Welcome from our
Another year has passed in the life of our City and Girlguiding Glasgow. Another year of fun, friendship and adventure for the youngest to the oldest in our organisation, within a safe and healthy environment. Another year with much to celebrate in Girlguiding Glasgow.
Girlguiding really is a magnificent organisation for making lifelong friendships, maintained through our values and our many achievements, in developing girls and young women and helping them to make their way in the world.
Girlguiding challenges us to explore what makes us the people we are and who we will become as we make our way in life. It makes us think of how our surroundings and beliefs influence who we are, and how they affect our day to day lives.
There is a widespread choice of what is important to girls and young women, it could be politics, religion, music, Girlguiding, baking, sport, education, human rights and of course the growing concern about climate change which is motivating so many young people to take action to protect the world and their future.
Girlguiding is at the heart of supporting girls in expressing their views. We do indeed ‘Give Girls a Voice’ and this develops confidence and resilience in girls as they meet the challenges of today’s essential life skills.
This last year has been busy for leaders implementing our new Guiding Programme for all age groups. A vibrant, modern, flexible, dynamic programme of activities and achievements. Badges for topics which are relevant for the girls and young women of today. This is a hugely exciting time for our members and supporters, with the programme now fully implemented, our highly motivated leaders are now well placed to generate even more opportunities for girls and young women.
Our International activities are vital to us. With 10 million members worldwide, there are so many opportunities that our girls and young women can experience. Extending the ‘Hand of Friendship’ across the world leads to understanding and tolerance of other cultures, and advocacy for those who cannot speak for themselves.
In this Annual Report you will find many examples of highlights of the Girlguiding year. Events where girls and young women enjoy the company of their peer group. In a world where so many children do not have such opportunities, we should be thankful that our City and our Country promotes Girlguiding, for the benefit of our youngsters.
Girlguiding is only possible because of our volunteers. Our qualified adult leaders and helpers who, week in week out, deliver an exciting programme of activities throughout Glasgow. They look for no reward, other than seeing girls and young women develop in confidence and gain new skills. It is so important that we appreciate and value the contribution that these leaders make to our organisation.
I congratulate everyone involved in Girlguiding Glasgow throughout this magnificent City of ours, and look forward to our organisation reaching more girls and growing in numbers throughout the year.
“Girlguiding challenges us to explore what makes us the people we are and who we will become as we make our way in life. It makes us think of how our surroundings and beliefs influence who we are, and how they affect our day to day lives.”Morag Liddell, County President
Report from our
As I approach the end of my fourth year as County Commissioner, I am delighted to report that Girlguiding Glasgow’s ambitious five year County plan is now well underway. I am happy to say we have delivered on many of our goals and I am quietly confident, with the very focused and motivated County team around me, that we are striving to make every effort to achieve our 2020 vision.
This year we have invested significant energy in reviewing our County structure in line with reviewing our County constitution. This has been an enormous piece of work which has involved many hours of research, consultation and analysis at every level of the County. Change is always a challenge however it is something that Girlguiding does exceptionally well. I am confident the new four-division structure will ensure Girlguiding Glasgow is fit for purpose moving forward and utilises volunteer’s time and commitment in the best possible way, allowing adult members to support each other and deliver quality Girlguiding across the city for every member. Another project which has had a significant impact on our work this year is reviewing our requirements for our Headquarters in Elmbank Street. This has been at times a challenging project as many of us are significantly invested in our property and, whilst the building has served us exceptionally well, it is recognised for numerous reasons that it no longer naturally complements the work of Girlguiding Glasgow and we are currently endeavouring to sell the building. This presents an exciting opportunity for the County to plan our future. This is all happening whilst we implement the updated Girlguiding programme and our volunteers are upskilling to deliver the programme successfully with our 171 units across the city.
It is with great pleasure that I share our Annual Report with you for session 2018/19. Without a doubt, it conveys only a small snippet of the fun and friendship which our members share on a weekly basis in units across the city. Looking back at our year, I am astounded by the opportunities and adventures which Girlguiding Glasgow has provided members. Every year our volunteers and supporters go above and beyond to give girls and young women amazing opportunities and experiences. Girlguiding Glasgow truly has had a global theme with an incredible amount of members drifting out of their comfort zone and travelling with Girlguiding. International experiences underpin Girlguiding and I am delighted that our County’s sense of adventure is increasing year on year with members participating in unit and County internationals along with INTOPS and GOLD adventures.
My role affords me the opportunity to see Girlguiding at every level and I am always extremely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our members and the commitment and passion of the adult volunteers who deliver an exciting and dynamic weekly programme. Our volunteers are outstanding role models for our girls and young women and I am truly grateful for their continuous support and the endless hours they donate. Without their commitment we could not make the impact which we do to young people’s lives and the communities within which we work.
Girlguiding Glasgow has a rich history
of Girlguiding and was at the forefront
of Guiding starting in Scotland in 1909.
Our County however was officially formed in 1920 therefore 2020 is a significant milestone in our history. It is an opportunity to reflect and have gratitude for the women who went before us and laid such strong foundations for our County to flourish.
At the heart of the organisation is our purpose to support the development and resilience of girls and young women. Girlguiding Glasgow is defined by teamwork and a strong network of women who collectively strive to support each other in all aspects of life and in 2020 we are looking forward to celebrating 100 years of our County and hope many more young people and adults will be encouraged to start their own Girlguiding adventure with us.
I would like to take the opportunity to express my thanks to my fellow trustees, the Girlguiding Glasgow Executive team, who diligently carry out their roles ensuring our County operates in the most effective and efficient way. At times this year, this has been exceptionally challenging as it is an immense responsibility holding such roles however the team has collaborated and remained focused on our County’s purpose and undertaken these roles with great integrity.
As I enter my fifth and final year as your County Commissioner, I am prouder than ever to belong to Girlguiding Glasgow and be part of a County that is bold, brave and passionate about being focused on delivering Girlguiding ForEveryGirl. The year ahead I relish as we will celebrate our rich history and have a promising future for us all to build towards. We will Go on more adventures, Grow as a County and Give more to the communities where we thrive.
Once again, thank you to everyone involved in Girlguiding in Glasgow for everything that you do for our County. It is the greatest honour to lead #TeamGlasgow and I look forward to meeting even more members and sharing excellent Girlguiding experiences with you throughout 2020.
Yours in Girlguiding
STEM / Brownies
Girlguiding Glasgow Brownies had the opportunity to join together at the City of Glasgow College for a workshop delivered in partnership with BAE System focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges inspired by the Clever Cogs badge produced by Girlguiding North West Region, England and three, young female engineers at BAE Systems. Activities of the day included Balloon Towers to replicate the Burj Khalifa, Earthquake proof buildings made of spaghetti and marshmallows, a mechanical hand made of straws, string and cardboard, competition to fire your rocket as far as it would go, finding out how our personalities would match to STEM jobs and lots more fun STEM activities.
Kelburn – Rainbow & Brownies
Over 300 Rainbows and Brownies from across the County descended on Kelburn Country Park to take part in James and the Giant Peach themed activities. We helped James hunt for the giant peach in the Dream Forest where we found the Gingerbread house. Thankfully no Rainbows or Brownies were lost in the crocodile swamp when we tried to find the BFG! We made Frobscottle, took part in the Duck Race, followed clues for orienteering in the great glen and made toasted marshmallows.
Afternoon Tea – TG/FoGGGla
Ladies from the County’s Trefoil Guilds and FoGGGla (Friends of Girlguiding Glasgow) enjoyed a lovely Afternoon Tea at our campsite at Gartocharn. The weather was kind to us and we were able to enjoy the campsite looking at its best. It was an afternoon to catch up with old friends, meet new ones to reminisce about guiding memories and hear of developments within the County from Denise Spence, CEO of Girlguiding Scotland.
County Camp - Guides
Girlguiding Glasgow & Beyond was the theme of the County camp. An out of this world experience in which over 400 Guides, Rangers and Leaders took part in a variety of activities including a silent disco which could be heard from Outer Space! Main activities included designing cosmic space bags, making bath salts, visiting a Planetarium and learning about space, the planets and stars, an inflatable assault courses and water zorbing, campfire cooking, hot tubs, mindfulness and yoga and activities with the Royal Navy and RAF. Leaders were able to participate in these activities and leadership related activities as well as having their own Cosmic café to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We were very spoiled when Afternoon tea was served.
Charnwood – Guides/Rangers
Charnwood hosted 5,000 Scouts and Guides from all over the world and Girlguiding Glasgow was represented with 14 girls and leaders. The camp was themed around Energy with each Sub camp representing a different aspect from light to speed, water to heat and even sound. Activities ranged from crafts, climbing, archery and water sports, mountain biking and STEM activities as well as a Charnwood’s Got Talent competition, an onsite cinema and a main stage with live acts.
Peer Education – Rangers
Girlguiding Glasgow Rangers participated in a Peer Education Residential Training weekend delivered by Girlguiding Scotland Trainers. This weekend allowed Rangers to complete several training modules to qualify as a Peer Educator. Peer Educators work with members in all sections by leading sessions on various subjects including healthy relationships, youth health and body confidence.
Girlguiding Glasgow is passionate about ensuring Girlguiding is available to all.
Our Welcome meeting process for new volunteers ensures new adult members are placed in a Unit quicker and are supported by a member of the Division team. Induction sessions are held after the Welcome meetings and give our new volunteers a better understanding of our organisation. This ensures we have enough volunteers to provide high quality guiding to all girls who wish to join.
Girlguiding Glasgow is incredibly
grateful to have over 900 dedicated volunteers providing opportunities
both here and overseas.
- Six Welcome Meetings
– 64 volunteers attended
- Six Induction Meetings
– delivered to 42 volunteers
- 38 adult leadership awards completed
We participated in Girlguiding’s
#InspireGirls recruitment campaign which saw adverts for Girlguiding on telephone boxes and on buses to raise awareness of our organisation. Leaders have been making use of the new recruitment toolkit and introducing Girlguiding at School assemblies and School fayres.
Duke of Edinburgh
- Hours spent Volunteering – 372 hrs
- Physical Activity – 372 hrs
- Personal Skills – 372 hrs
- Leadership Team volunteered – 20 hrs
- Total hours spent on expedition across all participants 804 hrs
- This year we are celebrating:
Bronze – 1
Silver – 10
Gold – 3
- 49 girls are working on Awards:
Bronze – 19
Silver – 8
Gold – 22
Membership figures 2019
Following the introduction of the new Guiding programme the BP Award has been phased out. We included a BP adventure as part of our County Camp for those working towards the highest award within the Guide section. This year we are delighted that the final 27 Guides
are recipients of this award.
Girlguiding Glasgow continues to strengthen our Queen’s Guide support with drop-in support sessions available for candidates and mentors. The County extends congratulations to seven Queen’s Guides who have received award and a further 16 working towards their award.
Girls from across the County attended Girlguiding Glasgow INTOPS event participating in a busy day of increasing awareness of International Girlguiding. Countries visited this year include Lesotho, Finland, and West Virginia, USA, where a Guide attended the 24th World Scout Jamboree alongside 40,000 Scouts/Guides and Leaders from across 152 nations.
A Ranger took part in a 100km trek across the Arctic as part of a joint Girlguiding Scotland, Girlguiding Cymru and Girlguiding Midlands trip.
14 girls and Leaders represented #TeamGlasgow at Charnwood International Scout and Guide Camp in the summer.
During the summer we hosted 20 girls and Leaders from Lesotho, showing off our beautiful City and extending our Guiding friendship. The girls started off with a tour of the City Chambers, a tour in the open top bus, a visit to the Riverside Museum and then back to Girlguiding Headquarters for some campfire singing and swapping mementoes. One of our Guides, who hosted the girls, travelled to Lesotho as part of her INTOPs experience with Girlguiding Scotland and was able to meet up with some of the girls when she there.
Girlguiding Glasgow was represented on GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) trips by Nicola Pew (SE) to Albania and Georgia, Vanessa Ronald (SE) to Peru and Kira Hampson (ENE) to Senegal.
Our Outdoor Adviser and lead volunteer for our Campsite, Achachairdeis, Theresa Gault, decided to apply for the experience of a lifetime and volunteer for a few weeks at Our Chalet, Switzerland. As a Short Term Volunteer Theresa was able to give additional support to the team in Guest Services meeting Guides and Scouts from around the world whilst living in Switzerland. Although kept busy Theresa did have some free time and was able to enjoy the outdoors in the beautiful Alps.
Girlguiding Glasgow is committed to ensure our organisation meets the needs of our girls and young women.
To ensure we are continuously striving to #BeOurBest it has been essential to invest time and effort in all areas in which we operate in. Girlguiding Glasgow values our Leaders and has delivered a full training programme open to all volunteers to enhance existing skills and develop new ones.
- 255 hours spent training in First Aid with 49 volunteers achieving their First Aid qualification and 18 renewing their qualification. 36 volunteers have undertaken 108 hours training in Safeguarding at Levels 1–4
- Three training sessions delivered for new Leaders to assist with completion of Leadership qualification
- Drop-in sessions delivered for Mentoring, GO! and unit administration
- County trainings open to all our volunteers looking at the new programme with trainings of various aspect. In addition 31 Leaders attended a training weekend at Girlguiding Scotland, Netherurd
- Girlguiding Scotland Roadshow for all Leaders
- Fully audited unit accounts across the County
- 12 qualified County Peer Educators
- Transparent procedures continuously being reviewed to ensure robust governance within the organisation. Executive members participated in 438 hours of governance meetings ensuring our County is fit for purpose
- Achachairdeis improvement work ongoing at the campsite and within all buildings
- Opportunity for practical learning with one residential weekend for Leaders to learn at Achachairdeis and an additional three evening trainings
- Six Going Away With Licences completed this year
Girlguiding Glasgow is passionate about giving girls and members the opportunity to articulate their opinions and suggested solutions.
Members from the County team along with Youth members from the County attended our annual County development weekend. With our theme “Leading the Way”, our focus this year was to review and develop our approach to growth, mentorship, training and youth participation. Our ambition was to focus on three of our County’s strategic objectives:
- We will support the development of strong, confident and resilient girls
- We will actively encourage all girls and adults to join us in order to increase the diversity of our membership
- We will continue to develop a robust and transparent governance process
As groups we undertook a SWOT analysis of the County discussing what our strengths and weaknesses are whilst making plans where improvements could be made.
Sue Walker, past Scottish Chief Guide, shared her findings following her consultation on our County Structure and her recommendations for us to take forward to reshape the County.
The Division Commissioners had motivational speaking from past Girlguiding Scotland Executive member Joyce White OBE, with focus on how to balance their volunteering, professional and personal lives. They also spent time reviewing the Business Plan, considering Good Guiding health checks for Division Units, their own
roles and responsibilities and recruitment and retention of volunteers.
Our Youth members reviewed Girlguiding’s 18–30 offering and what it means to them and considered how best to support this age group within the County whilst also focusing on how we can strengthen youth voice at all levels in the County.
- The girls enjoyed a night out to Sense’s allotment in Bellahouston Park. They planted seeds, had an epic game of hide and seek and our first Ranger made her Promise
- Some of the Guides in the Unit had their first residential at County Camp and had a fantastic time
- Gained the Peru challenge badge with some favourite activities for this making pompoms and panpipes
- Hosting a Halloween party for both the Sense and the Ibrox Unit
- The girls and leaders made their #PlasticPromise to reduce single-use plastic and sent a letter to their local MSP about protecting the environment
Glasgow Trefoil Guild
The four Trefoil Guilds continue to flourish and have had interesting and informative events. The talk on Canine Partners with Heston the dog was a big hit and a member of the Erskine staff spoke about their Charity. Maureen Reid recalled her Journey round Japan with members of the Olave Baden-Powell Society, the Rev Catherine Beattie gave an excellent presentation on her trip to Malawi and Alison Plummer, one of our trainers, gave us an insight into the new Girlguiding programme.The International Evening in February featured India and was well attended as was the County lunch at the Mercure Hotel in March. There have been visits to Netherurd, Rouken Glen Park, the Lake of Menteith and a sleep over at Napier House. Members were also present at the Scottish AGM in Clydebank as well as the National AGM in Southport. On a sad note we were sorry to hear of the passing of Christine Harold and Maureen McRobb. My term of office has now ended and I am pleased to say that Jan Young and Ann Kelly have taken over as President
Glasgow Trefoil Guild
As many of you will be aware Trefoil Guild celebrated its 75th anniversary this year and to celebrate the anniversary the UK TG chose as its charity Riding for the Disabled to which we contributed. Each of the four Guilds in the County celebrated in different ways:
- Northern – a picnic at the Campsite
- NNE – an event with the Guides and Brownies at the church with games and the planting of a Centenary Rose
- ENE – an overnight at the campsite
- South – an afternoon tea at Netherurd
This year quite a number of members attended the UK Annual Meeting in Birmingham as well as the Scottish one which took place in Aviemore in October. We were also represented at Glasgow’s Golden Generation Ecumenical Service.
Girlguiding Glasgow sincerely thanks the following organisations and individuals, along
with others, for the financial donations
which allow us to invest in the members
of our organisation.
Alison Spurway OBE
Dr Helen Laird
Glasgow South Trefoil Guild
Glasgow ENE Trefoil Guild
WA Cargill Fund
Templeton Goodwill Trust
John Dallas Fund
MEB Charitable Trust
Edmiston Family Charitable Trust
The Trades House of Glasgow:
Incorporation of Fleshers of Glasgow