Radlett, has the role as district secretary and is heavily involved in the district headquarters. She is involved in the running of many district events and is instrumental in the hugely successful Great Patrol Hunt. These roles are amazing enough in their own right but Nic was nominated as she goes above and beyond by doing so much more. Sadly, the risk of closure of units can be all too common due to the lack of leaders. When this was the situation that Radlett faced in

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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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Anglia Youth Award Congratulations – Perdita

21/10/20

We are delighted to announce that Perdi has been awarded an Anglia Youth award. Some of you will know that Girlguiding has made a commitment to the environment, in particular through our “Plastic Promise”. Perdi has embraced this commitment by creating activities using natural resources at a camp she supported. She has a passion for making a change and has been involved in many projects to make a change, such as a trip to Uganda and a Toilet Twinning scheme with her school. Perdi is the making of an amazing leader as she involves everyone, even the most shy; shows enthusiasm at every

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Growth & Retention Working Group

08/10/20

The Growth & Retention team are on the lookout for new members to join the Growth & Retention Group.  Growth & Retention is about increasing the number of members in Hertfordshire. We would like to have members from a range of volunteer roles as well as members from different areas of the county and are looking for people who are enthusiastic and would like to make a difference to the future of Girlguiding Hertfordshire Please click here for a role description or contact Sally Settle, Assistant County Commissioner - Members via email: [email protected] for more

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Laurel Award Congratulations – Verity Maclachlan

01/10/20

We are delighted to announce that Verity Maclachlan has been awarded a Laurel. Verity has been involved in Girlguiding and Girl Scouts for many years and has committed over 24 years to 1st Radlett Guides and Radlett district. We are also very fortunate to have her on the county team. As a trained nurse, she has used her skills and training qualification to teach hundreds of leaders and girls First Response and Heartstart courses. She works in collaboration with St John Ambulance and British Heart Foundation and not only teaches others but is frequently the designated first aider at events all

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Girlguiding Hertfordshire – Trustees

01/10/20

Following a strategic review in April 2020, the county Trustees consisting of: The County Commissioner (1) The Division Commissioners (10 people, 9 votes) voted to appoint further Trustees to the county.  This is to ensure key elements of the strategy are considered at Trustee meetings. Therefore the following roles were added as Trustees: The Assistant County Commissioners (4) The County Treasurer (1) The County Guiding Development Adviser (1) The County Membership Co-ordinator (1) The County Property Adviser (currently incorporated as ACC role) The Constitution was

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Virtual Talks and Outdoor Sessions with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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Mugs for rehoming/upcycling

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Hearing Dogs for Deaf People - Virtual Talks / The Virtual Great British Dog Walk

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National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band 2021

We are very pleased to be able to announce that applications for the 2021 NSGSO and

Stroke Association Challenge Pack

The Stroke Association have released a Challenge Pack designed for all sections of Guiding. In the pack it teaches about

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

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 (HYOC2020) is a year to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural

National Citizen Service

Looking for summer work in your local community? We are recruiting staff to support young people on the NCS 3 & 4 week

Blue Cross Talks on pet care and dog safety

Blue Cross, the charity dedicated to helping sick, injured and homeless pets has