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County Commissioner’s Corner – Nov 17

My last few weeks in Girlguiding Glasgow have been very busy after a few weeks downtime from unexpected illness. At times such as this you really appreciate being part of a movement such as Girlguiding as many Guiding friends sent well wishes and I even had a delivery of Galaxy chocolate in abundance which aided my recover superbly. Thanks to everyone for their well wishes and to Evelyn and the rest of the team who covered my diary and inbox over the two weeks and for everyone’s understanding as I have been getting back up to speed!

First diary commitment was with my Senior Section unit on a flying visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach for the day a very early start from Glasgow Central meant we were at the park for it opening at 9:30am ready for a fast day of fun in the park. Our timing was impeccable as Ministry of Sound had guest DJ’s playing so we were entertained all day!

The following weekend Evelyn and I spent the day in Edinburgh at Girlguiding Scotland taking some time out to catch up on our epic Girlguiding Glasgow ‘to do’ list which was highly productive and satisfying. Our hard work was rewarded by a lovely evening meal, with the new Scottish Chief Guide, Dr Moira McKenna, who was keen to learn more about our County, the challenges we face and our aspirations. It was a lovely evening sharing our passion for Girlguiding and telling her about all the wonderful activity going on across our County.

Next up on the agenda was the Scottish County Commissioners weekend at Netherurd, this time round we had a bonus day added into the programme to complete the level four Safe Space training which was delivered by Girlguiding staff on the Friday, before the conference commenced in the evening through to Sunday afternoon. A full on agenda was covered by the new Scottish Chief Commissioner team with a clear ambition to grow Girlguiding in Scotland!!!

Back to Edinburgh by invitation of Girlguiding Scotland for our Executive team the following weekend to undertake a governance review and an opportunity for the team to review our progress to date and review the plan we are following going forward. The team found the day worthwhile and purposeful and challenged us all as trustees of our organisation!

The following day I spent a lovely afternoon with Kirstyn, Girlguiding Glasgow Senior Section adviser, and our County Baden Powell Guides who were down at Achachairdeis for their BP adventure weekend participating in outdoor adventure activities and making new friendships as part of their award. The Guides made the most of me being there and gave me plenty of hints and tips on how to make Girlguiding Glasgow even better – thanks girls!

My last weekend of the month I had the pleasure of attending our County training day which I found very useful and reassuring when hearing all about our new programme. I left with plenty ideas to take away for my unit. It was a lovely day getting an opportunity to catch up with friends old and new.

So all in all it has been a busy but very enjoyable few weeks and I just need to get back on top on my Girlguiding inbox and the world will all make sense again!!

A busy few weeks lie ahead including our County Annual Review – Girlguiding Glasgow Celebrates. I look forward to seeing some of you there,

Best wishes


Division Diaries – November 2017

North Division

Nothing to report this month
Ann Chapman |

East North East Division

Nothing to report this month
Senga |

North East Division

Thanks to everyone who attended the Training Day on Saturday 4th November. It was great to see a good turnout from North East Division and I hope you all came away with some new ideas about the forthcoming new programme.

I am pleased to say that Elaine Shaw is now officially Assistant Division Commissioner and we can both be contacted on the email

The next Division meeting will be on Monday 13th November at 7.30pm in Barmulloch Community Centre, 46 Wallacewell Quadrant, Glasgow G21 3PX. In response to requests from Guiders we will be discussing the new GO system, and hopefully will be able to sort out any problems you may be experiencing with the system.

I look forward to seeing you all then.

All the best
Carolyn McGrath |

South East Division

Evenings are getting darker and the weather seems a lot fresher as we move from Autumn into Winter. Personally I would love to shut the door of an evening and hibernate but Guiding certainly keeps giving me opportunities to get out and about-3 special events happening this month.

Glasgow Celebrates : I would like to remind you our Annual Review is being held in the City Chambers, Glasgow on Wednesday 22nd November at 7.30pm. Come along and support all our award winners and speakers.

Rainbows 30th Party : Our Division Birthday Party is being held in Cathcart Church Halls on Wednesday 29th November, 6.30pm – 8.00pm. All Rainbow Leaders should have all required information. We would be pleased if you would like to join us and celebrate with some of our youngest members.

Our next Division event will be our Thanks and Recognition evening being held in The Haven at Cathcart Old Parish Church on Tuesday 5th December, 7.30pm – 9.00pm. If you haven’t already done so, please reply so we have an idea of numbers to cater for.

I look forward to catching up with you all at one or more of the events.

Ann |

South Division

I hope this message finds you all well and enjoying a great term with your girls. Guiding in South Division is growing – 502 girls last year, 560 when I checked yesterday and that has to be down to the wow experiences you are all giving the girls – so thank you !

I had the pleasure of visiting our Rainbow 30th Birthday party on Saturday and it was wonderful to see so many girls having a great time – a huge thanks to Ailsa and her team for all their meticulous planning.

Our Division Silent Disco is on 7th December in Newlands South Church. The Brownie Disco is full but we could still squeeze in some guides – its safe to come – the Seniors are planning the music – not me!

Finally congratulations to Tori Norton and Mick on the birth of their son, Redmond, on 31st October – both are doing well

Karen |

South West Division

Hi all,

Thanks to all who attended the training day last Saturday. It was a great event which covered information about the new program, ideas for bringing adventure into the unit, coping with challenging behaviour and making Guiding accessible, amongst many other things. We’ll cover the new program at a future division meeting but all the information is available on Girlguiding’s website so feel free to go in and have a look yourself in the meantime.

We’re planning on having a division camp next year, and are looking for volunteers to form a working group to organise it. Please let us know if you are interested.

The division meeting on Friday 1st December will be a social event. Details are still being confirmed so watch your emails and facebook for an update.

There are still lots of spaces for the BAE systems event – this is a wonderful opportunity for the girls and it would be a shame if we didn’t manage to fill the spaces. If anyone isn’t applying because their leaders can’t make it but feel their girls would enjoy it, or are struggling with transport, let us know and we can always make arrangements.


Lynn & Karen |

West Division

Nothing to report this month

North West Division

Nothing to report this month

Lindsay |

Commisioner’s Corner – Sept 17

Recently on arriving at Elmbank Street for a Girlguiding Glasgow meeting, I happened to hold the door open for a new member. What I noticed almost immediately was her smile and after engaging in conversation it became very apparent this was an eagerly awaited moment. This small little person was almost beside herself to try on her Rainbow uniform for the first time. The excitement was infectious and on asking her what she was looking forward to most about becoming a member she responded that was “getting a break from her mum” to which her mum responded “the feeling is mutual pet!!”. It did make me chuckle but clear example of the independence Girlguiding fosters in girls from a young age and it was an eureka moment that reminded me just why I am a member of our organisation. It is that time when our units welcome new members who are starting out in their Girlguiding adventure. Go our new system is now live and thanks must be extended to you all for your patience. With any new major development, there will be teething problems however the team at CHQ are all over it!

Summer is my most favourite months for Girlguiding. I spent a fabulous two weeks in the South of France with Guides and Senior Section. We had an action packed trip with the right balance of adventurous activity and sight-seeing. A personal highlight was paragliding which had been on my bucket list for a while. It was totally exhilarating being on the edge of a cliff and watching Guides and SS members fly across the gorge doing some tricks that would make your stomach flip! It was certainly a Girlguiding mountain top moment for all of us!!
I also managed to squeeze a flying visit to AJ International Jamboree at Auchengillan and also a visit to Airwaves International Camp which is delivered by Girlguiding Ayrshire North. Evelyn and I joined the camp for their opening ceremony. Both fabulous events bringing together members from around the globe to celebrate everything Girlguiding and Scouting have to offer.

A much more chilled out afternoon was spent with friends at our first Achachairdeis BBQ the weather was not as kind as it could have been however fun and friendship was shared by all those that attended. A very special thank you to the members of Girlguiding Glasgow’s Adventure team who made the event possible.

Next on the social calendar was our Thanks and Recognition event for Guide section leaders. I enjoyed joining you all to celebrate your contribution to our County over a cuppa and cake.

At the start of a new Girlguiding term, I hope you and your girls have lots of fun, friendship, and adventure!


Division Diaries – Sept 2017

North Division

I hope everyone enjoyed the summer break, is feeling refreshed and ready for the new session.

I know some units are really needing additional help and I am currently trying to sort this out.

Could I please highlight a couple of upcoming dates:-

Saturday 4th November – County leaders training in Renfield St Stephens Church. This will be an excellent training and will cover a number of topics including the new programme. The cost for this training will be £10.00. Could I remind everyone this can be claimed as a legitimate unit expense.

Wednesday 22 November. – Annual Review in the City Chambers.
Please note we are the duty division this year so we need volunteers to help.
Please contact your District Commissioner if you are available to help.

Dash to Denmark – April 2018

The Division are looking at the possibility of taking a group of guides to Denmark next year. We would participate in the wide game and see the sights.
At this point we need to know if we have enough guiders to staff such a trip.
If you are interested in hearing a bit more please contact me.

I am trying to book a date for a Division meeting but this is proving to be quite difficult. I shall be in touch with the date ASAP. Could I ask if there Is anything you would like covered at the Division meeting and I shall do my best to include it.

Lastly could I ask that anyone who does not have a PVG to contact me. There are still a few outstanding and these need to be completed.

Thank You

Ann Chapman |

East North East Division

Welcome back to our new session, hope everyone had a lovely summer and batteries are recharged😊

Can unit leaders please make sure they let us know which Rainbow Roundabout, badge or GFI you’d like for our “Bag a Badge” day on Saturday 18th November. More information will be sent out in the next couple of weeks.

There will be a Safe Space training on Thursday 2nd November in Shettleston New Church 6.15pm- 9.30pm, any leader who has not yet attended a Safe Space training and any Leaders in Training who have still to go along to one please contact me to confirm your attendance.

This is a wee while off but Division Camp has been booked for the weekend of 7th-9th September 2018.

Unfortunately Ann Taylor has had to step down as district commissioner for Tollcross/Bridgeton District. On behalf of the Division l’d like to thank Ann for everything she has done for the District and the Division.

l look forward to seeing you all at some point over the next couple of months

Senga |

North East

Welcome to a new session! I hope everyone has now received my email about the Division meeting on 19th September. Apologies for the delay – I had sent it twice previously but the emails did not get through. Not sure why but I think there is a problem with group emails on my laptop.

Anyway I hope to see most of you then, and if you could please return your questionnaires before the meeting that would be really useful.

I will be in touch with Guide leaders about the Dalguise weekend separately – the final cost is confirmed at £50 per head, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All Fund.

Best wises for the new session and see you on the 19th.

All the best
Carolyn McGrath |

South East Division

Welcome back, I hope everyone managed to get some time to relax and you are now full of energy and enthusiasm for the start of the new Guiding session.

Guiding didn’t stop completely over the summer months and I hope everyone who went to Tartan Gig, participated in an International adventure, adventure closer to home, attended Rise to the Challenge celebrations etc etc had a fantastic time.

If you were like me the first challenge I encountered was getting onto the new GO system. While frustrating at the start I am finding it very intuitive and when familiar I am positive that it will give us many benefits. If you have not yet registered, please do so and check that your personal data and your girls details are correct.

Our first Division meeting will be held on Monday 18th September at 8pm, in Croftfoot Church Hall. I hope to see you all there but it would be especially good if each unit could be represented as I would like to discuss what we would like to do in the coming year. Please encourage anyone working on or considering doing their Adult Leadership Qualification to attend, it can be started from aged 16, as this may help give them an insight into what opportunities are open to them. I would like us to focus on what the Division and Mentors can do to support Leaders in training, starting by asking them what they want from us.

If you have new volunteers started with your unit, please let me know so we can get them registered and the recruitment checks completed.

Hope to see you all on the 18th.
Ann |

South Division

I hope you all had a great summer break and are returning refreshed, looking forward to the challenges of a new year! Judging by the length of our ‘join us’ list guiding will be growing is South this year and I am delighted. I know there are teething problems as we all get used to the new GO but as a team I am sure we can support each other and I would be grateful if you can make sure all girls on your lists are contacted shortly – lets aim to have no one waiting for initial contact for more than 2 weeks! By the time you read this the new Guide Unit is Clincarthill should be up and running and plans well underway for another two within the Division.

All our accounts were completed by the start of the summer – thank you. You should have a signed copy back, so remember that if you are a registered charity OSCR will require a copy – if you have not done this yet it please do so now – and if you have any issues / don’t know how just ask. Those that registered last session should have a note when you log in saying accounts not required this year – but please check ( doing that will at least mean you have checked your login works and you can get in for next year when you will need to make a return).

I believe plans are well underway for our Division Rainbow party and I am hoping for an update at the meeting.

We have our silent disco booked for Thursday 7th December – you should have received the link to book tickets – there are still a few spaces left at the Brownie event and the Guide event has plenty of space ( although I will find out next week how many of mine want to go so that may change). Cost is £6

We are intending to have a Thinking Day event I the Division – the theme this year is ‘impact’ – anyone got any ideas? I am intending to arrange a ‘block booking’ for Ryze around that time too.

Our Division summer outing will be the Safari Park on Saturday 2nd June – further details will follow (much) nearer the time but for annual budgeting purposes the cost, including transport and badge, will be £20

Karen |

South West

Hello everyone and welcome back to another term! I hope you’ve all recharged your batteries and are motivated to start back at your units.

We will be having two Division meetings this term, plus a social event in early December. These meetings will be more focused on things that will help you, for example at our first one in September we’ll be looking at the new Join Us/GO! system. The one in November will focus on Christmas crafts, and we’ll be looking for volunteers to demonstrate a craft to give others some ideas. Please make every effort to attend. County updates will be sent out via email on a monthly basis.

Monday 18th September – Mosspark Parish Church, 7:30pm
Wednesday 1st November – tbc but likely Pollokshields Church, 7:30pm

There are a number of trainings coming up over the next few months so make sure to keep an eye on the Girlguiding Glasgow website and our Facebook page. We are looking to have a Divisional Leaders in Training event on the afternoon of Sunday 8th October, so please keep that date free if you are working on your leadership qualification.

Lastly, if you haven’t had your PVG completed yet we’ll be in touch shortly to sort that out. Remember you can’t go on a residential event with your unit unless this has been completed, and its taking a number of weeks to process before the certificate comes through so it’s important to get this done asap if you are hoping to plan any overnight trip.

Hope to see you all on the 18th.

Lynn & Karen |

North West Division

I hope you have all had a fantastic summer and are refreshed ready to start the next guiding year.

A number of our units have been away on residential experiences since the last newsletter I trust everyone has a great time! Well done to 263rd Guides who went camping for the first time in May.

We are currently in the early stages of planning a division camp for June 2018. If you are interested in helping out ( you don’t need to be a guide leader!) please let myself or Gillian Ritchie know.

Lindsay |

Division Diaries – April 2017

North Division

Now the lighter nights are upon us and we are venturing out of our meeting
Places please ensure that you let your District Commissioner know the details.
Have fun  and enjoy the outdoors!

I have managed to arrange a safe space training on Wednesday 24 May from
6.30 – 9.30 pm in Guide Headquarters, Elmbank Street, Glasgow.  This
training has been arranged for our Division so it would be great  to have a good
turnout.  All leaders are now being asked to complete this training  which
will be very  beneficial for all of us.  This training  provides us with an opportunity
to discuss safety, data protection, issues affecting young people and
much more.  please contact me at to book
a place.  Alternatively you can contact me on 07989 171383

Could you please get your completed accounts to your District Commissioner
as soon as possible.  If you need paper copies for your accounts they should be
with you very soon. As in previous years I am more than happy to meet with
anyone who needs a hand with their accounts after all two heads are often better
than one.  Please do not struggle with your accounts just ask for help.

In conclusion I would like to thank everyone who submitted their subscriptions
so promptly.  I know how difficult it can be to raise the subscription fees  and I
really appreciate the effort involved.

Ann Chapman |

East North East Division

Hope you all enjoyed a well earned Easter Break!

Thank you to everyone who came along to the last Division meeting and to Agnes Lafferty for doing a no cook/cooking session. It was also great to have some of our Trefoil girls join us

Please remember there will be a Leaders meeting on Tuesday 9th May in Causeway Church at 8pm for the units going to Blair Drummond, it is important that a leader from your unit attends.

Congratulations to Hannah Jenkins, Rebecca Hyslop, and Lauren Sinclair on gaining their Adult Leadership

A few leaders have been in touch with me about doing their Going Away licence, this is fantastic and l hope you have been in touch with Jane to organise mentors etc,  if their are any other leaders interested please contact me and l can put you in touch with the relevant people to help you.

Can you please make sure your unit accounts get to your District Commissioner on time i.e. the end of April…

Hope you all manage to some enjoy some of the outdoors over the next session

See you at Blair Drummond!

Senga |

South East Division

As we move into our last session before the summer break its good to hear of so many of you attending the County Events and getting out and about with your own special outdoor activities. All we need now is some sunshine.

March seemed to be the month of Trainings, Safe Space (largest attendance in County), First Response, and 7 of us joined other Guiders at the Regional Training Day.  Thanks to all who gave that extra few hours to ensure we are compliant and have fresh ideas to make our unit meetings more appealing. These trainings allowed quite a few requirements to be signed off for those working on their Adult Leadership Qualification, can we get a few more completed before the summer!!

Thank you for getting your Annual Subscriptions paid, by the time you read this all units will be showing as Paid in Full, fantastic.

Next challenge: Accounts should now be closed as at the end of March and brought to the Division Meeting.

Congratulation to Donna and Vinny Bryson on the safe arrival of Anna Emily on the 23rdMarch, looking forward to getting some cuddles from another future Rainbow.

The next Division Meeting will be held on Monday 24th April, Croftfoot Church, at 8pm. We hope to have each unit represented to discuss amongst other things, our end of term get together. Please bring your completed accounts along or contact me before hand to arrange collection if you cannot attend.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Ann |

South Division

I hope you are all enjoying the better weather and getting out and about with your units. it’s great to learn that so many of you are going to the upcoming county events and was also lovely to spend time with you at Dalguise.   There is still quite a bit of unclaimed lost property lying about so please make contact if anyone is missing anything.

Thank you for sending your subscription payments so quickly – at the time of typing only one outstanding.

Next up are the accounts which needs to be with your commissioner in time to be audited and sent electronically to HQ by 31st May

Finally i hope those of you who attended our division safe space training found it useful – remember everyone needs to complete this so please book on the next available one.

Jacqui will be on contact regarding organising an end of term meet up.

Karen |

West Division

Spring is finally here! It is lovely to see the sea of Yellow Daffodils sprawling up Great Western Road so beautiful to look at.

Well done in getting all Census Monies in – I can confirm they have now all been paid for the Division a big well done to you all.

It is that time of year now for the Annual Accounts to come in.  Once you have got them completed and you have your March Bank Statement can you put them through my door or myself or Emma will come and collect them from you.  We would like to have these done before the end of May.  If you are having difficulty with them then please let me know and I  will give you some help.

Our next Division Meeting will be on the 11th May in St Andrew’s.

Our Rainbow 30th Birthday Bash will be on Saturday 13th May from 2-4pm.  All Rainbows will receive an invitation to come and join us for what will be a fun afternoon.  We are looking for some help with the event if you can come then please let me know it will be appreciated.

Our Division Social Lunch will be on Sunday 11th June this will be held in BP Hall. The invitations will be out to you soon.  We thought that this would be a great place to have this rather than in a restaurant.  We have Caterers coming so if you could RSVP by the date given so we can confirm with them the number they will be catering for.  I hope you all enjoy this few weeks of the Spring holidays recharge your batteries in time for the last session.

Thanks for all you do for Guiding in the Division.


Fiona |

North West Division

I hope everyone is enjoying the break for the Easter holidays and is looking forward to starting the new term full of energy and new ideas.

Just a reminder that accounts are now due in so please pass these to Linda Boyle as soon as possible. If anyone has any issues with their accounts please speak to myself or Linda.

Well done to 263rd Guides who completed a 26min danceathon as part of the Mr Men and Little Miss Marathon challenge for Children with Cancer UK. So far they have managed to raise £800.

Congratulations to Amy Harkins (263rd Guides) and Stacey Muirhead (263rd Rainbows) on successfully completing their ALQ.

Lindsay |

Division Diaries – March 2017

North Division

Hope everyone enjoyed their thinking day celebrations.

Could I ask that if you have not send off your yearly subscriptions that you do
so now.  It would be nice if our division  could be showing as paid in full   If anyone
has a problem please speak to your District Commissioner.

Helping Hands are available from an experienced guider.  Janice Landels  (formerly
Of 207th) has offered to  help out to cover sickness, holidays etc.  if a unit is
short  of a guider then Janice may be able to help.  Janice is a fully qualified leader and  has offered to help out within our Division.  Janice can be contacted on

Safe Space Training
Everyone  is now being asked  to  attend a safe space training.  I am looking at the
possibility of arranging a midweek training  for our Division.   If you have not
attended a safe space training  please  try and attend.  I will  confirm a date as
soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone  for helping  run great units for our girls  Without volunteers
our Division would not  be where it is today

Have a good Easter break

Ann Chapman |

East North East Division

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Thinking Day with your units

We have 3 leaders in the Division who have completed their Leadership this month, congratulations to Aimee McNeilly,Heather Angus,and Caitlin Muir.

Congratulations to the 222nd Guide Company who celebrated their 85th Birthday last weekend with a party for past and present members followed by a service of Thanksgiving on the Sunday.

Cathleen has the final numbers now for Blair Drummond and l am delighted to say we are taking almost 300 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, with 40 Guides sleeping over 🙂

By now you should have collected in your units subscription for the year and hopefully be in a position to send your cheque away with your invoice, any unit not in this position please contact me. If you require a Division cheque please arrange to get your money to me along with your invoice and l will arrange for the cheque to sent.

Our next Division meeting will be on Thursday 23rd March in St Pauls, starting at 8pm. This will be a no cook, cooking/baking night with lots of ideas to take back to your unit, we have arranged for Agnes Lafferty to come along so l’d appreciate your support as usual. Can Leaders in Training bring their books along and l can see what we can do to help get you signed off.

Everyones favourite time of year is fast approaching again, yep accounts will be due to be closed off at the end of March, this should be an easier job for us all this year but again any issues please let me know so we can help, l don’t want any leader getting bogged under with them.
Please remember if you are taking your girls out with the unit meeting place to let your District Commissioner know and remember your emergency contact

Look forward to seeing you all at the Division meeting

Senga |

North East Division

Thanks to everyone who attended the Division Meeting on 1st February – it was good to see some new faces. Notes from the meeting will be emailed out later this week – it would have been sooner but I am having technology issues at the moment!

Next month, instead of a business meeting we will be having a Division night out on Saturday 11th March. We are planning to go for a meal, and the most popular suggestion for a venue was the Nakodar Grill in Annfield Place, just off Duke Street in Dennistoun. If you could please let me know as soon as possible whether or not you can come along, I will book a table and send round more information.

Can I remind District Commissioners and those working on the Adult Leadership Qualification to sign up for the Regional Training Day on 18th March if you can, and wish all those going to the Thinking Day event on 18th February a wonderful time.

Meantime I hope to see some of you at the Safe Space training on 11th February.

All the best

Carolyn McGrath |

South East Division

Thanks to all who attended our Februarys Division Meeting, must be a record attendance. It was a busy meeting with lots of healthy discussion.

I hope you all had great Thinking Day Celebrations whether you participated in the County one or whether you celebrated locally. Thanks to everyone who helped deliver the County event. It was great to see so many of our young members wearing their uniform to school with pride and eager anticipation to tell anyone who listened what Guiding was all about, what a fantastic PR opportunity.

Thank you for getting your Go records up to date and hopefully we can all get our Annual Subscriptions paid in good time. Anyone having difficulty in printing off their invoice, let me know and I will do it for you.


  • Monday 13th March – Safe Space Training will take place on in Croftfoot Church hall, 6.15 for a 6.30pm start. Uniform to be worn, Tea and Coffee provided.
  • Monday 20th March – Meeting for Rainbow Guiders to discuss our Rainbows 30th Birthday event
  • End of March – Accounts should be closed and brought to the April Division Meeting (TBC week beginning 24th April.)
  • County Events for Rainbows, Brownies Guides and Trainings for Leaders are all available to book via the website.

I look forward to seeing you all at the various trainings

Ann |

South Division

I hope you are all well and starting to enjoy the lighter nights.

The main focus of my attention at present is our trip to Dalguise on 17th March.  Coaches have now been organised and we will have two leaving from Merrylee Road and two from Moss-side Road.   Hopefully by the time you read this you will have been given details of which bus number you are on.  All of the coaches are almost full so it is important that your girls are on the correct one!  Lanyards giving the girls details of their accommodation/ activity group etc will be distributed on the coaches which should ease the chaos on arrival!

Those of you intending to go to the Safari Park/Heads of Ayr/ Five Sisters should let us know your final numbers no later than the closing date on the website so that we can organise the coaches.

Jacqui emailed out asking if people wanted us to organise a local safe from harm training – while we have had a few responses there is not so far enough to do this – if you would be interested ( remembering everyone has to do this training) please respond so that we can approach trainers.

Karen |

South West Division

Thanks to everyone who attended the February Meeting which included a very informative session from Gemma Murray on Risk Assessment.  Feedback on the session would be very welcome.

Next month’s meeting will take place on Monday 20th March in Guide Headquarters.  This will be a “tech session” so if you need help with Join Us, Go, Facebook, accounts or accessing the web please come along.

Congratulation to Rene Scott who received her 30 year service award.  Now that’s commitment!  Congratulations also go to Rebecca Shearer of the 292nd Co. for achieving her Chief Guide Challenge. Rebecca joins Chelsey Brown and Gemma McArthur who received their Chief Guide Challenge at the AGM in November.

Reminder time! – Census payments to be made in full by 13 April.  Accounts will be hot on our heels following this so please make sure you are prepared.

Karen & Lynn |

West Division

Well I cannot believe that we are now into March!

Thanks to those who have handed in their Annual Census as I write this we have more than half of the division monies received which is fantastic.

As we all know hot on the heals of the Annual Census is the Annual Accounts. Emma and I will be happy  to take these from the beginning of May we would like to  have the accounts all completed by the end of May.  This will allow you to obtain your April Bank Statement.  If you are having any difficulty with them please let me know.  Remember if you are registered with OSCR to print a second copy.

Thanks to Heather and her crew for bringing together our Division Thinking Day Event the girls all enjoyed it.

Remember to check the County Eventbrite for up and coming County Events.

March is a busy month for Weddings within our Division on behalf of the Division we would like to wish Jennifer & Donald and Lauren & Scott all the best for their up and coming Weddings.

No Division meeting this month the next one will be in May.

Have a great month.

Fiona |

North West Division

By the time you read this newsletter census invoices will be live. Could everyone please ensure that this payment is paid promptly.

Please remember  to let me know numbers of girls and leaders attending county events this summer by the end of March so that we can get division transport organised.

Congratulations to the girls from 15th Brownie pack who gained their hostess badge while undertaking a fundraising social. The girls managed to raise £240 during this event.

Our next division meeting will be held in Jordanhill Church on Monday 20th March.

Lindsay |

Commissioner’s Chat – March 2017

Since I last wrote my blog we have celebrated World Thinking Day and this year the WAGGGS theme was growing! We celebrated with our County Thinking Day with Rainbows, Brownies and Guides participating in garden and cooking workshops, visit to the Gurdwara and then a dance session learning the Sangam dance ‘We Shine’. Girlguiding Scotland encouraged members to share their promise selfie and it was wonderful to see so many Girlguiding Glasgow members sharing their pictures on twitter. I hope all your celebrations in your units went well.

The Outdoor and Indoor Teams have been exceptionally busy down at Achachairdeis (Girlguiding Glasgow’s outdoor and indoor properties) undertaking various tasks keeping on top of the ongoing maintenance. It is not an easy job managing our fantastic site when we are all busy women. A #TeamGlasgow effort is certainly required to share the workload. Thank you to all our members who gave feedback and suggestions to the recent draft paper regarding the pricing structure of our facilities. I think we all recognise that to ensure our facilities remain compliant and fit for purpose we must ensure we invest in the site to ensure it meets the needs of our members today and in the future. Investing in our property is one aspect of the team’s remit but also training and developing our volunteers. Adult members working towards their ‘Going Away With’ qualification participated in an overnight training at the campsite last weekend learning various skills and picking up hints and tips for taking youth members away on residentials. Adventure is a key element to the Girlguiding programme, therefore, it is wonderful that Girlguiding Glasgow is gaining more people within the County who can offer youth members this opportunity.

There is a real theme of training this term as we look forward to our Regional training event at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday 18th March for those new volunteers working on their adult leadership and Commissioners. Volunteering with Girlguiding offers many opportunities for girls and adults alike but it is vital that volunteers take time out to keep up to date with current Guiding best practice and programme to ensure we are striving to #BeOurBest and offer our members a high-quality balanced Guiding programme at all times. For those more experienced leaders training will be held on Saturday 22nd April, a fabulous programme is being developed with our Glasgow Training team and we are privileged that ex-chief Guide Liz Burnley will be the key speaker at the event. More information about the event and bookings can be made on our website.

February Division Diaries

North Division

No news this month

East North East Division

No news this month

North East Division

Thanks to everyone who attended the Division Meeting on 1st February – it was good to see some new faces. Notes from the meeting will be emailed out later this week – it would have been sooner but I am having technology issues at the moment!

Next month, instead of a business meeting we will be having a Division night out on Saturday 11th March. We are planning to go for a meal, and the most popular suggestion for a venue was the Nakodar Grill in Annfield Place, just off Duke Street in Dennistoun. If you could please let me know as soon as possible whether or not you can come along, I will book a table and send round more information.

Can I remind District Commissioners and those working on the Adult Leadership Qualification to sign up for the Regional Training Day on 18th March if you can, and wish all those going to the Thinking Day event on 18th February a wonderful time.

Meantime I hope to see some of you at the Safe Space training on 11th February.

All the best

Carolyn McGrath |

South East Division

Happy Thinking Day!

Could I remind everyone to please check their subscription invoices as changes will not be permitted to GO records after noon on the 7th March. Invoices will be available for downloading and paying from the 9th March. Please do not worry if you are unsure how to make necessary changes just give me a call and we will get it sorted.

Did you have a Guiders warrant recorded on GO? if so as part of a data cleansing exercise you will have been allocated the LQ modules 1-3/4. Can all guiders therefore please check their qualifications and advise me of any corrections/omissions.

Our next Division Meeting will be held on Monday 20th February, in Croftfoot Church Halls at 8.00pm. It would be useful if each unit can be represented as we have quite a full agenda.

Enjoy your Thinking Day Celebrations and remember to post some pictures on our Division Facebook Page so we can all see what you are doing and share in the fun. If you are attending the County Celebration on Saturday 18th February, I hope to see you there.

Ann |

South Division

No news this month

South West Division

No News this month

West Division

Just a wee reminder to get census money into the Division by 28th February to allow me to bank it and send off our payment on time.

Our Division Meeting is on Tuesday 14th February in Drumchapel St Andrews.

For all County up and coming Events please see the Glasgow Website.

We are planning on having a Division Social at the beginning of June. We are looking to book BP Hall and get caters in. We were thinking of a lunch and it will be on a Sunday. If you would like to attend please let me know.

Reminder annual accounts will be due for end March 2017. I will look to take them from the beginning of May. If you are having trouble with them please let me know and I will give you a hand.

Have a good month!

Fiona |

North West Division

No News this month

Division Diaries – Jan 2017

East North East

Hope you all had lovely Christmas and Peaceful New Year and are now recharged for the new session.

There are still spaces on our Division Safe Space training on Thursday 26th January in Shettleston New Church, 6.20pm for prompt 6.30pm start. Please let me know if you wish to attend, all leaders have to complete Safe Space training.

Division trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park, please remember to send your units form and numbers to Cathleen Mair by 30th Jan, any problems with this date please contact Cathleen or myself.

There will be a Division meeting end of Feb/ start of March date and venue to be confirmed.

Any one having any issues with Join Us or Go please contact me.

Lesley-Ann, Matthew and l would like to thank everyone in ENE Division for all the kind messages, flowers, love and support shown to us over the past couple of months, its very much appreciated


North East

I hope everyone had a good break over Christmas and New Year and you are all raring to go for 2017! The next Division Meeting will be on Wednesday 1st February at 7.30pm at Carntyne Church Hall.

If you have any questions about the Unit Accounts package please bring your accounts along and we will have a look at them and try to solve any problems.

Very few people responded about Safe Space, so we did not have enough for a Division training, but there is a Safe Space training on Saturday 11February at 10am in Elmbank Street and I would encourage you to sign up for that if you have not already done the course. You can sign up at the Girlguiding Glasgow website here

I hope to see you on 1st February but if you can’t make it please let me know and I will make sure you get notes after the meeting.

All the best

Carolyn McGrath

South East

Happy New Year I hope everyone had a great time over the festive period and are all refreshed for the new session ahead. Let’s hope that 2017 gives us all the time and health to achieve what we want to both personally and in Guiding.

As I write this I am just back from spending a fabulous, planning weekend with the Glasgow County Team on how we can take our county forward, deliver wow events and support you and your units in this coming year and beyond. Thanks to the other South East Members Kirstyn, Jade, Aimee and Anna and of course Jill who joined me, I am sure your To-Do Lists have also grown.

Could all unit leaders ensure that their girls details are accurate & complete.and check that their own details are correct? Please let me know of any required role changes to adult records.

The first county event for 2017 is our Thinking Day Celebrations on 18th February, please see the website for more details on how to apply.  As it is ‘on our doorstep’ I hope to see many of you there.

I am still working on arranging a Safe Space Training and a First Response Refresher Training within the division, however if you are working on your Adult Leadership Qualification can I encourage you to consider the county organised ones.

Happy Guiding



I hope you all had a great break over the festive period and 2017 proves to be kind to you.

Our Division Meeting is taking place in Queens Park Church on Tuesday 24th January 2017.  Rachael Ryan ( Newlands District Senior Section) will be doing a presentation on Peer Education – please come along and support her.

The arrangements for our Division Trip to Dalguise are well under way and further details will be issued in the coming weeks.   In the meantime I can confirm that the parents night will take place on Thursday 23rd February at 7.30pm in Clincarthill Church

There are a number of county events coming up – details should be in the newsletter and the website.  It would be god to know how many units are considering he Rainbow and Brownie Trips so we can investigate the possibility of buses – please let Shona know.

Finally as many of you know, Maria Giergel is leaving the Rainbows and Guides in Newlands and moving to Denmark next month – I am sure you will join us in wishing her well


South West

Hello everyone, and welcome back after the festive break!

The first division meeting of 2017 will be held on Wednesday 25th January at Pollokshields Church of Scotland.  We’ll start at 7:30pm and while a proper agenda will come out next week the main thing we’ll cover is sorting out what we want to do at the rest of the division meetings this year. We are keen that they are not just about us giving a download from the county meeting, but are opportunities to connect with other Guiders in the division, learn new skills and refresh old ones. We’ll also be going over our wider plan for the year and talking about some of the changes coming up including the launch of a new program.

Census time is fast approaching and trial invoices will be available from the 24th January. Please make sure your GO! records are up to date and let us know if you need any changes to your unit team or general support with this. Accounts will follow close behind so now is the time to get on top of your admin if you aren’t already.

Happy Guiding!

Lynn and Karen


Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed your break over the Festive Period and are now re charged to begin the new session ahead. A wee reminder that Annual Census will soon be due £35.00. Can you please check your GO and remove any girls who have not attended your unit for a while as I would not like for you to pay for them if they are not attending. There will be no Division Meeting this month our next meeting will be on Tuesday 14 February (Apologies I know it is Valentines Day). Please see email which was sent out early January which has a lot of information in it. If you are unable to make the Division Meeting then please let me know. Have a good January.


North West

Happy New year! I hope you all had a peaceful time over the holidays and have recharged ready for the next guiding session.
It was great hearing all the trips to the panto, carol singing and other adventures our units were having in the run up to Christmas.
Please note that the trial invoices for this years subscriptions are available from 24th January. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you require me to make any changes.
Unit accounts are due in to HQ by 31st May so please ensure these are completed in a timely manner to ensure that we meet this  deadline.
If anyone has any problems with the accounts process please speak to myself or Linda Boyle.

Finally, congratulations to Jane Kemp of 263rd Rainbows on completion of her ALQ.



I hope everyone enjoyed the break at Christmas.

I would like to say thanks to everyone to filled a shoebox for the Simon community. To Date 30 boxes have been donated and these will certainly help keep some people and cosy during the cold Weather. Well done Lauren for all your hard work. There Is still time if your unit would like to participate.

Could i ask everyone to check their records on GO. Please Ensure qualifications are all Entered. If any changes are required please notify your District Commissioner.

Happy World Thinking Day.


Commissioner’s Corner – Jan 2017

The County is really back up and running after the Christmas and New Year break with the diary starting to fill up with lots of exciting activities.

Our County Team has just returned from our 2017 Planning weekend where, as described by one Commissioner, ‘we worked hard and played hard!!’ Those who attended the weekend are all volunteers just like you and me; they are busy running units but also have taken on the extra challenge of giving something back to all members of Girlguiding Glasgow. Without these women, #TeamGlasgow would be at a loss and the County would grind to a halt as much of the work they do is behind the scenes supporting and leading county projects and providing daily management oversight. I therefore wanted to take a moment to thank the County Team for all that they continue to deliver.

We have identified a few roles where we are looking for some extra support and knowledge to join the County team. Information regarding the roles will be posted on our website shortly so why not have a look and add a new challenge to your 2017!!

Membership Systems Upgrade

Our last Girlguiding newsletter announced that Go! and Join Us will be merging this summer, therefore to ensure that Glasgow is ready we are encouraged to undertake a spring clean of all the data we hold on the system. We know there can be a lot to consider when tidying up data on Go!, such as making sure your unit’s email address is up to date along with meeting place, and making sure all volunteers and girls’ contact details are accurate. So please make use of the Data Cleanse Checklist to make sure you don’t miss any important bits when giving your data a New Year clean!

2017 Subscriptions

If you haven’t noticed already our subscriptions dates for 2017 have changed. Key dates to be aware of are:

  • Trial Invoice are available for each unit to view – Friday 24th January 2017

  • No more changes can be made to your unit invoice – 12 noon Tuesday 7th March 2017

  • Invoice available for payment – Thursday 9th March 2017

  • Invoice must read ‘paid’ on the system by – Thursday 13th April 2017

For more information on how your membership subscription supports Girlguiding at all levels, please refer to what-our-subscriptions-does-for-us for more information.