Welcome from our
County President 
Morag Liddell


It is such a privilege for me to be your newly appointed County President for the next five years and it has been extra special having received so many messages of support. Girlguiding really is a magnificent organisation for making lifelong friendships, maintained through a common purpose – developing and supporting girls and young women to become responsible citizens of the world.

Girlguiding has been in existence for over one hundred years and has thrived in the City of Glasgow throughout this time. As the organisation goes from strength to strength, more girls are joining and enjoying fun, friendship and adventure in a safe and healthy environment. This year we have much to celebrate in Girlguiding Glasgow.

Throughout the UK, we are implementing a 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, and as we look forward to its full implementation, we wish all our highly motivated leaders well over the next year, as they generate more opportunities for girls and young women.

The Trefoil, our sister organisation, is 75 years old. Such a memorable milestone in their organisation. These women and their supporters have given the best years of their life to Girlguiding, helping to shape our organisation to become the modern dynamic movement it is today. I congratulate Trefoil and sincerely thank all the members for their continued support to Glasgow Guiding.

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 and you can almost hear the giggles and laughter jumping out of the pages. 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.

Our International activities are vital to us. With 10 million members world-wide 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. We truly can ‘Give Girls a Voice’ both in Glasgow and beyond.

Girlguiding is only possible because of our volunteers. Our qualified adult leaders and helpers who, week in week out, deliver a well – balanced programme of activities throughout Glasgow. They look for no reward, other than seeing girls and young women develop in confidence and gain new skills as they make their way through life. A simple ‘thank you’ somehow does not seem enough but I can assure each and every one that they are valued and their contribution is valued.

At the heart of everything we do is a commitment which is given in the form of a Promise – ‘I promise that I will do my best’. The words of our Promise underpin everything we do and there is no doubt that our members live the Promise every day of their lives.

I congratulate everyone involved in Girlguiding Glasgow throughout this magnificent City of ours, and look forward to our organisation growing in numbers throughout the year.

Morag Liddell
County President

“Girlguiding really is a magnificent
organisation for making lifelong
friendships, maintained through a
common purpose – developing and
supporting girls & young women
to become responsible citizens of
the world.”Morag Liddell, County President

Report from our
County Commissioner

Jill Elborn


Now in my third term as County Commissioner I am delighted to report that Girlguiding Glasgow is making strong progress to achieve the strategic plan we set out back in 2016. Our County team has made a committed effort to focus on the specific goals we identified as our key priorities for our County and I am delighted to report we are steadily achieving them.

One of our key priorities within the County is growth and, after a concentrated effort by our County team at our development weekend in early January, our County established clear growth goals which we have been working towards over the last ten months. This has seen strong collaboration by key volunteers and our full time Development Worker to establish Girlguiding in new areas, connecting with hard to reach communities and encouraging Girlguiding Glasgow to think out of the box and deliver Girlguiding in new ways. Growth is challenging, that is without a doubt, however I have been encouraged by the results of the initiatives which we have tried. Sometimes our attempts haven’t worked as we had hoped but that is okay as we have learned from the experience and we have a great deal more to do to ensure all girls and young women in Glasgow have the opportunity to experience the benefits of Girlguiding. We have made a strong and purposeful start to reach our goals and have opened several new units; I relish the next stages of the challenge in the forthcoming year!

Reflecting on the past year I am overwhelmed by the opportunities and adventures which Girlguiding Glasgow has provided members. It has been another busy year of leaders going above and beyond to give girls and young women amazing opportunities and experiences. As County Commissioner I am very fortunate to attend many of the events taking place at a County and local level and I am always touched by the enthusiasm of our youth members and the passion and dedication of our leaders.

Our adult volunteers underpin Girlguiding Glasgow and I am incredibly thankful for the endless hours they donate to our  organisation to ensure we continuously strive to #BeOurBest and make a significant impact within the communities which we work.

One special evening in March I enjoyed attending was our Vice Presidents Supper. The evening was to celebrate Maureen Reid’s time as Girlguiding Glasgow President and welcome Morag Liddell to the role. The evening was most enjoyable and it was one of the rare times when I had been in the same company as Girlguiding Glasgow’s previous six County Commissioners. What struck me was the passion and energy within the room for Girlguiding and the amazing intergenerational friendship that flourishes within our organisation. Just as our Promise is at the heart of all that we do in Girlguiding the unique friendships which are united by our common goal to support and empower young women to be the best they can be are incredibly special and what I value so much about being a volunteer.

It is my privilege to share our annual report with you for session 2017/18, it conveys only a small part of the fun and friendship which our members share on a weekly basis in units across the city. WAGGGS challenged members to make IMPACT through their  Thinking Day theme and our County has strived to do this by delivering a varied and girl led programme and this report provides a flavour of the excellent opportunities which have been available to our members.

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 duties ensuring our County operates in the most effective and efficient way. This is an immense responsibility and one which they carry out conscientiously. I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such a supportive wider County team who share the same passion and vision as myself. I greatly rely on those around me for their knowledge and experience and most importantly their time to drive our County forward.

It is an incredible honour to lead #TeamGlasgow. As I enter my fourth year as your County Commissioner I am prouder than ever to belong to Girlguiding Glasgow and be part of a County that is so forward thinking, determined and passionate about being focused on delivering Girlguiding #ForEveryGirl. The year ahead promises to hold a varied and engaging programme for all sections of our County and I look forward to meeting even more members and sharing excellent Girlguiding experiences.

Once again thank you to everyone involved in Girlguiding in Glasgow for everything that you do, whether it’s weekly, monthly, just once a year or as an ambassador shouting out about what we do. Thank you. As Baden-Powell said “the most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others” and I know that is exactly what #TeamGlasgow does for all involved in our growing County.

Yours in Girlguiding
Jill Elborn
County Commissioner


STEM / Guides

Girlguiding Glasgow Guides 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.

Rainbow & Brownie /
Fun & Feathers

Fun and Feathers was an event led by our Residential team & held at Netherurd House at the end of March. The event saw around 120 members of Girlguiding Glasgow descend on Netherurd for a day full of fun and laughter. The girls were able to meet and hold various birds of prey including owls and eagles. The girls took part on various feather themed crafts, transformed into birds of prey through the magic of facepaint and explored the Netherurd woods looking for fairies and their houses. 30 girls and Leaders stayed for the full weekend enjoying for some a first time residential event with Girlguiding.

Young Leader Weekend

Girlguiding Glasgow is committed to developing our girls and young women and a key focus this year has been actively encouraging and supporting youth members to undertake their Young Leadership Qualification. Our County hosted a training weekend to raise awareness of the award and also provide tailored training to allow Young Leaders to complete the syllabus.

Beth from Cathcart Senior Section tells us about the Young Leader weekend at Netherurd: “I had a fantastic time at the Young Leader weekend! I met new people, learned key skills on becoming a Young Leader and laughed a lot! Friday evening we got to know one another and played games before the main part of our training on Saturday. We had various sessions covering the Girlguiding programme, leadership techniques and the opportunities available to us as members of the Senior Section. I learned a lot in the sessions and completed parts of our Young Leader qualification which has helped me in gaining this qualification. Saturday night was great – we had a campfire, a party and time to relax with our new friends. On Sunday we had an opportunity to take part in a focus group giving feedback and our opinions on Girlguiding Glasgow which I really enjoyed.”


Over 100 members of Girlguiding Glasgow descended on Achachairdeis to celebrate 50 years of Napier House, the biggest of the onsite accommodation at our Campsite in Gartocharn. Over the years hundreds of girls and their leaders have made many happy memories on holidays spent there. Former Brownies joined with current members of our largest section to take part in activities from yesteryear, outdoor challenges and crafts. A specially decorated cake for the occasion was cut by Isobel alongside a Brownie whose 11th birthday was imminent and once the formalities had been completed, the fun began!

The girls worked in small groups to find clues around the site to solve a riddle, tried some traditional fairground games, took part in competitive games and decorated a photo frame that housed a photo of their group to take home as a memento of the day. Our older guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea and lots of chat which focussed on memories of happy times spent at Napier House and Achachairdeis including wheelbarrow races, first camping experiences and evenings spent star gazing. The event closed after a magic show and campfire songs involving young and old.

Regional Camp / Guides

Girlguiding Glasgow welcomed the new Chief Guide to our camp site as part of our Regional Camp in May. Over 300 Guides from surrounding Counties joined in a weekend of fun and adventure. The theme for the camp was ‘Strathclyde Down Under’ and Glasgow was delighted to send a large contingent to participate in varied activities across the weekend. Highlights included visiting Bondi Beach zone where Guides could chill out with a mocktail, have a go on the surf machine or kick back in a hot tub followed by a visit to the outback zone for bushcraft skills and cooking to name a few. Disco, film night and campfires filled much of the evening entertainment programme. It was a tremendously successful weekend where new friendships were formed by guides and adult volunteers alike as Strathclyde region worked hard to achieve a wow weekend for all involved.

Alton Towers / Senior Section

Alton Towers Senior Section trip involved a very early rise and meeting at 4.30am! We travelled down to Alton Towers arriving early bells to their amazing Halloween theme. Youth members from across the County enjoyed each other’s company while overcoming some fears of the rollercoasters. We went on almost all the parks main attractions including The Smiler, Oblivion and even managed to squeeze in the new Wicker Man ride! The bus was very quiet on the way home … tiredness I’m sure, and not just having no voices from screaming!

Fun & Feathers

Sophie of the 15th Brownie Pack said she
“really liked holding the owls”. Niamh of
the 224th Pack encapsulated the ethos
of Guiding when she said “I liked making
new friends”.Lucy, 224th Brownies

Dash to Denmark

“Incredibly proud to be part of this fantastic group of women.”Julie, Leader with 60th Rainbows


Girlguiding Glasgow is passionate about ensuring Girlguiding is available to all.

The introduction of a full time Development Worker last year has allowed us to focus on membership growth and retention. We have worked together with the Commissioners and Membership team to ensure that more girls from all backgrounds benefit from what we do, increasing the membership of Girlguiding in terms of both girls and volunteers. The journey started last year continued with strategic mapping and targeting areas for growth of new units to help the membership grow at all levels. This analysis and working alongside our Division Commissioners allowed us to target areas for growth opening a total of 10 new units, some in areas where Girlguiding was not currently delivered.

Our development worker has spoken at many school assemblies and community groups to promote Girlguiding Glasgow and has produced girl and volunteer recruitment kits for our volunteers to use within their own communities to promote Girlguiding.

During the Summer we introduced flexible guiding with two units in Tollcross and Govanhill areas of Glasgow giving girls an opportunity to discover Girlguiding. The girls took part in activities ranging from Guiding traditions to geocaching, a trip to Achachairdeis, our campsite at Gartocharn and making food over an open fire and taking over GGG Twitter account! We are looking to evolve the flexible guiding over the coming months to include other school holidays and weekends.

We have refined our Welcome meeting process for new volunteers and following our participation in GGUK’s pilot for Induction sessions have rolled these out this year to our new volunteers giving them 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 – 81 volunteers attended

  • Participation in GGUK pilot “Access to Guiding” with five Induction Meetings delivered to 24 volunteers

  • 19 adult leadership awards completed

  • Ten new Units opened

  • 6% growth in both membership and Units

Membership figures 2017






Stats GGS as of 25th October 2018

Duke of Edinburgh

  • Participants spend volunteering
    – 600hrs approx.
  • Physical activity – 420 hrs approx.
  • Personal skills – 324hrs approx.
  • Leadership Team – volunteered 1,178 hrs
  • This year we are celebrating:
    Bronze – 13
    Silver – 4
    Gold – 4
  • 46 girls currently working on Award, made up of:
    Bronze – 20
    Silver – 5
    Gold – 21

20 Girlguiding Glasgow members attended Girlguiding Glasgow INTOPS event participating in a busy day of increasing awareness of International Girlguiding. Girlguiding Glasgow members visited France, Ireland, Norway and Denmark over the summer months.

24 Guides, Seniors and Leaders from Girlguiding Glasgow visited Copenhagen as part of GGS’s Dash to Denmark Wide Game and the two County teams, led by our County Commissioner, won! Two of the young women were involved in the organisation of the event with Girlguiding Scotland’s Leadership team.

One Guide and one Leader represented Girlguiding Glasgow at Roverway in the Netherlands, organised by World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

Senior Section Advisor, Kirstyn McConnell, represented Girlguiding Glasgow on a GOLD (Guiding Overseas Linked with Development) trip to the Maldives

Baden Powell
Two Baden Powell weekends have been delivered in the County for those working towards the highest award within the Guide section. This year we are delighted that 72 Guides are recipients of this award.

Queen’s Guides
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 five Queen’s Guides who have received this award this year and a further 15 working towards their award.


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.

  • 448 hours spent training in First Aid with 34 volunteers achieving their First Aid qualification and 86 volunteers renewing their qualification and 36 volunteers undertaking Safeguarding training at Levels 1–3
  • Five Sectional Trainings delivered for new Leaders

  • Drop-in sessions delivered for Go! and unit administration

  • County Trainings open to all our volunteers looking at the new programme

  • Transparent procedures continuously being reviewed to ensure robust governance within the organisation. Executive members participated in 628 hours of governance meetings ensuring our County is fit for purpose

  • Fully audited unit accounts across the County

  • Achachairdeis improvement work ongoing at campsite and in Napier House

  • Increased opportunity for practical learning with two residential weekends for Leaders to learn at  Achachairdeis and an additional four evening trainings

  • Eight Going Away With qualifications 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 attended our annual County development weekend. Our focus this year was on membership growth and retention for both girls and adults. Our ambition was to focus on two of our Counties strategic objectives:

  1. We will actively encourage all girls and adults to join us in order to increase the diversity of our membership

  2. We will retain and grow our membership

We obtained an overview from our Development Worker Amy, who discussed how we can help membership grow at all levels with strategic mapping and targeting specific areas for growth.

We also reviewed the ‘Welcome & Induction’ process, recruitment of both girls and young women and also adult volunteers to provide high quality guiding to all girls and women wishing to join. We then considered how we could sustain long term growth and support retention by thanks and recognition, leadership development, delivering a high quality programme, flexible guiding methods and promotion of inclusion and diversity, so members of all backgrounds can be members. In addition we documented that we need to engage about guiding externally and undertake active promotion of the organisation.

The Young Leader weekend in March was used as an opportunity for the girls to work as a mini youth forum obtaining their opinion on County Executive agenda items. We wanted to know the changes they thought need to be made and where they think they fit in. The girls gave us ideas for future Ranger events and topics they think would engage Ranger members their age. The girls are continuing to work towards, and are on track for, completion of their YLQ.

The YF members have investigated some of the issues affecting young girls of today’s world and established that they will be visiting divisions in small groups to speak with all sections to gain a better understanding of what our young members want from GGG.

Division Highlights



Sense Charity received funding to allow the Sense unit to continue and had some new members join this term, including our first Ranger and girls transitioned from Rainbows to Brownies. Girls from the unit were excited to carry the flag at a Division meeting. The girls are all enjoying the new programme and the Leaders have a good partnership with the Sense care team.

Funding received from Endrick Trust for badgework within the unit and to fund outings and events out with our usual meeting place. This funding has already financially supported one of the girls to attend South West Division Camp in June 2018 and for a Sense Unit outdoor day at Gartocharn in October 2018.

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.

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.

Financial acknowledgements

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.


WA Cargill Fund
Templeton Goodwill Trust
John Dallas Fund
MEB Charitable Trust
Ardoch Foundation
Edmiston Family Charitable Trust
Glasgow Educational & Marshall Trust
Allander Trust
Girlguiding Scotland
Tennant Southpark Charitable Trust
A K Spurway OBE

A Ritchie
M Reid
Dr H Laird
Glasgow County Trefoil Guild
Glasgow South Trefoil Guild
Glasgow ENE Trefoil Guild

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