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

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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Girlguiding Hertfordshire 2020 Awards

29th September 20

Due to this year's Annual Awards ceremony being cancelled and being unable to reschedule this Autumn, all this years’ Awards will be presented virtually. Verity Maclachlan was recently presented with a Laurel award via a Zoom presentation. Congratulations to Verity for the amazing amount of work and commitment she has given to Girlguiding Hertfordshire over the years in various capacities. More information about Verity’s achievement can be viewed here. Nicola Day and Sue Thornton will be presented with their Anglia Brooches and Certificates on 8 October along with an Anglia Youth Award to

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County Office

17th March 20

Please be aware that the county office staff are currently working remotely from home during the school term 9.30am-1.30pm until further notice.  If you have any queries, you can still contact us via email: countysec@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk Natalie and Rachel, County Administrators

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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: sallyACC@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk 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’s 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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Girlguiding Hertfordshire 2020 Awards

29/09/20

Due to this year's Annual Awards ceremony being cancelled and being unable to reschedule this Autumn, all this years’ Awards will be presented virtually. Verity Maclachlan was recently presented with a Laurel award via a Zoom presentation. Congratulations to Verity for the amazing amount of work and commitment she has given to Girlguiding Hertfordshire over the years in various capacities. More information about Verity’s achievement can be viewed here. Nicola Day and Sue Thornton will be presented with their Anglia Brooches and Certificates on 8 October along with an Anglia Youth Award to

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Communications & PR Team Members

25/09/20

Your Communications and PR Team need you! We are hoping to expand our team. Can you offer EITHER of the following, or know someone who fits the bill? 1) Do you love Instagram, and would be happy to use Instagram to promote GG? This would include both sharing relevant GGHerts Facebook posts, and creating original content 2) Are you passionate about Girlguiding, and would like the chance to promote what we do? Our team runs the Girlguiding Hertfordshire Facebook page and social media, provides photographic support for the Awards Evening and other County events, and advises on branding amongst

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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 Trish

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County Office

17/03/20

Please be aware that the county office staff are currently working remotely from home during the school term 9.30am-1.30pm until further notice.  If you have any queries, you can still contact us via email: countysec@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk Natalie and Rachel, County Administrators

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Introducing the Youth Opportunities Team

02/03/20

This new team has been created to bring together all the opportunities Guiding can offer to young people aged 13+. Headed up by Catherine Farman, the team have already begun work on their strategy and will soon be finalising a name, launching a logo, newsletter and first round of activities. When a young person gets to 13 years old, we want them to know that they don’t only have to be a young leader or just choose Duke of Edinburgh; they can do as much as they want to. The group, whose name is to be confirmed, comprises of DofE, Queen’s Guide, young leaders, Rangers, peer educators and

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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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2020 Subscriptions

23/10/19

This is advance notice that the subscription for members of Girlguiding Hertfordshire for 2020 will be £35.00 (i.e. £16 HQ, £10 Anglia and £9 Hertfordshire). Please remember that your Division and/or your District may add their own levy on top of this.  If you are likely to have any concerns with being able to pay please contact your Commissioner.  Commissioners can contact the County Treasurer at ctreasurer@girlguidinghertfordshire.org.uk. We appreciate that this may be an unwelcome increase from last year but unfortunately, due to fewer members paying the subscription as well as increasing

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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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National Scout & Guide Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band 2021

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Adventures at Home Badge

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Walking 100 Challenge

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Hertfordshire Libraries My Story Families Project

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Information from School Nursing Team at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

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Dacorum Borough Council Adventure Playgrounds

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Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

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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

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