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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.

November Division Update

Northern Division

Our tea party is on Sunday 4th December in Guide Headquarters. We need
some girls to entertain the ladies so please try and encourage your girls
to participate. We also require leaders to help on the day. It is usually a
nice afternoon so please contact me if you can help. The tea party is from 2.00
to 4.00 pm.

Lauren Jenkins is overseeing our Division input for the service project i.e. shoe boxes
for Glasgow City Mission and the Simon Community. Lauren will be in touch with
unit guiders to offer her support.

Anne Chapman

North East Division

A big thank you to everyone who helped organise and run the Halloween Hoolie for our Brownies and Guides. I hear all the girls had a great time! If anyone has photos or video please email them to me – it would be great to see them.
There is no Division Meeting scheduled for November or December, but I am planning to arrange a Safe Space training for the Division early in the New Year. If you have not yet done Safe Space training, please email me and let me know so that I have an idea of numbers as soon as possible.
The Annual  Review will take place at the City Chambers on 22nd November. You can sign up on the Girlguiding Glasgow website through Eventbrite and it would be good to have a decent representation from North East Division.
We are still missing some bank account details from some units – if you are one please email me or Elaine as soon as you can. Thanks.
As always it would be good to know if you have plans for anything special for Christmas – hope all goes well.

Carolyn McGrath

East North East Division

Its been great to see so many of you have taking advantage of the Division Safe Space trainings and First Response Refreshers over the past couple of month. We have another Safe Space Training on Thursday 26th Jan 2017 in Shettleston New Church, this is open to all leaders.Uniform to be worn. Please remember even if you have been to a previous Safe Space training run by Anne Carmichael you must attend the update version. Contact me if you are able to come along.
Thank you to Anne Kelly for coming along to our last Division meeting and holding a craft night, its always very much appreciated.
Thank you to Maureen Glen who has been tidying up Join Us for the Division. Maureen will be in touch with District Commissioner to speak to any units who have outstanding girls on Join Us so please support Maureen and get your units Join Us/GO up to date.
Plans are well under way for our Division trip to the Safari Park and Cathleen will be in touch with parents letters and consent forms etc
With Christmas approaching and unit outings being planned please remember to notify your District Commissioner if you are going on a trip and remember your home contact please.
Remember our Annual Review is on Tuesday 22nd November and l hope to catch up with lots of you then


South East Division

 I didn’t have anything to say last month so didn’t include a Division specific message. It was encouraging a few of you contacted me to ask where it was, so here goes for this month’s ramblings.

As part of a review of the Division,  the County team will be looking at our Joinus & Go records so can you please ensure these are kept up to date. I would ask that all units record the maximum number of girls the unit feels they can accommodate considering hall space, adult to girls ratios, care for the individual etc. Thanks.for your ongoing support.

It is that time of year where as a Division we get together to look back and celebrate  what we have achieved, look towards the future and just have the opportunity to sit down with some coffee and cake to chat with friends.  I do hope you are available to join me for our annual Thanks and Recognition evening on Tuesday 29th November at 7.30pm in The Haven at Cathcart Old Parish Church. To aid with catering it would be helpful if you could confirm your attendance (or not) via email or on our Division Facebook page.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on the 29th.


South West Division

Thanks to all who attended the Division Safe Space training last month. Feedback has been positive and it was great to get so many people through this at the same time. Special thanks to Libby and Alison for arranging alternate accommodation at the last minute!!!

Our next Division meeting is Monday 28th November, where Gemma will be covering Risk Assessments and we will be giving updates on all upcoming events. Our social event will be on Friday 9th December, we are still looking at options for this so all suggestions are welcome.

South West will be stewarding at the Annual Review this year, which is being held at Glasgow City Chambers on Tuesday November 22nd. If you are able to lend a hand please let us know asap. It would be lovely to have some Senior Section involved in this too, as it’s a good way of highlighting the opportunities Girlguiding provides.

Karen & Lynn

West Division

I hope that you and your girls all had great fun at your Halloween Parties.  Winter has definitely arrived with the brisk mornings and dark evenings.    Just a wee reminder that the County is undertaking a Service Project over the next month.    The County is supporting Glasgow City Mission, they are looking for us to either fill a couple of shoe boxes or a bag a list will be provided by county detailing eligible items to be included e.g. toiletries (men and women), mini jams, nutella etc.  We are still waiting on this to come to us to advise what they would be looking for.

Our next Division Meeting will take place on Thursday 17th November at 7.45 pm in Drumchapel St Andrew’s Church I hope to see you there.   Please let me know if you are unable to make it.  I had hoped to have got Ann along to do some spring Crafts I will look to try and get this organised for January.  I was thinking of some Mother’s Day and Easter Crafts.  If you wish something different then please let me know always open to suggestions.

I am looking for someone to undertake the organisation of the Division Social Night to be held at the end of January please let me know if you wish to do this.  All suggestions and Ideas are all welcome

Have a good  rest of November!


North West Division

Over the last few weeks I have been to visit a few units and it has been great to meet so many of you. Hopefully I will get to meet the rest of you in the coming weeks.

Just a reminder to ensure that Go records are up to date and that unit capacity has been entered on to Go- thanks to the units that have already completed this.

It would be great to have as many leaders in training as possible complete their books this year. The book can be completed in 6 months to a year and there are a number of trainings coming up that can help with completion. If anyone has any problems completing the book please speak to your mentor or myself.

Well done to 15th Brownie pack who held a sponsored sports night. They all had a great time and I am sure they will let us know when they confirm the final total!

Finally I hope the units that are going away on indoor holidays in the next few weeks have a fantastic time & those that have recently been away had a great time too.


Jill’s November Update

Wow, it is non-stop being a volunteer with Girlguiding Glasgow. I have had such a lovely month since I last wrote my blog and have attended lots of events!

First up was a day of blue sky thinking with our indoor and outdoor team down at ato give some serious thought to the direction the campsite should take over the next five years. The team were full of ideas and we had lots of discussion about how we can ensure we remain as one of the leading Scottish Girlguiding campsites. We were incredibly thankful for our skilful facilitator Susan Waugh from West Lothian County as we could have gone on discussing for hours once we were in the zone, however, Susan careful extracted the important points and brought the session to a close on time – which was no mean feat!

Next up was a get together of our District and Division Commissioners and we were delighted that Julie Christie, funding officer joined us for a very thought provoking session on grants and funding which certainly opened our eyes to the external funding streams available to support the activity we deliver in our units. We also had a Health and Safety officer join us to keep us up to speed on best practice for Risk Assessments; therefore, there was lots of valuable information to assist us in our roles as Commissioners.

Next up was a visit to the Glasgow Trefoil Guild Quiz which I have got to admit I was no great asset to the team I was part of. The rounds were incredibly challenging and I definitely learned a lot that I can hopefully use again the next time I am taking part in my local pub quiz! It was a most enjoyable evening and it was lovely having the time to catch up with the Trefoil members over a cup of tea.

My next flying visit was to our Girlguiding Glasgow BP weekend which for many of our Guides is one of the final elements to completing this award. It was lovely to chat with such enthusiastic Guides and hear about all the activities they have taken part in whilst completing the award. Many thanks go to our BP Coordinators Annie and Rachel and the leadership team who made the weekend possible. A reminder for Guide leaders to register Guides currently working on the award to allow the BP team to provide suitable and timely opportunities going forward.

Congratulations must also be given to; Janette Blakeway, Ina Leslie, May Madden, Linda Morton, Maureen Reid and Margaret Griffith from our County who were invited to attend the Girlguiding Thanks and Recognition Service at Westminster Abbey for the exceptional and dedicated service they have given to Guiding. On behalf of the County – Thank you and we sincerely hope you enjoyed the day!!

Thank you also is extended to members of Girlguiding Glasgow North East Division for representing the County at Glasgow’s Remembrance Sunday service in George Square.
As I sit and write my latest blog entry, I have just returned from the UK County Commissioner’s Conference in London and whilst I am tired and a bit overwhelmed, it was an inspiring weekend that firmly reminds me why I love volunteering with Girlguiding. I was given a brief update on the new programme developments which are being introduced for all sections; therefore, I do want to remind you that this month’s issue of the Guiding magazine is definitely worth a read as it contains key information regarding the exciting programme roll out.
I look forward to meeting you all at Girlguiding Glasgow Celebrates being held in Glasgow City Chambers on Tuesday 22nd November where we will have the opportunity to celebrate the success of our youth members and review what has been a fabulous year of Girlguiding Glasgow. To attend, please register here.

Jill Elborn | County Commisioner