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Newsletter April 2023

Hello everyone,

It’s the school holidays and some of you will be having a well-earned break from your unit meetings, others of you will be away with units.

Thank you so much for all the time you give to Guiding throughout the year.  It never ceases to amaze me the number of volunteer hours our 900+ adults give.

Watch for the launch of the “Volunteer badge” timed go live on Coronation Day and lets all celebrate our contributions. 

I had a great meeting with 15 treasurers across the county.  There was lots of really good conversation but most importantly don’t be afraid to ask for help if accounts are not your thing.  It is such an important part of our roles.  Check out the Girlguiding finance page here for more clarity of our responsibilities.

Thank you to everyone who came to the adult award event – so many great achievements to celebrate.

There are many different festivals at this time of year – so whether you are observing Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Eid al-Fitr or just enjoying a rest I hope you have time to relax with family or friends.

With best wishes,


County Commissioner

What’s On This Summer – BOOK NOW

Watersports Activities

Paddle, surf and kayak…

This is your opportunity to experience a range of exciting activities by coming along to one of our Dorset County Watersports Activity Days 8/9th July.

Or traverse the Swanage coastline and book your space on our

Coasteering Climbing day with Land and Wave near Swanage 9th July.

Visit our website to check eligibility and find out more


If needlecraft is your interest – why not join the needle felting workshop on 29th July and learn to create your very own felt owl.

Visit our website to book

Calling All Art Enthusiasts

Eloise at adventures@girlguidingdorset.org.uk


Just to remind you that the next deadline for county awards is April 12th and region awards is April  20th 2023, so please do send in any nominations.

Young volunteers and a Safe Space training

Volunteers under 18-years-old need to complete the a safe space training for 14-17-year-olds.

From 11 April, all young volunteers will become active not active pending.

Commissioners will be able to find out which young volunteers still need to complete their training through a new option on the safe practice tab in GO.

If a young volunteer is attending a residential event, they must complete the training.

New Volunteers

We are hoping for lots of new volunteers after the Coronation publicity.

Please think how nervous a new person may be and give them a great big Guiding welcome.  

If you are coping well with your unit team and feel you don’t need another leader either let your commissioner know so they can find them a space elsewhere or consider welcoming them in so they can learn all the great things you do.  

You can be the difference to giving that helper confidence and the passion to start a new unit.


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